Toughts upon the burnt paintings: Create educational, civilized prisons from extra taxes on rich people, so parents will not be scared for their children if they would go to prison. Repaint all burnt paintings and exhibit them in all uneducated -poor or rich- communities, so all will see their value. Other ideas?

2 Aug

Create educational, civilized prisons from extra taxes on rich people, so parents will not be scared for their children if  they would go to prison. Repaint all burnt paintings and exhibit them in all uneducated -poor or rich- communities, so all will see their value:

via Romanian’s Tale Has Art World Fearing the Worst – NYTimes.com.

Rotterdam Police, via Associated Press

Monet’s “Waterloo Bridge, London,” was one of seven works that were stolen in October from the Kunsthal museum in Rotterdam. More Photos »

have all they need in their own country. Some just want more, some just want it the easy way, but Romania doesn’t lack much, nor does America, yet they are both way far from perfect.

In the absence of more definitive news, Dutch newspapers and some art dealers have speculated that the plunder might have been a contract job orchestrated by underworld figures, with the thieves picking their targets well ahead of time.

What is clear is that the thieves appeared to have been familiar with the security system at the Kunsthal. Shortly after 3 a.m. on Oct. 16, they deactivated it for a few minutes, then broke the lock on an emergency door without triggering alarms, the Dutch police said. The museum’s camera system showed two men entering and leaving in less than 96 seconds, carrying unusually wide backpacks stuffed with the works.

Little is known about what followed, although the Dutch police have said that the works appeared to have been taken directly to a home in Rotterdam.

At some point after that, the Romanian police said, the works made their way to Carcaliu, which Mr. Oberlander-Tarnoveanu, the national museum director, described as “a remote and poor village.”

In late January, the Romanian police raided the homes of Mr. Dogaru and several relatives and acquaintances. Jeichien de Graaff, a spokeswoman for the Rotterdam public prosecutor’s office, said Mr. Dogaru and several other men had been under investigation on other unspecified charges, “and then the Romanian authorities discovered they might be involved in the art theft in Rotterdam.”

Referring to the Dogarus, Mr. Oberlander-Tarnoveanu said, “It seems they were not very honest, because apparently a lot of members of the family had a long judicial history.”

Mr. Dogaru’s arrest appeared to have spurred his mother into action. In her statement to the police, Mrs. Dogaru said she panicked when she realized the works would be used as evidence against her son. With officers combing the village, she told the authorities that she had looked frantically for places to hide the works, which were all in a large plastic bag.

She hid them in various places, including her sister’s home and her garden. Then, she said, she buried them at the village cemetery. But that did not end her anxiety, she told the police.

Fearful that the works could still be discovered, “an idea sprang into my mind,” she told the police, that if they were not found, there would be no evidence against her son and his friends.

In her statement, Mrs. Dogaru said she lighted a fire in the stove and went to the cemetery to get the works. “I put the whole package with the seven paintings, without even opening it, into the stove, and then placed over them some wood and my plastic slippers and waited for them to fully burn,” she said. “The next day I cleaned the stove, took out the ash and placed it in the garden, in a wheelbarrow.”

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