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    Edvard Munch masterpieces destroyed?

    http://www.aftenposten.no/english/lo...cle1028548.ece

    Unconfirmed reports that the paintings have been incinerated since it was damning evidence to the thieves. Here's to hoping that the report's false or that they just burned cheap copies to boost the value of the surviving pieces.

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    phah....Munch was a amazing artist but i always thought and still think that "The Scream" is one of his worst works....just....kitsh....uhhhhh....so it wouldn`t hurt me too much if the pictures are destroied <_<....NOTE= thats just my opinion...if anyone want to rant now about my comment he should keep it for himself because i wont care...

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    ??? I thought the scream was returned ? I even saw a documentary on that last week ! Maybe was it a different version of the painting ? Anyhow, I find the destruction of artwork to be despicable. To me, it's as close as book burning... Whether it's due to a point of view on the artwork or the cowardice of the thieves. All in all, a terrible cultural loss.

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    I was under the impression that there are multiple versions of Scream... as well as multiple thefts of said multiple versions. Perhaps the documentary was about one of the previous instances?

    -toasty

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    Yeah...I heard that there were 4 versions of the Scream too. Didn't know that some were also stolen though...

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    "The Scream, Oslo, 1994: While most of Norway was watching the opening
    of the Winter Olympics in Lillehammer, two thieves broke into a
    gallery in nearby Oslo and took Edward Munch’s most famous work.
    They set off an alarm - which was ignored by the guard, and the
    thieves left a note reading: 'Thanks for the poor security.'"

    "Charley Hill, a former detective chief inspector in Scotland Yard’s
    arts and antiques squad, who is now a security adviser to the
    Historic Houses Association, was the man who recovered a £5 million
    Titian, Rest On The Flight To Egypt, which had been stolen from Lord
    Bath’s estate at Longleat, Wiltshire. He would not admit a ransom
    might have been paid. But he has a reputation for getting the goods.
    He recovered Edvard Munch’s The Scream three months after it was
    stolen from Oslo's National Museum in 1994. Posing as a Getty
    representative, Hill persuaded the thieves that he was ready to pay
    their £300,000 ransom for a painting with an estimated market value
    of £35 million."

    Cool website: http://te.verweg.com/pipermail/cppro...st/000242.html

    -toasty

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    As a norwegian I don't care that much about this. As it was already pointed out there are three other versions of the Scream, or "Skrik" as it's called in norwegian, and I think there's another version of the Madonna as well.
    Munch was an okay artist, but there're living norwegian artists that are better than him, like Odd Nerdrum for instance. And myself for that matter.

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    Personally, I think it's horrible that the painting was stolen, but I despise the Scream. My art teacher has a poster hanging in her room, I hate looking at the wall because of the off chance of seeing the damned thing.

    But I'm glad it was returned, it's still something personal to someone, stealing is just teh gay.

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    Whether it was a horrible painting or not the fact that it was burned is terrible and far worse. I'm not very keen on my Art history and over all knowledge so is it the original The Scream that was burned or a duplicate?

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