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Oct072007

MONET Vandalised in Musée d'Orsay, Paris

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Vandalised MONET at Musée d'Orsay
Just heard this on French news. Intruders gained entry last night to the famed Muséee d'Orsay Museum in Paris - the art museum that houses one of the world's greatest collection of French Impressionist paintings.

Ironically last night was the annual Nuit Blanche cultural festival - an all-nighter that last year attracted 1.5 million people to the centre of Paris to celebrate art and culture.

The d'Orsay intruders apparently weren't art-lovers or art-thieves. The group were caught on security cameras having a cigarette and a piss and when the alarms went off, one of them punched a hole in MONET's "Le Pont d'Argenteuil".

Paris was not only celebrating things cultural last night but the French Rugby Team's win over The All Blacks in the Rugby World Cup.

The French culture minister, Christine Albanel, described the damage as an attack on "our memory, our patrimony".

Apparently the four inch (10 cm) tear (seen in the photo above) can be repaired.

Here's a Panorama of Musée d'Orsay

MONET vandalised in Paris Museum

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Reader Comments (1)

I was just there two days ago, and was astonished at the lack of security. University-aged security prowled the rooms, to be sure, but Van Gogh's "Self portrait" sat unprotected with two hands' length--the only barrier between me and it being a wire two feet high.

And that painting alone must be easily worth $100, 000, 000 plus.

I've decided that to be wise, they had very good reproducers paint all their more expensive paintings and have all the real ones safely stashed away.

Otherwise, it is beyond ludicrous.
December 1, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterNicholas Robinson

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