Seven paintings were stolen from Rotterdam's Kunsthal museum early today. The paintings were from artists Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, and Claude Monet, in addiiton to works by Lucian Freud, Paul Gauguin, and Meyer de Haan.
The heist, one of the largest in years in the Netherlands, occurred while the private Triton Foundation collection was being exhibited publicly as a group for the first time. The collection was on display as part of celebrations surrounding the Kunsthal's 20th anniversary celebrations.
An MSNBC report says that theft is one of the art world's most dramatic in recent years and will likely be worth millions.
Kunsthal, designed by Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas, does not have its own collection and exhibits different types of art, including photos, sculptures, design and fashion.