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So that was ten years ago. This building sent out an unmistakable signal about contemporary art’s new valued position in mainstream culture. Tate Modern’s monumental size reflected Art’s new confidence. Tate Modern is Ten! A Culture Show Special 2/7, BBC 2010
Fifteen years ago Tate Modern was a derelict power station filled with the old turbines that gave the great hall its name. The decision to leave the Turbine Hall as one vast space has given Tate Modern a particular look and feel. Unique among modern art museums. ibid.
There have been ten Turbine Hall installations over the years. Sometimes they were very simple – you slid down giant slides ... Another time there was an unsettling crack in the floor by Doris Salcedo [Shibboleth, 2007]. ibid.
They’re going to build Tate Modern all over again ... Tate Modern II will rise above. ibid.
The most popular and successful art museum in the world. ibid.
This is the most successful museum of modern art in the world. Tim Marlow on ... the New Tate Modern, Channel 5 2006
A former power station turned power house of modern art. ibid.
Susan Hiller: From the Freud Museum 1991-6: What she presents here in a series of boxes is a beautifully classified categorised series of objects and images and maps and words with labels ... She is drawing into question what museums do. ibid.
Since the ’60s the Old Brewery has seen a succession of artists from the austere minimalist Carl Andre to the hardcore expressionist Tracey Emin, and the installation artist Mike Nelson who created a desert-scape in the upper gallery. Tim Marlow on Modern Art Oxford, Channel 5 2006
The Courtauld Gallery in London is one of the finest small collections of art in the world ... It forms part of the Courtauld Institute: an international centre for the study of art history ... I studied here at the Courtauld. Tim Marlow at the Courtauld 1/3, 2012
The Courtauld’s strength lies in the fact that we are given the opportunity to study there lesser known masters of art history. And their presence is one of the things that make the Courtauld special. ibid.
One of the real treasures here at the Courtauld, open to the public and students alike, is its prints and drawing room ... Among the most precious works in the collections are drawings by two towering figures of the Renaissance ... One of the most accomplished drawings in the Courtauld’s collection: by the mature, fifty-something Michelangelo. And this work produced around 1593 shows The Dream of Human Life. ibid.
The Louvre is big, brooding and vast … A building that’s over eight hundred years old and bursting with history. Treasures of the Louvre, BBC 2013
The grandest scale … This is a place of entertainment and magnificent spectacle … A mystical place, a sacred place. ibid.
In September 2005 Alexander Lindgren, Baha Kadhum and Dieya Kadhum were arrested in a police sting operation to recover a stolen painting. All three have since had their convictions overturned by Sweden’s Supreme Court. Art of the Heist s1e6: The Big Sting, opening text
On December 22nd 2000 three of the world’s greatest art treasures were stolen from the National Museum in Stockholm. Together the Rembrandt and two Renoir paintings were valued at $50,000,000. ibid.
At five minutes to five, just as the museum is closing, three thieves armed with a sub-machine gun and two pistols burst into the gallery. They force the museum’s security staff and the remaining terrified visitors to the floor. ibid.
They have been in the gallery less than a minute. ibid.
They make for the jetty and their awaiting boat. ibid.
Two car fires occurred near the museum at the same time as the robbery. ibid.
The first thief into the museum actually bothered to buy an entrance ticket. ibid.
Security protecting these masterpieces was virtually non-existent. ibid.
A little more than a week after the robbery police knew the identity of key members of the gang. ibid.
They traced calls made to the boat seller to a second phone. ibid.
In December 1913 a man arrived with a trunk in Florence after a sixteen-hour train journey from Paris. He checked into a run-down hotel, and the next day he was visited by two of Italy’s greatest experts in art. The man had something to give them: the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci. The Mona Lisa had been taken from the Louvre two years earlier in one of the coolest and most brazen art robberies ever. Art of the Heist s2e3: The Man Who Stole the Mona Lisa
It had simply just vanished ... A humble Italian carpenter had outwitted the whole of the French art establishment ... It was more than twenty-four hours before anyone even realised the Mona Lisa was missing. ibid.
Luck and police incompetence favoured [Vincenzo] Peruggia. ibid.
Two names came up, names familiar in the world of art and letters. One was a poet. The other a young Spanish artist who was already showing promise: Pablo Picasso. ibid.
Peruggia treated the Mona Lisa with respect. ibid.
He told the court his motive for the theft was national pride. ibid.
For a long time he had slept with the Mona Lisa by his bed. ibid.
Its fascination has always been her expression: the Mona Lisa smile. ibid.
The Louvre was shut indefinitely. But still had to face the public outcry. ibid.
The authorities clung to the faint hope that the theft was a publicity stunt. There were plenty of other theories. ibid.
A thumbprint from the thief. Finger-printing was a relatively new science. ibid.
The Hermitage in St Petersburg vies with The Louvre in Paris as the world’s greatest museum. In August 2006 its director made an announcement: more than 200 items worth about $5 million were missing from its vaults. It was a huge scandal. Art of the Heist s2e4: The Russian Conspiracy
The Winter Palace became a museum – the Hermitage. It contains the collections seized from the Tsars and the Russian aristocracy. ibid.
Only 5% of the museum’s contents is ever on show at one time. ibid.
226 items were missing from the store-room of Russian precious metals and jewellery, and the curator of the department [Larisa Zavadskaya] had died at her desk nine months before. ibid.
The Hermitage director was convinced his enemies were plotting his downfall. ibid.
They discovered still more objects missing. ibid.
In January 2006 Austrian police began a search of a wooded area outside Vienna. It was a strange place to look for a salt-cellar but it was no ordinary salt-cellar they were seeking, but a solid gold one by Benvenuto Cellini, more than three hundred years old ... worth about £30,000,000 and stolen from Vienna’s History of Art Museum. The thief had been toying with the police sending them anonymous letters and leading them on a treasure hunt with written clues along the way. For three years the audacious thief led the police on a wild goose chase playing hunt the salt-cellar. Art of the Heist s2e5: The Thieving Don Juan
On the seventh floor they found chaos: a window had been broken from the outside. In the centre of the room a glass cabinet had been broken, and it was empty. ibid.
Valued for insurance today at $65,000,000. ibid.
The sculpture was unique, and uniquely important. ibid.
It started as one of the most perfect art heists. Two Rubens stolen in broad daylight from a gallery in Spain leaving no clues. With the art world on high alert, trying to sell the stolen paintings was to prove the thief’s biggest challenge. Art of the Heist s2e6, Miami Sting
The thief is able to walk out of the museum before anybody notices the paintings are missing. It could not have been simpler. ibid.
Miami: The entire gang had been arrested, and the stolen Rubens recovered. ibid.
Two men knocked on the door of the museum and they were dressed as policemen. There were two guards on duty who let them in, and who were then tied up. These are the most valuable pictures which have been stolen in one crime, and they haven’t been recovered. Julian Radcliffe, Art Loss Register