Originally uploaded by Art or Idiocy?.
So The Scream and his girlfriend the Madonna are still missing. No one seems to care much anymore. I'm sure the museum still cares and the police care and the people of Norway care. Do you care? I care, but not that much. I feel guilty that I don't care that much. I'm racked with artguilt, what the Germans call Kunstschuld.
I haven't even thought about it in a while. But I did yesterday and so I checked what Aftenposten had to say. Its latest story on the subject was from back in December. It stated that when people witnessed the crime, they noticed the paintings and especially the Madonna were treated very carelessly. An unnamed source who runs in the underworld, claims to have seen the two pieces, and says they are in rough shape. Several sources claim that the Madonna is completely ruined. The criminal's story who contacted the press confirms these fears. The article also said the police remain optimistic and claim to have linked the getaway car to several suspects they know by name.
Will these paintings ever resurface? It doesn't seem likely after all this time. I could see the Madonna, hanging in tatters off it's shattered stretchers being dropped off in front of the Munch Museet. Maybe that is how it will go down. The paintings will appear in front of the museum, leaning against the doors. Or maybe the thieves will walk up in broad daylight to return them.
I've also recently come across this interesting tidbit: The theives of the other Scream from a few years back, left a note which read, "Thanks for the lousey security." Ouch.