Artwork “disappearing” at the ministries
9 March 2007, Amsterdam – More than 2,800 works of art loaned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to other ministries and local governments cannot be found.
9 March 2007
Amsterdam – More than 2,800 works of art loaned by the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science to other ministries and local governments cannot be found.
More than 2,055 items have been lost at ministries, and “several hundred” have gone missing at municipalities and education and healthcare institutions. Education and Culture Minister Ronald Plasterk has written this in a letter to Parliament.
Plasterk has reached a financial settlement with the ministries to compensate for the lost artwork. The settlement involves an amount of almost EUR 3 million. A Karel Appel painting, entitled “Crime II”, valued at EUR 52,185, is also among the missing pieces.
Plasterk has also reached a settlement with the other institutions, this time involving EUR 2 million. Not only paintings have gone missing, but sculptures and pieces of furniture are also among the lost items.
The ministry has been trying to get items back for the past two years. Two hundred objects were found. Less than 2 percent of the 2,800 missing objects are worth more than EUR 10,000.
The minister has set stricter conditions on loaning artwork and promised to monitor the contracts more closely so as to avoid problems like this in the future.
[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]
Subject: Dutch news