Theft at Springfield Art Museum Includes Andy Warhol Pieces

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Some of the art taken from the Springfield Art Museum includes Andy Warhol prints.

It’s been more than 50 years since he debuted the 32 prints at a California art gallery and since then, their value has skyrocketed.

You don’t find many people these days who haven’t heard of Andy Warhol.

“He’s probably one of the most iconic artists,” said Local Artist Pam RuBert.  “Because the art world knows him and so does the general public.”

The art was stolen from a special exhibit called “The Electric Garden of our Minds– British American Pop,” which included around 75 pieces– some of those being Warhol’s work.


“The Campbells Soup Cans are iconic,” said RuBert.

An artist herself, RuBert says she’s shocked.

“You feel invaded when someone breaks into your stuff and steals it,” said added.


She’s had her own work on display at the same museum.

“And it’s scary someone would steal the art,” she said.  “But in some way, it’s kind of a validation of the value of art– and people around Springfield are becoming more aware of the value.”
    
Although she says artists are always at risk of theft or vandalism, this incident is one she finds surprising.

“I can’t believe that would happen,” RuBert said.  “You think of Springfield as a place that wouldn’t happen in, but it shows the value of art and that it can happen anywhere.”

There is no reported damage to the museum building.

The exhibit was scheduled to close April 17, but is now shut down for investigation. The rest of the museum, however, is still open to the public.

The FBI is investigating.

ORIGINAL STORY:

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Springfield police are investigating a burglary at the Springfield Art Museum and authorities confirm some art was stolen.

Police spokesperson Lisa Cox tells KOLR10 News the break-in happened some time between 5:30 p.m. Wednesday and 8:45 a.m. Thursday.

Cox said some art was stolen from a special exhibition titled The Electric Garden of our Minds: British/American Pop.  She would not comment on which pieces or how many were taken.

According to the Museum’s website, the exhibition included about 75 pieces, some of which were prints of Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans.

Cox said there was no damage to the Museum building, and that it remains open to the public. The special exhibition is closed for the investigation.

In a prepared statement, Museum director Nick Nelson said,  “The museum is working with the proper authorities and being proactive in our security efforts as we remain open to the public. We are confident that the measures we taking will protect the museum’s treasures, while still making art accessible to our community.”  

The exhibit opened January 22 and was due to close on April 17.
 

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