There was a break-in last night at the Dutch art museum Singer Laren, that is currently closed because of restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the coronavirus. The police cannot say whether the burglars have stolen anything.
It wasn’t immediately clear if any paintings or art were stolen in the raid in the early hours of Monday morning on the Singer Laren museum, which is east of Amsterdam near Hilversum.
The museum did not release any details. It scheduled a news conference for Monday afternoon at 15:00 hours.
The museum is currently closed due to the coronavirus. The burglars came in around 03:15 by forcing the glass front door. According to eyewitnesses, another door in the museum is also broken.
The museum houses the collection of American couple William and Anna Singer, with a focus on modernism such as neo-impressionism, pointillism, expressionism and cubism. The museum currently houses works by Jan Toorop, Vincent van Gogh and Piet Mondriaan. A cast of Auguste Rodin’s statue The Thinker is also in the museum. The entire collection of the Singer Laren has at least 3000 works of art.
This is not the first break-in at the museum. In January 2007, there was a major art theft. Then, seven statues were stolen from the museum garden, including a cast of The Thinker, which was later found severely maimed.