The Tate Gallery and J.M.W. Turner
Description of the painting "Shade and Darkness - the evening after the Flood" by J.M.W. Turner
The Art robbery of J.M.W. Turner's "Shade and Darkness"
Three men have can be include in the Kunsthalle Schirn on the night of July 28, 1994 and overpowered at night a security guard. Then they took the three paintings from the wall and disappeared together with at least 50 million D-Mark valuable works of art. A few days later, two thieves are taken at the scene thanks to fingerprints. However, enter the residence of the paintings not cheap. 1999, they were sentenced to prison terms of eight and eleven years.
Insurance Company pays for the loss of the stolen paintings from the Frankfurt Schirn
Operation Cobalt: The Tate Gallery, the Serbian mafia and Scotland Yard
The further hearing Liebrucks with Stevo got now stalled because of the Frankfurt Mafia boss got convicted as cold feet. In autumn 2002 Liebrucks was contacted by two men who claimed to have the two still missing paintings. They were open for business. Apparently the men acted on their own, without informing Stevo.The Tate Gallery in London bought again with Liebrucks now back the second painting "Light and Colour" by Turner for two million marks. Liebrucks received an additional "reward" of the Tate Gallery for the successful handover of the two Turner paintings. In December 2002, the work of art was back in the hands of the London Museum.
For the Tate Gallery there was another lucky: They agreed with the Hiscox insurance shortly after the theft of a special over 8 million pounds, which enabled them in the event of a recovery of the stolen Turner paintings to keep the already paid the sum insured. Thus "earned" the Tate Gallery a profit of about 15 million pounds, with which they financed their new extension. For the Museum of London, the Odyssey of the stolen Turner paintings was completed, but not for the Kunsthalle Hamburg yet.
Source and related Links:
Shade and Darkness - the Evening of the Deluge in the Tate Gallery
1994: Spectacular art theft of paintings borrowed from the Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt
The art theft at the Kunsthalle Schirn in 1994
FAZ, 04.11.2005: A new chapter to the great art theft from the Schirn
The Independent, 17/07/2011: The stolen Turners, the serbian underworld, and a 24 million pound insurance job
Frankfurt Story: Art theft at the Schirn
Frankfurt Press, 06.01.2013: Painted hostages - How the Tate Gallery again got their pictures
Questions and Answers Grey on the Tate Gallery's Turner Recovered