Art flights are fascinating. How they got involved, who did it and what happened to the works of art. It inspires podcasts, documentaries, series and films. It is also the largest art theft ever in the United States.
Two men posing as police officers managed to steal 13 pieces of art from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. More than 30 years later, these important pieces of art history have still not been recovered. Masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and Manet were cut from the frames by the thieves and taken away in 81 minutes. The estimated value was estimated to be around $ 200 million in 1990 – now it would be over $ 1 billion. The empty frames are always hung in the museum “while waiting for the works to come home”.
In director Colin Barnicle’s four-part series, museum workers, eyewitnesses, the FBI and police, lawyers and journalists have their say. But the creator also managed to put famous art thief Myles Connor on camera. It gives a fascinating portrait of how and why the theft could have happened, the importance of art, but also where works of art can be now.
In a city where art and organized crime coexist and at a time when art is gaining more and more value, it only makes sense to add one plus one. Barnicle therefore also pays great attention to the Boston-based mafia. But also the particular history of the beautiful museum. (Stolen) works of art can be used as collateral or become part of a private collection. Or they were burned because the thief felt it was too hot under his feet.
The documentary speculates who the authors may have been, but aims to show more how valuable art is and what watching it can do for someone. “Works of art are just works of art because you interact with them.