The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum was again open to the general public on Sunday after the Boston establishment closed on the thirty third anniversary of the notorious artwork heist as a result of officers realized that local weather activists have been planning a protest inside.
Gardner Museum officers bought wind of Extinction Rebellion Boston’s plan for an indication on Saturday — which was 33 years to the day that 13 artistic endeavors, price not less than $500 million, have been stolen from the museum.
With the specter of a local weather protest, the museum determined to shut its doorways to the general public.
“Informed that climate activists were planning a protest inside the Museum that could potentially put our community and artworks at risk, we made the difficult decision to remain closed for the day (on Saturday),” Peggy Fogelman, the Norma Jean Calderwood director of the museum, wrote in an e-mail to the Gardner group.
Climate protesters have ruined artwork with paint at different museums world wide.
“Climate activists have been protesting around the world using art museums as a stage to promote their cause,” Fogelman added. “This protest was deliberate to coincide with the anniversary of the artwork theft that befell on the Gardner precisely 33 years in the past.
“While March 18th is always a painful day in the Museum’s history, those feelings were amplified today (Saturday) by not having the opportunity to welcome our visitors,” the director mentioned.
Extinction Rebellion Boston officers mentioned they deliberate a non-violent, non-destructive demonstration about biodiversity loss for the thirty third anniversary of the artwork heist. The activists have been planning to put in unique artwork items over the ornate frames stored empty for the reason that heist.
“In those 33 years, more than 1 million species of plants and animals have gone extinct due to human actions. This is the greatest heist on Earth,” an Extinction Rebellion Boston protester mentioned throughout a rally outdoors the museum on Saturday. “We can do something about it. You can do something to stop this.”
Thirteen works by famend artists — akin to Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet — have been stolen on March 18, 1990 and by no means recovered.
The FBI tweeted concerning the heist on the anniversary.
“The #FBI’s Art Crime Team remains focused on bringing the pieces home,” the FBI tweeted. “Dial 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit tips.fbi.gov to submit a tip.”
Massachusetts U.S. Attorney Rachael Rollins addressed the heist in a social media video, calling it “the largest property crime in the history of the world.”
“One of the first things I did as U.S. attorney was make this an active investigation again, rather than a documentary that people were looking at or something we thought about from decades past,” Rollins mentioned.
“We are proud to have a $10 million reward that has been offered for these 13 priceless pieces of art,” she added. “And we hope to be announcing shortly some renewed ways that we can educate the public about these 13 priceless pieces of art, because I think only with their help are we going to return them back home to Boston.”