October 16, 2012 - 16:51 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Paintings by artists including Picasso, Matisse, Monet, Gauguin and Freud have been stolen from a museum in Rotterdam, BBC News reported.
Police said the works were taken from the Kunsthal Museum on Monday, October 15 or early on Tuesday morning.
The museum is showing works from the Triton Foundation as part of its 20th anniversary celebrations.
"There was a break-in during the night and a few paintings were taken that represent a considerable sum," said spokeswoman, Patricia Wessels.
"We're investigating how they got access, what time it happened and who did it."
Dutch police are reviewing videotape footage and calling on any witnesses to come forward.
They said one painting by Picasso, one by Matisse and two by Monet were taken.
The Triton Foundation is a collection of avant-garde art and the Kunsthal exhibition was showing its works by more than 150 famed artists, including Paul Cezanne, Salvador Dali, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol.
Although some of the foundation's works have been on public display in the past, the current exhibition at the Kunsthal was the first time the entire collection had been shown together.
State news agency, NOS said a Matisse painting called The Reading Girl was among the items taken.
The Kunsthal museum, which means "art gallery" in Dutch, is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own.
In a statement, the museum's chairman Willem van Hassel said the museum would be closed on Tuesday.