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Sunday, August 22, 2021

scream blackula scream!
That should be the sound emanating from the Norwegian Ministry of Culture after Edvard Munch’s iconic painting “The Scream” was stolen today in broad daylight.

If you’re gonna steal a Munch painting, “The Scream” is the one to nab:

Munch made four versions of “The Scream”, an image that has fascinated experts and the general public for decades. Art historians and amateurs alike have pondered the meaning of the enigmatic, seemingly bleak image, which over the years has found fame in the popular culture in serious reproductions but also cartoons and novelty items.

Novelty items like the inflatable Scream figure doll, which I see almost every day in the art department of my magazine. Truly a sign of pop-cultural assimilation.

It seems the curators at the Munch Museum were trusting enough of the public to not install any sort of alarm system or other protections on the priceless artwork they’re displaying. Someone over there should be sprucing up their resume right now, because they’ll be on the streets soon.

I’m thinking that if the powers-that-be at the Salvador Dali Museum, here in Tampa Bay, don’t want a copycat crime, they’ll either install protective devices or doublecheck the ones they’ve got. Munch has only one painting that’s crossed into the pop culture landscape; Dali has a huge body of work that’s done so.

- Costa Tsiokos, Sun 08/22/2004 03:49:00 PM
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  1. First off, I dig the new site. Very nice.

    Second, don’t worry about the Dali museum. Without saying too much, a person we both know has tested the limits of the Dalis security, and it has not been found wanting.

    Comment by The 'Belt — 08/23/2004 @ 02:45:39 PM

  2. Well, I guess I can eat my words…

    http://sptimes.com/2004/08/24/Southpinellas/Armed_guards_watch_Da.shtml

    Comment by The 'Belt — 08/24/2004 @ 02:11:18 PM

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