Man Steals a $1 Million Painting Off a Gallery Wall in Broad Daylight

It might even be possible that he's an avid fan of Kuindzhi's, seeing as he made his move on what would have been the artist's 177th birthday—and ultimately abandoned the painting, which, thanks to a tip-off, was discovered at a building site outside of Moscow the next morning, without apparently sustaining any damages. (The police have since arrested a 31-year-old suspect who's so far maintained that's he's innocent—and that he can't exactly remember where he was on the Sunday in question.

With 2018 in the past, it's time for a whole new year of art-related drama, which officially kicked off over the weekend in Russia when a man mistaken for a gallery employee stopped by an exhibition of the Russian landscape painter Arkhip Kuindzhi, on view at Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.

Rather than outfit the gallery with more alarms, however, the gallery apparently decided its best bet at preventing future visitors from picking up one of its security poles and breaking an artwork's protective glass was to review sale of alcohol, seeing as the suspect later admitted that he had been drinking vodka before embarking on his attack.

It's embarrassing enough for a gallery to lack sensors and alarms, but all the more so for Tretyakov Gallery, seeing as it was only last year that the institution suffered another security mishap from an arguably even bolder visitor: one brandishing a metal pole.

This latest incident, however, seems to have driven the risk home: an official from Russia's Ministry of Culture promised that the gallery is now taking steps to outfit each and every of its paintings with alarms.


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