Friday, April 18, 2014


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Van Gogh Works Temporarily Removed From Amsterdam Museum

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More than 70 works by Vincent van Gogh have been temporarily removed from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and taken to The Hermitage, a Dutch satellite of the Russian state Hermitage Museum.

The paintings will be returned to the Van Gogh Museum by April 2013 after the museum undergoes renovations, according to a statement on the museum's website.

The paintings, which include many of van Gogh's greatest masterpieces -- such as "Sunflowers," ''Irises," and "Wheatfield With Crows" -- were transported overnight under police escort.

They were packed in hard-shell cases resistant to temperature changes and bumps.

Based on reporting by AP and RFE/RL

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