After the recent theft of five paintings of Braque, Léger, Matisse, Modigliani and Picasso during the night between the 19th and the 20th of May, valued in 100 million euro, and until now not recovered, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris (Musée D'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris) was supposedly victim of another illicit act this last week.
The painting "Cadillac Moon 1981" belonging to Jean-Michel Basquiat, appeared scratched with a couple of small marks on its lower left side, made with a felt tip.
Exhibited since October 15, the painting has now been removed while the investigation takes place.
Mr. Fabrice Hergott, the museum's director, stated in an inconsolable tone that it's a dark period for the museum: "On n'a pas de chance, c'est vraiment la série noire"
Until January 30, 2011, the Museum of Modern Art is dedicating an extensive retrospective about the late American artist of Haitian and Puerto Rican origin Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) on occasion of the 50th anniversary of his birth.