William Kentridge artworks stolen

2011-02-09 14:06

Johannesburg - Four William Kentridge artworks were stolen from the David Krut Projects art gallery in Parkwood on Saturday, Gauteng police said.

"A case of theft has been opened and we are investigating the incident", said spokesperson Sergeant Bongi Mdletshe.

The gallery's manager Taryn Hackett said the robbery happened during working hours on Saturday afternoon.

Kentridge is one of South Africa’s best-known artists.

"A couple came in to view the exhibition... I was suspicious of them and watched them leave.

"They didn't have any bags with them, so I think the guy might have slipped the prints under his shirt.

"We only noticed that four prints had been stolen on Monday and I reported it to the police immediately."

Artinsure managing director Gordon Massie said the insurance company managing the artworks wanted to maximise publicity about the robbery "to stop the items moving".

He said Artinsure had notified 2 500 people in the art industry about the robbery.

  • Paul - 2011-02-09 14:21

    This is Africa. If you wanted them safe , should have bolted them down, welded the bolts, put up an electric fence, hired a guard with a shotgun and installed cameras. Even then there are no guarantees.

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-09 14:32

      Hahahaha Paul is it that bad? lol

      Tshifhiwa - 2011-02-09 14:32

      Hahahaha Paul is it that bad? lol

      damascus - 2011-02-09 15:02

      that's why you love being here

      damascus - 2011-02-09 15:02

      that's why you love being here

      sheila.wilson.92798 - 2012-11-12 12:04

      Actually Paul, art theft in Africa is lagging way behind Europe, the USA and the East. That's where the real art and money are. You should read up about it sometime...

  • maloya - 2011-02-09 14:28

    Hayisuka Paul!! this is a not a common "african thief"...And you know it! Some art collector in europe got someone to steal this. You need to know the value to steal this kind of stuff

  • Limpopoist - 2011-02-09 14:33

    It sound like a french movie about stolen artwork of monalisa...

  • Flinger - 2011-02-09 14:34

    Was the black panther

      Wes - 2011-02-09 14:51

      No Pink Panther

      Wes - 2011-02-09 14:51

      No Pink Panther

      GT - 2011-02-09 15:37


      GT - 2011-02-09 15:37


  • Mashwan - 2011-02-09 14:35

    Ya, then the security becomes more expensive than the actual stolen goods.What is the point?

  • maseratifitt - 2011-02-09 14:43

    Did this happen after the NYDA party?

  • Justo - 2011-02-09 15:14

    How big are those pictures, don't you guys have cameras ? how expensive where those pictures.

  • colin langley - 2011-02-09 15:15

    ag shame...who cares...this artist is a stuck up snob anyways....and his work is hardly original

  • Fred - 2011-02-09 15:26

    She was suspicious of them but it still took 2 days for anybody to notice that paintings by SA's top artist were missing? something strange here.

  • madcow - 2011-02-09 15:36

    Why can't he just paint them again. I don't undrestand what the fuss is all about.

      Sonja Hoile - 2011-02-09 16:13


  • Otello - 2011-02-09 15:40

    It better be a white job. Thus far the black thieves have only robbed me off my electronic equipment and jewelry ignoring the antique silver, furniture and art. Is there to be no peace of mind.

      Sonja Hoile - 2011-02-09 16:12


  • sibongile.khumalo - 2011-02-09 15:49

    Everyday I read a couple of articles on News24 and for some reason, decided to unveil my anonimity today. Wow, what a racist bunch South African's are...I'm shocked at how you guys can turn everything into a racial issue...really fascinating stuff...very sad too! And Paul...your name features quite a bit in unpleasant must be a really unhappy human one can have so much hatred and still manage to live in peace!

      rikkirex - 2011-02-09 20:08

      Ms. Khumalo - good of you to put your name behind your sentiments - I am likewise repulsed by the bigoted and racist comments that flood the News 24 site - it has put me off news altogether and I usually count to ten before deciding to make a comment, then let it go. There is no point in entering into debate or responding to these posts - I take heart by reminding myself that these sad individuals are in the minority, and very likely have little influence on the future course of our country - we are a wonderful people living in a beautiful country - made more pleasurable by talented people like yourself and Kentridge (ok - that was just a joke, not that keen on his work).

      Ringo - 2011-02-09 22:23

      I fail to see how Paul's comment is racist. Unless you refer to the "This is Africa" part, in which case I would like to know since when does Africa belong to one group or race?

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-02-09 16:08

    Who cares? Kentridge's works sucks donkey schlong anyway!

  • - 2011-02-09 17:03

    These comments are ridiculous! Racist tripe.

  • summerskye6 - 2011-02-09 17:19

    Call in Bheki Cele. He will crack the case for sure.

  • zip reeper - 2011-02-09 17:38

    why was he 'suspicious' about them? were they black?

  • pearlybabe.gumede - 2012-11-12 10:22

    I am a young South African, that loves, appreciates and has flare for all genre of art and in all the forms it comes in (beauty of south african talents) be it on stage, walls or floors- and I sit here and reading all these report comments and my heart is saded, at how can a stolen piece of art news be turned from a crime case to racial commments, lack of advanced security systems, bashing of artist and their reputation in the industry etc. Guys can we not press that button on our thinking caps of logic reasoning and take away all the drama here and put on comment encouraging that those scumbages be found and taught a lesson, that you dont mess around with some-ones bread and butter, passion and hard-work regardless who it is, or if they skin colour is pink, purple or green etc.

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