On August 22 2004 in OSLO, Norway - Edvard Munch's masterpiece "The Scream" was stolen by armed robbers who barged into a lightly guarded Oslo museum and ripped the painting from the walls before the eyes of stunned visitors. Police are baffled and still have no motive for the theft of the painting.
Police, who launched a nationwide hunt for the artwork, said there has been no word from the thieves, who were widely expected to demand a ransom. Experts do not believe the thieves will try to sell the artwork as it is too well known.
The motive is a new collaborative effort by the fluxus artist known as Fast KARL. Legally any pirated artwork may be resold as new art when it has been altered, modified, or defaced in such a manner as to represent a new work of art. Watch this video online and see the artist at work on this old Norwegian masterpiece. "Everything old is new again". -Fast Karl
Fast KARL collects his art materials.
This photograph was taken by an unidentified bystander as the heist was under way. The thieves are seen loading the art into a black automobile that was found abandoned some time later.