Dutch Van Gogh Museum closes, masterpieces moved

Curators are putting Vincent van Gogh's famous "Sunflowers" painting onto a felt-lined carrier trolley at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012. While the museum closes for seven months for renovations, 75 works by the Dutch painter will be displayed instead across town at The Hermitage, an Amsterdam satellite of the Russian state museum. The tricky process of transporting the artworks under police escort began immediately after the last visitors left the museum Sunday evening and carried on through the night into Monday morning. The Van Gogh Museum reopens April 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Cris Toala Olivares)The operation began moments after the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam closed Sunday evening. Men removed alarm tags from behind some of Vincent Van Gogh's greatest masterpieces, including "Sunflowers," ''Irises" and the famously crooked "Bedroom," and quickly pulled the paintings down from the museum's walls.


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