Warhol-worshippers, prepare your heavy hearts. It has been reported that numerous ‘Campbell’s Soup’ screenprints have been stolen from the Springfield Art Museum in Missouri.
It is estimated that the theft took place at some point between 5.30pm Wednesday and 8.15am Thursday last week. The iconic screenprints, created in 1968, were part of the museum’s ‘The Electric Garden of our Minds: British/American Pop’ exhibition and have an estimated value of over $30,000. It is still unknown how many pieces have been taken. “We’re shocked and totally saddened,” said Sally Scheid, chair of Springfield Art Museum’s board.
The museum has since taken down the remaining pieces within the exhibition.
“We are constantly working on improving security measures and find it a challenging balance with keeping art accessible to the community,” Cora Scott, spokesperson for Springfield city, told the Springfield News Leader. “We appreciate the outpouring of support we are already receiving from our art patrons.”
For artist Pam RuBert, who also has her pieces in the Springfield Art Museum, this theft is a sign of the significance of art and the importance of conserving it. “I can’t believe that would happen,” she told ABC news. “I mean, you think of Springfield as the kind of place that this doesn’t happen in. I guess it shows the value of art and that this can happen anywhere.”
- Words: Louis Hanson