3 ancient Greek vessels destroyed at DMA in overnight break-in

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According to the Dallas Police Department, a man who invaded the Dallas Museum of Art on Wednesday night destroyed property, including three ancient Greek objects and modern Native American works, causing serious damage before being arrested. ..

According to police, Brian Hernandez, 21, approached the museum’s glass entrance door with a metal chair at around 9:40 pm and began to destroy things as he entered.

Hernandez broke into a glass display case and shattered a 6th century BC Greek amphora (a type of ceramic vase) and a 450 BC Greek box. Based on information from DMA security, these pieces were worth about $ 5 million in total. Operations Director, Kenneth Bennett.

But late Thursday, museum director Agustin Arteaga said in a statement that DMA is working with an insurance company: “The actual total is expected to be a fraction of the original $ 5 million estimate. I’m doing it. “

Dallas Police Department crime scene analysts film Brian Hernandez outside the Dallas Museum of Art after being arrested Wednesday.(Avi Adelman)

Hernandez has also been accused of destroying a $ 100,000-value bowl between 550 and 530 BC. Police also said he broke into the display case, picked up a jar of ceramic Kado statues depicting crocodile gar, and smashed it into the ground. The work was valued at $ 10,000.

“In addition to one Native American contemporary piece of ceramic, three Greek ceramic containers were severely damaged,” Arteaga said in a statement. “In addition, less than 12 small parts in the same glass case that were attacked could have suffered minor damage.”

The museum was open to the public on Thursday, including the “Cartier and Islamic Art” exhibition. Due to ongoing investigations, some permanent collection galleries have been closed.

The shattered object is one of over 24,000 pieces of DMA’s cross-cultural collection over 5,000 years. They are not the most expensive items the museum has housed. For eight months in 2012, Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings are now considered the world’s most valuable artwork leaning against the easel of the building’s storeroom. Sold to the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia at an auction in 2017 for a record $ 450.3 million.

There is a broken glass at the entrance of the DMA on Wednesday night. Police said the suspect ...
There is a broken glass at the entrance of the DMA on Wednesday night. Police said they approached the museum with a metal chair before the suspect invaded.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

Hernandez read his rights and confessed to the police, police said. He was charged with criminal mischief over $ 300,000. His bail has not been decided.

The museum pointed out that Hernandez was not armed alone, adding that his purpose was not to steal works of art.

DMA guards found Hernandez in the museum concourse after the motion sensor was turned off and arrested him before calling the police. According to police, Hernandez called himself 911 from inside the museum.Police responded around 10:10 pm

According to the Dallas Police Department, Hernandez has been detained in Dallas County Jail.

The guards told police that Hernandez “he was angry with the girl and began to invade and destroy her property,” police said.

The museum will be open to the public on Thursday and will include its
The museum is open to the public on Thursday, including the “Cartier and Islamic Art” exhibition. Due to police investigation, some permanent collection galleries have been closed.(Elias Valverde II / Staff Photographer)

According to police, Bennett, the security and operations officer for DMA, showed a video of a suspect who damaged and destroyed the museum’s assets. In addition to the artwork, Hernandez has been accused of causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage to other property such as display cases, furniture, computers and phones.

“We are overwhelmed by this incident, but we are grateful that no one was harmed. The safety of our staff and visitors, and the protection and protection of art in our stewardship, are ours. Is a top priority, “said the museum.

Mary McDermott Cook, a member of the DMA board, received a direct report of the vandalism from the museum’s director, Agustin Arteaga, on Thursday morning, when her deceased parents donated or donated thousands of works of art to the museum. .. “I have a stomachache,” Cook said.

“I feel like everything went crazy, and this went crazy,” she said. “But I also said,’Let’s face it. It’s just that. No one was injured. And we have the skills and expertise to undo what’s broken. And thank God for it. “

Michael Granberry and Maggie Prosser contributed to this report.

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