For the first time since it opened forty years ago, the Van Buuren museum in Uccle, a leafy suburb of Brussels with a population of under 80,000, has made the front page of newspapers worldwide. On Monday night, thieves forced the door and stole 10 paintings in two minutes and three seconds. The takings included a work by Belgian painter James Ensor with an estimated value of over €1 million entitled Shrimps and Shells, The Thinker by Dutch artist Kees Van Dongen, and seven small works by old masters. Police are investigating the burglary, but have no leads to date.
Anne-Hélène Decaux is the Head of Communications of ArtViatic, the first international platform for private art sales which mediates contacts between collectors who want to sell first class art.
After graduating from the Sorbonne University in Paris and UNSW in Sydney in 2005, Anne-Hélène joined the cultural agency of the Aga Khan Development Network in Geneva. In 2007, she undertook further training with Christie's in New York and specialized in Modern and Contemporary Art. Since then, she has been advising and curating for corporate and private clients in Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. She is the editor of News of the Art World by ArtViatic and a contributor to several european publications.