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Scream theft museum reopens doors
The Madonna at a 1999 exhibition in Munich
The Scream was taken along with The Madonna (pictured)
The Munch Museum has reopened, 10 months after Edvard Munch's iconic painting The Scream was stolen.

The Oslo museum closed in August 2004 after masked thieves pulled the work and another painting, Madonna, off the wall in front of visitors.

The gallery has since installed airport-style security in a bid to prevent any further theft.

A pastel version of The Scream and a lithography of Madonna have been put on display at the museum instead.

Museum director Gunnar Soerensen said he believed the museum still had more than enough works to appeal to visitors.

"We have 1,100 Munch paintings, we have 18,000 prints," said Mr Soerensen. "We have never had one main point - it's not like the Mona Lisa."

He added that security at the museum was now among the tightest in the world.

However, security checks took so long at the ceremony on Friday, that organisers eventually gave up and ushered the 600 guests through.

The museum reopened to the public on Saturday.

Police are yet to recover the missing paintings, which have a combined value of 10.4m, despite a reward of two million kroner (181,500) on offer.

Five suspects are being held in custody in connection with the 22 August robbery.

Some art experts believe the paintings may have been destroyed to hide evidence, as they are too famous to be sold openly in the art market.




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