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Boston museum exhibit highlights stolen artwork

Published on NewsOK Modified: October 23, 2013 at 11:05 am •  Published: October 23, 2013

Calle visited the Gardner often in 1990 while assembling her first solo museum show in the United States at the Institute of Contemporary Art. A few months later, the Gardner theft occurred and Calle called Anne Hawley, the longtime museum director, to see if she could visit.

Calle had heard that one of her favorites, Vermeer's "The Concert," was among the missing.

"I admired her work and thought it would be a wonderful way of injecting into this horrible situation a creative artist who would be very healing," Hawley said. "So I just agreed over the phone. I basically agreed to turn her loose."

"I just remember how striking it was to see such empty spaces in such a crowded museum," Calle said.

The exhibit runs through March.

FBI officials have said they think they know who stole the works in 1990, but none of it has been recovered.