Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft

A 30-kilogram wooden monkey by famous Danish designer Kay Bojesen has been returned to the Trapholt museum in Kolding after being stolen in December.

Iconic monkey returned to Danish art museum after theft
Photo: Trapholt Museum

The art museum confirmed that the monkey, whose design has become iconic in Denmark, had been recovered and will be placed back in its spot at the museum.

“It’s an incredible relief that we’ve got the monkey back. It comes from Kay Bojesen’s own workshop and is therefore completely unique and irreplaceable,” museum director Karen Grøn said in a press statement.

The piece was stolen during a break-in at the museum during the night of December 9th last year.

Part of the ‘Humour in Danish Design’ exhibition, the monkey will be on show again from Wednesday, the museum confirmed.

“This episode shows that it is difficult to hide and sell stolen items from an art museum,” Grøn said.

“We would like to praise the police, whom we have worked closely with throughout,” she added.

The museum press statement gave no specific detail on how the monkey was recovered.

In January, a 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of stealing the monkey, which has an estimated value of 100,000 kroner.

Trapholt was also the target of a break-in on New Year’s Eve, when an item made of gold and diamond, the ‘Rolexgate’ piece by Marco Evaristti, was stolen.

But police recently told local media JydskeVestkysten that they had reached a dead end in the investigation of that case.

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Museums, art galleries and zoos reopen in Denmark

Museums and zoos began reopening in Denmark on Thursday, as the country decided to accelerate its exit from lockdown and health officials said the spread of the new coronavirus was slowing.

Visitors come to the ARoS art gallery in Aarhus, which opened on Friday after two months' closure. Photo: Bo Amstrup/Ritzau Scanpix
The original plan for Denmark was to keep museums, zoos, theatres, cinemas and similar attractions closed until June 8.
But after a deal was struck in the country's parliament late Wednesday they were instead allowed to open immediately.
“It was pure cheer. Finally, we can get started,” Peter Kjargaard, director of the Natural History Museum of Denmark, told broadcaster DR.
Kjargaard added that he was excited to show off the museum's new dinosaur exhibit, even if it wouldn't be ready for another month.
But not all museums reopened their doors on Thursday. Some said they would start receiving customers over the weekend or next week.
Under the deal agreed in parliament, the Danish border remains temporarily closed, but starting next week the list of exceptions allowing travel to Denmark will be expanded to include permanent residents of all the Nordic
countries and Germany wanting to visit relatives, loved ones, or homes they own in Denmark.
High school students will also begin returning to classrooms shortly.
Also on Wednesday, the Danish health agency SSI, which operates under the health ministry and is responsible for the surveillance of infectious diseases, released a report indicating the spread of the disease seems to be slowing, even as the country had started opening up.
SSI said that as of May 18 the infection rate, or reproduction rate, was estimated at 0.6, compared to 0.7 on May 7.
A reproduction rate of 1.0 means that one person with COVID-19 infects on average just one other, while a rate of below 1.0 indicates that the spread is declining.
On April 15, the country started reopening pre-schools and resuming classes for the youngest primary school children — under strict social distancing and hygiene guidelines.
Danish middle schools followed suit this week.
Another report this week by SSI, however showed that only one percent of Danes carried antibodies for the virus, raising concerns that the country could be vulnerable to a new wave of the virus.