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He said the idea that an unscrupulous private investor might have commissioned the works’ theft was far-fetched.

“That’s something that comes from Hollywood movies,” he said.

The Triton Foundation is a collection of avant-garde art put together by multimillionaire Willem Cordia, an investor and businessman, and his wife, Marijke Cordia-Van der Laan. Willem Cordia died last year.

Asenk said she spoke on behalf of the family in saying “we are shocked, but we will go on.”

“All involved want the public to still be able to see these kinds of special collections and private collections,” she said.

The museum was cordoned off as police carried out their investigation Tuesday, but it will reopen Wednesday, she said.

The Kunsthal museum is a display space that has no permanent collection of its own _ the name means “art gallery” in Dutch.

The Cordia family collection includes works by more than 150 famed artists. Others whose work was on show include Paul Cezanne, Marc Chagall, Salvador Dali, Edgar Degas and Andy Warhol.

Curators of the Cordia family collection aim to have the works on display for the public, and the pieces have been shown individually or in small groups in the past.