Date(s) - 05/05/2023 - 08/27/2023
Carnegie Museum Of Art
In this exhibition, Pittsburgh-based artist uses the visual language of Hollywood — film stills, posters, sets and props — to explore the heist genre and the overlapping acts of art conservation and forgery.
Art displayed in museums has long been a tempting target for theft. The pieces are typically light in weight and easy to remove.
Stolen art is often resold or used by criminals as collateral to secure loans. Only an estimated 10% of stolen art is recovered. Some crimes have become globally famous. These include the 1911 theft at Paris’ Louvre Museum of the 16th century painting “Mona Lisa” by Italian artist Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). It was taken by museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia (1881-1925). The painting was returned two years later. Many nations operate police squads to investigate art theft and illegal trade in stolen art and antiquities. Art theft has also been an alluring subject for filmmakers. Among the most popular is “The Thomas Crown Affair” (1968).
The protagonists of the filmic narrative Barrois tells in the form of an exhibition are two museum conservators — who may or may not be forgers — engaged in a dialogue about “doubles.”
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