Believe it or not art thieves have put on an exhibition in London showing off some stolen fragments of some of the most famous art works ever created.
Put on by Eva and Franco Mattes the exhibition features fragments of works by Andy Warhol, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons and Marcel Duchamp’s infamous work Fountain. The bits of art work including chips, shavings and threads of works were collected during a two-year spree when the two were younger. Speaking of getting the pieces of art Franco said, ‘We did not consider it vandalism at all. It was pretty easy. And we were 19 years old, we did not think so much of the consequences.’
Having collected pieces from 1995 – 1997 the two went public with what they had done in 2010 and even revealed a film of their last theft which saw them stealing a bit of burned cellophane from Alberto Burri’s Bianco Plastica in Italy.
Hailing from New York the thieves go by the name of 0100101110101101.org and say they are thieves, hackers and fraudsters in the most ‘positive sense of the words’. If you’d like to check out what they amassed during their stealing spree you can see the exhibition now at Carroll/Fletcher gallery on Eastcastle Street.
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