Posts tagged ‘art’

November 10, 2010

“Degenerate art” on display again in Berlin after 69 years

WE TYPICALLY ASSOCIATE BURIED treasure with desert islands and remote monasteries, but sometimes it’s lying right beneath your nose. That’s what Berlin workers discovered earlier this year when they came across a lost trove of so-called degenerate art that had been eliminated from the city’s collections during the Third Reich. “Degenerate art,” of course, was the Nazi term for any kind of modern non-representational or else all-too realistic painting or sculpture that did not fit into the regime’s conception of a heroic Aryan…

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August 21, 2010

Bold as bronze: Art thieves strike in broad daylight

IT SEEMS THAT TO be an art thief these days, you don’t need brains. Boldness will do the trick just as well. That’s what the guards at an exhibition in the Belgian town of Bruges learned on Wednesday. As reported by the Belgian press yesterday, a man entered an exhibit of works by Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dalì on the Belfried or city tower on the town’s Grand Market in broad daylight and made off with a fifty centimetre high and ten kilo heavy bronze statue. The figure was not equipped with an alarm. It seems that the two guards on duty were also in charge of selling tickets. Museum officials suspect that one of the thieves kept them distracted while the others popped the figure in a bag and headed for the door. The exhibition’s organizers place the value of “La Femme aux tiroirs” at 100,000 Euros ($127,000). The Bruges police hope…

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May 12, 2010

Heads up! Muslim protesters attack Swedish cartoonist

Controversial Swedish artist Lars Vilks

WATCH OUT, AIR PASSENGERS! Islamic terrorists have hit upon a new and ingenious weapon: human heads. Their own, in fact. And this impacts not only everyone’s security, but our press freedom as well.

Last night at the University of Upsala, 63-year-old Swedish artist Lars Vilks turned up to present a film about a new art project of his regarding religion and press freedom. Witnesses described the atmosphere in the packed lecture hall as “extremely aggressive.” Expecting trouble, a dozen police officers stood at attention nearby, standard procedure for the controversial artist’s appearances ever since he published a caricature of the prophet Mohammed in the form of a dog in the Swedish newspaper Nerikes Allehanda in August of 2007. The officers painstakingly checked the briefcases and knapsacks of all 260 spectators. When Vilks finally entered the hall, about twenty men and women started shouting at him. “Swine!” one man called out. Another yelled: “You are a failed artist!” Vilks proceeded to take photos of the demonstrators with his cell phone, provoking them even further…

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