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Fifty One Pieces – Believing in Art

Fifty One Pieces – Believing in Art
Greenbox fabric, wall text, dimensions variable, 2016.

“During the war (1992-1995) fifty one art works disappeared, under unexplained circumstances, from the collection of the art gallery of B&H. This probably happened at the beginning of the aggression, but it was confirmed in 1993 by the extraordinary control of gallery inventory of art works. Interpol was informed. The art works are still missing.”

This message can be found on the internet page of the Art Gallery of Bosnia and Herzegovina. What happened to those art works? Who misses them? When I asked people about the art works from the collection, most of them didn’t know about them. What was it that was stolen? Is there any use in searching for those art works? In fact, it’s very simple. One day, Sarajevo is under siege, somebody walks into the museum and decides that there is just one thing left that has true value. They decide that in all the misery, all the bombings and attacks of the war they need to do only one thing: save art and keep it alive (or sell it after the war). And this love is so strong that they take one art work after the other to their home. There is an apartment full of art works somewhere in Bosnia, or in New York or in Dubai. The true question is how to exhibit them. From now on, I will make an exhibition wall disappear in every space where I exhibit. This space will be dedicated to the fifty one pieces. If you want, you can imagine them hanging there.