Art Handling in Oblivion

A Catalogue about Conspiracy, Theft, Possession and Heritage.

Art Handling in Oblivion assembles five art collections that have been stolen during wartime, either by regimes or organized individuals. Seizure of art is one of most hidden and underestimated objectives of war. Behind conquering campaigns lurk hidden stories of deprived cultural heritage and devastation of the enemy's cultural identity. Bringing home the enemy's treasures is first of all a tangible proof of strength and victory. The booty entails an enrichment of the very own culture and shifts the composition and reclassification of cultural heritage on a global scale. Most of the discussed collections have been found and restituted, others are still in hostile possession or missing.

The catalogue does not pursue to answer questions of restitution, but evokes discussion by contextualizing the objectives and procedures of wartime art looting.

The glued catalogues are sawn open on a predefined spot on a specially designed display. The central part of the table offers space for consultation, and at the other end envelopes addressed to the concerned museums are placed.

This project was conceived by Rob van Leijsen as a graduation project at the Master Design Spaces & Communication at Head Genève (Haute École d'Art et de Design).

185 x 260 mm, 368 pages, laserprint on 70 gr. Edixion Offset, 20 copies (first edition)

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23 May 2013

Art Handling in Oblivion is again available in a limited edition of

50 copies! Please get in touch for further purchase details Re-edition Art Handling in Oblivion

14-31 March 2013

Art Handling in Oblivion takes part in the exhibition Dream Team at the Design Biennale in Saint-Etienne

The Dream Team

©Sandra Pointet & Baptiste Coulon

Head – Genève

The Dream Team

©Sandra Pointet & Baptiste Coulon

Head – Genève

31 January - 3 February 2013

Art Handling in Oblivion was part of "Substance", an exhibition of Head – Genève during Art Genève 2013

Art Genève 2013

©Rebecca Bowring, Head – Genève

26/27 October 2012

Exhibition Art Handling in Oblivion

at Rosa Brux, Bruxelles

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© Hugard & Vanoverschelde

Rosa Brux

© Hugard & Vanoverschelde

Rosa Brux

19 October 2012

Art Handling in Oblivion took part in

Ein Buch bei Nacht, Objekte aus der Bibliothek Andreas Züst, at Corner College, Zürich.

Ein Buch bei Nacht

29 June 2012

Art Handling in Oblivion is awarded the Prix AHEAD 2012

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Contact

Rob van Leijsen
Chemin des Ouches 16 app. 6
1203 Genève

www.robvanleijsen.nl
mail@robvanleijsen.nl