“There is a Criminal Touch to Art”, by Ulay

May 28th, 2009 Comments Off on “There is a Criminal Touch to Art”, by Ulay

“Description of the action:

1. In front of the main entrance to the Hochschule der Bildende Künste (School of Fine Arts, Berlin) I hang a photographic banner measuring 2.50m by 2m. Motif: a reproduction of the Spitzweg painting ‘Der Arme Poet’ (‘The Poor Poet’).
2. I drive my car to the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery, Berlin).
3. I park behind the Neue Nationalgalerie.
4. I enter the Neue Nationalgalerie.
5. I remove from the Neue Nationalgalerie the painting ‘Der arme Poet’ by Carl Spitzweg.
6. I walk back to my car from the Neue Nationalgalerie.
7. I drive towards Berlin-Kreuzberg.
8. I park the car ­ 800m away from the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin-Kreuzberg.
9. I walk to the Künstlerhaus Bethanien with the stolen Spitzweg painting.

10. I hang in front of the main entrance to the Künstlerhaus Bethanien a colour reproduction of Spitzweg’s ‘Der arme Poet’.
11. From the Künstlerhaus Bethanien I walk on 150 m to the Muskauerstrasse, still holding the stolen Spitzweg painting.
12. I enter a house with apartments rented by immigrant families.
13. I enter the apartment of a family of Turkish immigrants.
14. I hang up on the Turkish immigrant family’s wall the stolen Spitzweg painting ‘Der arme Poet’.


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