QBOX GALLERY, ATHENS
Jeu de Paume I, 2008
Tape on vellum, 28 × 35,3 cm
Heide Fasnacht (US) - Jeu de Paume I
Heide Fasnacht' work deals the “fate” of thousands of art objects that were sold, robbed or confiscated during World War II. Her work is based upon photo documentation of the art theft made by the Nazis, beginning in 1939 when they started culling “degenerate” works from museums and private collections. After the war, the Allies gathered it in to collecting points and attempted to return works to their original owners. Many works were stolen by the Russians, "sold" into European collections, stolen by allied soldiers, or destroyed during battles. Heide Fasnacht’s installation -and drawings- depict collecting points from which works were redistributed. One can see poignancy in the storerooms of maligned, neglected and discarded works and in the acquisition of art works through deadly means. The work extends beyond the bare historical facts. It is an alternative art history. It is a reshuffled deck that by no means is over yet.
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