In Tokyo, an art exhibition where the theft of the works is allowed

À Tokyo, une exposition d'art où le vol des œuvres est permis

Tokyo | Burglars, but not all, gentlemen: an art gallery in Tokyo has recently suggested to the visitors to “steal” the works of their choice, but a share of the loot was quickly found on online auction sites.

The organizers believed that the event would be rather confidential, but the information was quickly spread via social networks. If although nearly 200 people are pressed to the opening, shortly before midnight in the night from Thursday to Friday.

The “criminals” have been so successful that the exhibition has been robbed of his works in less than ten minutes, when it was scheduled to last up to ten days.

The crowd was such that police officers ran to the scene, before the organizers can dissipate any misunderstanding.

This “art exhibition retractable” was an “experiment” intended to transform the relationship between artists and the public, explained to the AFP Tota Hasegawa, the origin of the project.

Yusuke Hasada, 26 years old, has managed to grab a ticket crumpled 10 000 yen (approximately $ 127) box, which was part of the installation “My Money” the artist Gabin Ito.

Arrived an hour before the time of scheduled opening, the young man, one of the few to not be left empty-handed, was posted strategically in front of the entrance of the gallery, while its many competitors were waiting in a disorganized manner.

Pleasure of transgression

“By the time they (the organizers, editor’s NOTE) have announced that they opened earlier, everyone behind me rushed inside. I almost fall,” told AFP this Arsene Lupin one evening. “It was scary.”

The young man he wanted to keep the fruits of his larceny to decorate his apartment.

But some had intentions more capital: a few hours after the heist, several objects of the exhibition were already on sale on online auction sites at prices that are sometimes up to 100 000 yen (more than 1216 $).

Yuka Yamauchi, an engineer 35 years of age, had arrived a quarter of an hour before midnight, just in time to see the others leaving with their loot.

“A long time ago that I had not seen as much of the world,” she commented, while most of the Tokyoïtes avoid currently the gatherings, for fear of being infected by the coronavirus, in a clear upsurge in the japanese capital.

The young woman had to be satisfied with a meager consolation prize: a clamp having probably served to hang one of the works. “I found it by land, so I’ve kept it as a souvenir”, she confided, laughing.

The ability to steal objects helps attract a wider audience, and provides visitors a certain pleasure of the transgression, according to Minori Murata, an artist who has exhibited wallets with money and credit cards scattered.

The japanese company has not made a habit of braving the forbidden and the country has a crime rate very low.

Also, some burglars of exposure behaved like gentlemen, said the organizer Tota Hasegawa.

The proof of this? When one of them “has lost her bag with her wallet inside, the object in question was picked up, given to someone of the organization and returned to its owner”, he stressed.

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