Back in 1990, one of the greatest heists in art history occurred at Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. 13 important pieces of history were stolen including canvases from Johaness Vermeer, Edgar Degas, and Rembrandt van Rijn. The case, after 25 years, has never been solved.
Fast forward to 2017, German-born with Japanese roots artist Kota Ezawa takes inspiration from the unsolved robbery for his latest art exhibition happening on Mead Art Museum. His collection will showcase animated recreation of all 13 stolen art canvasses, giving it a “South Park style” treatment. Using contrasting elements such as the style and era, the unique exhibit is expected to turn heads. The catch: He has never seen any of the stolen paintings. Not one.
“The project really came together when the FBI released surveillance footage from the time of the heist in late summer of 2015,” according to Ezawa, who also made a grainy black-and-white video to recreate the footage of the 1990 robbery.