Picasso, who famously pilfered other artists’ ideas, is sometimes cited as saying, “Good artists copy; great artists steal.” As well as looking at artistic borrowing, we’ll explore intriguing stories of art that has literally been stolen.
We’ll consider various kinds of theft, including burglary, wartime looting and cultural appropriation, unpacking some complicated issues in our discussion. For instance, items of Bill Reid jewellery were stolen in 2008 from UBC’s Museum of Anthropology—but who, in the first place, should own the Indigenous art, including totem poles and masks, on display there? What is the difference between ownership and stewardship? We’ll also take time to appreciate the art itself in the stories, learning about the style, technique and skill of the artists—the very elements that make their work so sought after by thieves.
A $60 discount will be applied automatically for adults 55+.