Art Killers, una película de Àlam Raja. Fuente: Art Killers
Synopsis: Van Gogh worth $43 million dollars is sliced with a knife by a woman in broad daylight. A senior museum-goer approaches a Rembrandt worth an estimated $169 million and sprays it with sulphuric acid. Are the people who commit these acts simply insane or are there deeper motivations to their actions?
ART KILLERS digs into the covert world of contemporary iconoclasm to reveal a largely unknown kind of criminals: apparently harmless men and women who sneak in museums and pull out a knife, a syringe of sulphuric acid or even a tube of lipstick to destroy a piece of art.
What motivates art destruction in today’s society? Vandals, activists, artists in their own way… Who are these criminals? How is the legal system treating them? And how are their disturbing actions affecting the art world?
Museums all apply a code of silence when it comes to art destruction. While they pretend this is the best way to avoid offering attention-seeking vandals fame and media attention, we will discover that this is also a way to avoid criticism on their all-but-neutral politics. Museums, curators, art collectors and auction houses have altogether engineered an industry of gigantic proportions, transforming the art into a powerful global currency.
Beyond exploring the motives and modus operandi of modern art destruction, ART KILLERS offers a critical look at the monetization of art and a powerful analysis of the mechanisms of this multibillion-dollar trade.
Through the staggering testimonies of artists, curators, auctioneers and art killers themselves, this documentary takes us behind the scenes to unveil a shocking fact: the actual art killers may not be the ones holding the smoking gun.
Gracias a Ingrid Guardiola por el pase.