Art Alert: The Art of The Steal documentary to screen at Cairo's Townhouse

Ahram Online , Wednesday 4 Jan 2017

The film will screen in parallel to Townhouse's exhibition of objects from the collection of Amgad Naguib

The Art of The Steal (Photo: Still from The Art of The Steal)

Townhouse’s Rawabet theatre will host a screening of the documentary The Art of The Steal on 10 January.

Directed by Don Argott, the 2009 film is about the massive private art collection of US-based art institution, the Barnes Foundation, and the controversy and years-long struggle for control of its artworks — valued at over USD 25 billion.

The film traces how American chemist and art enthusiast Albert C. Barnes built an educational art institution around his private collection of 20th century masterpieces in the 1920s.

Five decades after Barnes’ death, the students are armed with his will, in a fight against entities trying to seize control of the collection to place in a new museum.

The film will be screened in parallel to Townhouse’s current exhibition ‘The Past is Always an Invented Land’, an "anti-exhibition" of objects, artworks, ephemera, and other relics of Egypt’s modernist past from the Amgad Naguib Collection.

According to Townhouse, this “collection is ruthlessly put on view with little regard for historical narrative or tidy curatorial statements to create an emphatically disorganized anti-exhibition.”

The exhibition, they say, poses the question: “What new connections, patterns, and narratives might emerge from this disruptive display that refuses the tyranny of the archive?” 

To attend the film’s private screening, fill this form for an invitation.

Tuesday 10 January, 6.30pm
Townhouse Rawabet, 3 Hussein El-Memar St., Cairo

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