Eva & Franco Mattes


Stolen Pieces (1995-97)

Over a period of two years we worked on a secret art project stealing fifty fragments from masterpieces by our favorite artists, such as Kandinsky, Duchamp, Beuys, Rauschenberg, Warhol and Koons, from the most renowned museums in the United States and Europe. We publicly revealed the work in 2010.



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Stolen Pieces (from Jeff Koons)




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stolenpieces 42 tinguely

Stolen Pieces (from Jean Tinguely)




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stolenpieces 23 duchamp

Stolen Pieces (from Marcel Duchamp)




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Eva & Franco Mattes, Stolen Pieces

Stolen Pieces (from Andy Warhol)




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stolenpieces 34 rauschenberg

Stolen Pieces (from Robert Rauschenberg)




A video, shot with a hidden camera, documented our last theft: a piece from Alberto Burri (1997)




Installed at Carroll/Fletcher, London

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Blake Gopnik, The Washington Post