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Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson 'Stolen Artifact' project for The Minimuseum of XXI Century Arts at Kotti-Shop, Berlin
20 June 2011

Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson present Stolen Artifact at Kotti-Shop, Berlin as part of the Minimuseum of XXI Century Arts, curated by Domenico Quaranta. The Minimuseum is a 7" digital picture frame which passes from artist to artist with each temporary owner adding a work to the collection before passing it along. Nick Crowe and Ian Rawlinson's Stolen Artifact takes as its starting point the observation that many of the world's museums have, over the years, built their collections from the outright or covert theft of other people's cultural heritage. The return of these objects is an ongoing discussion for many western museums and the communities which claim them and artists felt they should provide the Minimuseum of XXI Century Art with its own Stolen Artifact. The artists made short 'guerilla' film of the bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum, Berlin - itself an artifact which the Egyptian Ministry for Antiquities are very keen to have returned. Beyond the idea that all 'real' museums need to have some stolen goods on show is the fact that this particular theft, ie the 'illegal' recording of an image against the orders of the institution, contravenes not the ownership of the object itself but the Neues Museum's ownership of that object's image. (postcards are, of course, on sale in the shop) As such Stolen Artifact is both a video of a stolen object (Nefertiti) and is itself an act of theft whose artifacts, the jagged blotches from this iphone video, are concerned with entirely different question of ownership.

Viewing is by appointment at Kotti-Shop, Berlin - and for further information on the Minimuseum go to

Nick Crowe & Ian Rawlinson
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