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KUNSTKLAPPE© (ART HATCH) AND COLLECTION OF STOLEN ART


The Art Hatch offered a unique opportunity: art robbers could dispose of their stolen pieces of art anonymously 24 hours a day. The objects were returned to their original owners or incorporated as a loan into a Collection of Stolen Art, which was displayed in exhibitions. The first Art Hatch for stolen art was opened in Vienna, Austria, and lasted from 2004 to 2007. It replaced a basement window at the former office of the Kunstwerft Artist Association. The second Art Hatch was opened in Cologne, Germany, in 2006. Invited by the koeln messe gmbh and The Art Loss Register it was part of the exhibition "Der gestohlene Blick". About 43 pieces of art were returned during three years. All received objects were treated as pieces of art. All of them were put into archives and formed the "Collection of Stolen Art" and/or were given back to their previous owners. A collaboration with Erwin Uhrmann.

Download the text about this public art project written by Ulli Seegers (English/German). pdf


Moussa Kone

"Kunstklappe©", installation view, public space Vienna, 2006
Moussa Kone

"Kunstklappe©", installation view, public space Cologne, 2006
Moussa Kone

"Collection of Stolen Art", 230 x 100 x 125 cm, wood, metal, screen, dvd player, video (5:22 min), smoke detector, fluorescent tubes, card index box, archive material, paper, various artworks returned through the Art Hatch, 2005-2006
Moussa Kone

"Collection of Stolen Art", 230 x 100 x 125 cm, wood, metal, screen, dvd player, video (5:22 min), smoke detector, fluorescent tubes, card index box, archive material, paper, various artworks returned through the Art Hatch, 2005-2006
Moussa Kone

"Kunstklappe©", installation view, public space Cologne, 2006
Moussa Kone

"Kunstklappe©", installation view, public space Vienna, 2006
Moussa Kone

A wooden crown stolen from the Crown Prince Rudolf's cradle in the Vienna Hofmobiliendepot in the 1960s is once again under state ownership now.
Moussa Kone

Erwin Uhrmann returning the artwork to the curator of the museum. It completed the heraldic eagle on the cradle once again.
Moussa Kone

These baroque angels were returned anonymously via the Art Hatch in 2005.
Moussa Kone

Hermann Bauch received his coat of arms after it was stolen in a small Lower Austrian village in the 1970s. The anonymous art thief included a letter describing where he got it years ago.
Moussa Kone

All the items deposited in the Art Hatch were treated like artworks and analyzed and categorized.
Moussa Kone

An index card catalogue with the research was made accessible to visitors of the exhibition of the "Collection of Stolen Art".
Moussa Kone

Father Franz Sinhuber receiving two baroque angels that had been stolen from the baptismal font in his church during a procession in 1973. Police inquiries at that time had been fruitless. The Art Hatch funders were awarded a medal of honour from the Austrian Police.
Moussa Kone

The return of an object that had been stolen from the Kunsthalle Wien Project Wall in 2005. A second item is still missing.
Moussa Kone

Various interesting objects were deposited in the Kunstklappe©.
Moussa Kone

This object was returned through the Art Hatch in Cologne, Germany.
Moussa Kone

Anonymously written notes frequently accompanied the return of the stolen good, which identified the objects and enabled their original owners to be found.
Moussa Kone

This letter accompanied the wooden sculpture seen above, stolen out of a psychiatric ward, stated anonymously by Manfred.
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construction sketch, ink on paper, 30 x 21 cm, 2005
Moussa Kone

construction sketch, ink on paper, 30 x 21 cm, 2005


Report about the Art Hatch from 2006 featuring an interview with Moussa Kone and Erwin Uhrmann.