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For some – a woman, for others - metal scrap

2010-12-30 19:25

11983.jpegCaucasians are well-known for their appreciation for women's beauty. Body and Soul exhibition held in Tbilisi on December 14-26 was aimed at defining the Georgian point of view on the subject. Still, coarse material gain prevailed over esthetical ideals and the show failed to demonstrate admiration local artists have for female beauty. At least, what some visitors of the exposition saw in displayed bronze sculptures was valuable metal scrap.


Body and Soul show in the capital of Georgia was a big event in the country's art life. But not only. After all, this is Georgia's first exhibition of erotic visual art. The show also helped to indicate the economic situation in the country to which the theft of Levan Vardosanidze's Woman in Foam marble and bronze statue from Gallery 9 exhibition hall that hosted Body and Soul show was eloquent evidence.

The statue disappeared on the morning of December 24. The thieves managed to neutralize sound alarm installed in the hall and took the art object out of the hall unnoticed. It was done in broad daylight with the exhibition halls being filled with visitors. The author of the statue is sure there were several people involved in the crime since carrying a 15-kg piece alone is hardly possible.

There are two more exhibits created by Levan Vardosanidze among works of 14 Georgian artists and sculptors. He immediately took his works from the gallery back to the workshop in fear they can be stolen like his Woman in Foam. Presently, the Georgian police are looking for the statue.

There is nothing special that a work of art has been stolen. Such crimes occur quite regularly. Still, this incident is different from the rest of the criminal news for motivation. According to the experts, it was not a desire to steal a valuable object of art to then sell it on the black market to slithery art-lovers. As the author of Woman in Foam asserts, the value of the statue is estimated at several thousand euro.

Still, this is not what the thieves were thinking of. Everything turned out much more prosaic. They were attracted by the metal the work of art is made of - bronze of good quality. As specialists believe, the valuable composition can be quickly sold abroad, in neighboring Turkey, for instance.

Selling works of art as metal scrap shows serious problems in public mentality and a miserable state of the country's economy. It means basically that people don't care for esthetic delight when their only concern is survival.

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