Maxisequestro (Huge Seizure)
Mario Milizia
Maxisequestro (Huge Seizure), 2013

Terracotta, plaster, glass and metallic objects, desks, telephone, office chair, computer, keyboard, toy guns, fabric.
295 x 230 x 153 cm

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“… Who knows if they tried to thwart that sale which today would be illegal? We’ll never know, but in any case it could have been the greatest huge seizure of all huge seizures in history. I have a feeling that Father Massarenti was a mere middleman, and that he wasn’t the real owner of that treasure. I want to look for documents on Roman antiquities prior to the colossal sale. I find an interesting book by a German archeologist, Wolfgang Helbig …”

“… Mario Milizia makes light of this idea of forgery, reproduction and looting, creating an imaginary collection of stolen art that is probably much better than a lot of the real art stolen from private homes or minor museums. What Milizia highlights with his project is the allure that surrounds a stolen work of art, in spite of its real economic and aesthetic value. Stolen goods gain some kind of bonus by the simple fact that they have been filched, just as figs picked directly from the tree taste better than those you pay for at the fruit stand. After all, if something – particularly art – is worth stealing, then it must have some kind of value. In fact, if we forget that Milizia’s project is artificial and look at it as an assembly of real works of art, we experience some kind of real visual pleasure. The value of art is about information. We never desire a work of art so much as when it has gone missing. Milizia’s operation precisely addresses the mystery of longing for something or someone only once they are no longer available …”
Francesco Bonami

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