“Art Handling in Oblivion” assembles five art collections that have been stolen during key historical events, either by regimes or organised individuals. Seizure of art is one of most hidden and underestimated objectives of war. Behind conquering campaigns lurk hidden stories of deprived cultural heritage and devastation of the enemy's cultural identity. Bringing home the enemy's treasures is first of all a tangible proof of victory. The booty entails an enrichment of the own culture and shifts the composition of cultural heritage on a global scale. Some of the discussed collections have been found and restituted, others are still in hostile possession or missing.
The book is published as Volume 1 (#501) of the paperback series 'fink twice' by edition fink, originally presented by Rob van Leijsen as his thesis for the Space & communication master program at HEAD – Genève in 2012.
“Art Handling in Oblivion” is awarded one of the 'Most Beautiful Swiss Books of the year 2014', and subsequently received a honorary appreciation at the 'Best Book Design from all over the World' competition in Leipzig in 2015.
For more information: arthandlinginoblivion.com
Concept and Design: Rob van Leijsen
Proofreading: Wendy Brouwer
Realisation: Georg Rutishauser
Publisher: edition fink
Specifications: 145×200 mm, 384 pages, 1.000 copies, perfect bound, offset printed on Munken Pamo Sky by Kösel GmbH, Altusried, Germany