Some of the world’s most iconic lost artworks can be seen in a digital exhibition for owners of The Frame, Samsung’s lifestyle TV.
With its unique frame-like design, the The Frame TV functions as an art platform when not in use, blending into home décor. From the moment it is turned off, Art Mode turns on, transforming the once blank, black screen into a gallery.
Its Missing Masterpieces exhibition runs for three months and features artwork that cannot be physically seen anywhere, as they are feared to have been lost forever. All 12 artworks in the Missing Masterpieces exhibition are available to The Frame users for free in the Art Store catalogue, for a limited period only.
The collection includes View Auvers-sur-Oise by Paul Cézanne, which went missing when burglars took advantage of New Year’s Eve 1999 festivities to steal the painting, as well as Chloe & Emma, by Barbora Kysilkova, which was stolen in broad daylight from a museum in Norway.
Its Missing Masterpieces exhibition runs for three months and features artwork that cannot be physically seen anywhere…
The collection includes the work of Van Gogh, Cézanne and Monet, a unique experience to enjoy some of these iconic pieces no longer on display.
Reportedly, the pandemic has seen a rise in art crimes. During lockdown alone, at least six pieces were stolen including Van Gogh’s Spring Garden, which was taken on what would have been the artist’s 167th birthday.
“Art is for the enjoyment of everyone, and we have a collective responsibility to protect and preserve our culture for future generations,” says Nathan Sheffield, Samsung Europe Head of Visual Display. “This is why we are launching Missing Masterpieces, to ensure priceless pieces that may never be seen again, can be enjoyed by as wide an audience as possible. The Frame embodies this, helping to democratise art for everyone and acting as both a TV and a window into the world of art.”
The exhibition has been curated in partnership with Dr Noah Charney, art crime expert and founder of The Association for Research into Crimes Against Art (ARCA) and features masterpieces that global law enforcement agencies are actively trying to recover.
“Before you get to work on a puzzle, you want to gather all the pieces, right? It’s the same with a crime or a mysterious loss,” says Charney. “From contradictory media reports to speculation in Reddit feeds, the clues are out there, but the volume of information can be overwhelming. This is where technology and social media can help by bringing people together to assist the search. It’s not unheard of for an innocuous tip posted online to be the key that unlocks a case.”
The Missing Masterpieces exhibition will be live for three months (November 12 – February 10 2021).