Episode #15: Hans-Joachim Bohlmann and Serial Art Vandalism (Season 1, Episode 15)

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Mar 16, 201726m | se1 : e15
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Episode #15: Hans-Joachim Bohlmann and Serial Art Vandalism (Season 1, Episode 15)
Mar 16 '1726m | se1e15
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A few months ago, I began looking into occurrences of art vandalism-- the purposeful destruction or harm of works of art that have occurred consistently, especially throughout the 20th century. As I read up, I saw that most of these events were one-offs: single moments where one person made a rash and ridiculous choice to lash out at a particular work of art. But then, I began to notice one name popping up over and over again- a German man who, over his lifetime, damaged over fifty works of art, creating a name for himself and a lasting impression on the art world. This episode, in a continuation of our Bigger Picture series, digs deeper into art attacks and examine the life and legacy of the vandal Hans-Joachim Bohlmann.

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Hans-Joachim Bohlmann
Paul Klee, The Goldfish, 1925
Rembrandt van Rijn, Jacob Blessing the Sons of Joseph, 1656
Rembrandt van Rijn, Self-Portrait, 1654
Rembrandt's 1654 Self-Portrait, after Bohlmann's vandalism
Lucas Cranach the Elder (workshop), Diptych with the Portraits of Luther and his Wife, 1529
Albrecht Durer, Lamentation over the Dead Christ, c. 1500
Bartholomeus van der Helst, Banquet of the Amsterdam Civic Guard in Celebration of the Peace of Münster, 1648

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