The Museum of Stolen art is a virtual space for art that has been stolen or looted, lost to greed or conflict. It is an Oculus Rift experience where one can enjoy artwork that is otherwise hidden. 

We are dedicated to engaging the public in culturally significant items that are in danger and aim to assist in the recovery of stolen art. 

Started in 2014 by Ziv Schneider at NYU ITP.

Patron the museum

This project is self funded. Any donation would help us to continue developing it further and would be greatly appreciated.

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Current Exhibitions

Stolen Photographs

Archina McRury by Paul Strand, 1954
Archina McRury by Paul Strand, 1954

A collection of Photographs listed as stolen in the FBI’s art crime database.

 

The Private Collection of Ferdinand and Imelda Marcos

Pheasant by Oskar Kokoschka, 1805
Pheasant by Oskar Kokoschka, 1805

Ferdinand Marcos was president of the Philippines from 1966 to 1986. During his years in power, he and his wife acquired artwork worth 24 million dollars, disproportionate to their reported income. These paintings are being searched for by the PCGG – a Philippine government office in charge of seizing the Marcos’ ill gotten wealth and bringing  it back to the people of the Philippines.

Stolen European Paintings

Self Portrait by Meijer de Haan, 1889-91
Self Portrait by Meijer de Haan, 1889-91

A large collection of paintings stolen in some of the world’s most famous art heists, including the Stewart and Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston.

Under Construction

The Looting of Iraq

The Looting of Afghanistan

Get in Touch

We are working on a new version to release to the public by the end of 2016. 
If your’e interested in covering the museum, displaying it, testing it or giving feedback – 
We’d love to hear from you! Drop us a line at ziv.schneider@gmail.com 

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Selected Press

We know VR will transport us to impossible worlds—exotic planets and geometric landscapes and classrooms where we inhabit dolphin bodies. The Museum of Stolen Art is a reminder that there are much more prosaic versions of “impossible” worth exploring.

WIRED

I’s an absurdly simple idea … and a stimulating use for virtual reality.

Fast Company

A unique fusion of technology and art

PSFK

 
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