The museum regularly hosts cocktail parties in the chapel that houses the pendulum, and Mr Lalande admitted that several alarming incidents had occurred over the past year. In May 2009, for example, a partygoer grabbed the 28kg instrument and swung it into a security barrier.
One might subsume the eliminated element in the term “aura” and go on to say: that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art. This is a symptomatic process whose significance points beyond the realm of art. One might generalize by saying: the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition. By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence. And in permitting the reproduction to meet the beholder or listener in his own particular situation, it reactivates the object reproduced. These two processes lead to a tremendous shattering of tradition which is the obverse of the contemporary crisis and renewal of mankind.
Pastabagel: So what was actually stolen? Not the art. The art is linked right here in the post. It's on wikipedia, and blogs. ... So the art wasn't stolen. What was stolen was the painting. The original tangible medium on which the art was recorded. A medium, mind you, that decays and deteriorates with each passing moment.
If the difference is [so] significant ... then art appreciation is the provenance of the wealthy alone.
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