The Robbery of the Year

Ulises Carrión

A small room in the Assens Museum.
All dark except for a spotlight above a table.
On the table a rotating plate. On the plate, a velvet cushion.
On the cushion, an authentic diamond.
People could look at it, or take it in their hands, or steal it.
A photographer, disguised as a visitor,
documented people’s reactions.


The installation of The Robbery of the Year, by Ulises Carrión, was exhibited at the Drents Museum in Assens, the Netherlands, in 1982. The piece found a place in this provincial museum in spite of differing from the work that was usually shown there. The invitation to view an unprotected diamond in almost total darkness must have been disconcerting for the public. The enigmatic nature of the piece was captured by Claudio Goulart and this publication showcases the images taken at the time, while inducing readers to become witnesses of an open case.

With texts by Paulo Silveira, Martha Hellion and Damián Ortega.

This book was published in collaboration with M · H.

Ulises Carrión (1941-1989) Writer and poet. He ventured into visual arts through a variety of media to develop an active art form within the international cultural vanguard of the sixties, seventies and eighties. He was part of the In-Out Centre (Amsterdam1972-1975) and edited Tras la poesía and Arguments (Beau Geste Press, Devon). He also founded Other Books and So (Amsterdam, 1975), where artists’ work was gathered before being classified by the conventional art world; as an alternative space, it was the first of its kind.

Claudio Goulart (1954-2005) Visual Artist. His work features pieces using media such as video, performance and cable TV. He collaborated with various artists such as Ulises Carrión, with whom he produced the live performance video Twin Butlers, among many others.

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The Robbery of the Year

Ulises Carrión

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