Take your Vincenzo Perugia* moment. How do you think the Mona Lisa became the world’s most famous painting? Participants will have the chance to steal great artwork right off the walls of the R2 Gallery! But your fellow thieves can’t be trusted because what you steal can be stolen back from you... This will no doubt be a thrilling evening of high jinks and thievery all in the name of love for this “space for the arts”. In addition to the heist, guests will enjoy cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, alluring entertainment, a speakeasy at Batch and a touch of 40s glamour.
5:30pm at The Launchpad: R2 Gallery Champagne Preview for our thieves
6-8pm Party at The Launchpad: Cocktails, apps, Art Heist, live music & entertainment
7:30-10pm After Party at Batch (380 Main Street): Speakeasy, dinner by Mark Fischer & dancing *Secret password will be provided at The Launchpad Oct. 7
Dress: Cocktail attire with a 40s flair encouraged and be a smart thief and DON’T FORGET YOUR MASK.
The Full Mona Lisa $110: Champagne preview, Art Heist, cocktail party, Speakeasy, Dinner w/ pairings
The Scream $75: Champagne preview, Art Heist, cocktail party, admission to Speakeasy
I'm not ready to enter the criminal underworld $35: Cocktail party & admission to Speakeasy
*It was a quiet, humid Monday morning in Paris, 21 August 1911. Three men were hurrying out of the Louvre. It was odd, since the museum was closed to visitors on Mondays, and odder still with what one of them had under his jacket. They were Vincenzo Perugia and the brothers Lancelotti, Vincenzo and Michele, young Italian handymen. They had come to the Louvre on Sunday afternoon and secreted themselves overnight in a narrow storeroom near the Salon Carré, a gallery stuffed with Renaissance paintings. In the morning, wearing white workmen’s smocks, they had gone into the Salon Carré. They seized a small painting off the wall. Quickly, they ripped off its glass shadow box and frame and Perugia hid it under his clothes. They slipped out of the gallery, down a back stairwell and through a side entrance and into the streets of Paris. They had stolen the Mona Lisa.