19 Nov 2010

The Secret

2800 postcards made by different artists are displayed at the Royal College of Art in London anonymously and signed on the reverse – the artist remains a secret until the cards are purchased.

Each postcard costs 45 pounds and a maximum of four postcards may be purchased per person. The RCA organizes this contemporary art exhibition and fundraising sale every year.

The artists include Grayson Perry, Yoko Ono, Jake Chapman, Olafur Eliasson, Yinka Shonibare, Sir Peter Blake, John Baldessari, fashion designers Manolo Blahnik, Mary Quant and Sir Paul Smith, animator Nick Park, photographer David Bailey, film maker Mike Leigh and designers Ron Arad and James Dyson, as well as students and graduates from the Royal College of Art.

The exhibition ends today at 9 p.m. – tomorrow at 8 a.m. people will already be queuing in front of the college in order to be first in the row – getting the picture that may be a hidden treasure.

Since Tuesday a group of people started camping in front of the college, securing their position in the queue.

The 2800 postcards range from a simple glove glued onto the postcard to fantastic portraits and creative masterpieces. Nobody knows what’s on the reverse side of the postcard. Maybe there is another picture? Maybe it is only the signature.

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