A multi-layered film about contemporary art and the murder of a painting is based on the event which happened in 1986 in the Amsterdam museum Stedelijk: a man, who stabbed a famous painting called Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III by the icon of the abstract expressionism, Barnett Newman. Was he trying to destroy the contemporary art? The real death of this piece of art came after the failed restoration, destroying it for good.
The visual artist Barbara Visser follows this case and uncovers our complicated relationship towards the contemporary art. The film questions the character of the art, the uniqueness of the piece and its economic, artistic and social value.