Olaph the Oxman
"The posthumous considerations of Olaph the Oxman (1885-1935), shine a light on the reasons why he was mysteriously murdered. While some may be indifferent — owing to apparent lack of empathy due to personality disorder — for others it was an inspiration. People became embroiled in all sorts of theories, lending a fantastical aura to the story and luring more people to try their own hand at solving this great mystery.
During the next half dozen or so years after Olaph’s death, some of these theories became part of the social sphere. One theory in particular, depicted in the exhibition —though virtually nothing is known about its author — seems to reveal in itself the methods by which murder mysteries are narrated and constructed.
Some artists were driven by this mysterious story try to raise some of the corpus delicti of one of the most remarkable crime stories of the first half of the twentieth century." Curator and writer Tiago de Abreu Pinto's recent projects are focused on art-writing by means of storytelling through the medium of the novel. For Copperfield he has used the unusual framework of a historic murder mystery to structure and unfold an exhibition.