1. “The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls,” (Pablo Picasso).
2. From 1912-1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals for artworks inspired by sport.
3. The phrase “state-of-the-art” applied to the latest technology was first recorded in 1955.
4. The only painting sold by Vincent van Gogh in his lifetime was The Red Vineyard which was bought by the Belgian artist Anna Boch.
5. Four of the 21 most expensive paintings sold at auction are by van Gogh and four by Picasso.
6. In 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting Le Bateau was hung upside down at New York’s Museum of Modern Art for 46 days before anyone noticed.
7. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the empty space it left on the wall attracted more visitors than the painting had.
8. A world record of 8ft 6in for the highest flying toast from a pop-up toaster was set at the Royal College of Art graduate show in 2008.
9. “Art, n. This word has no definition,” (Ambrose Bierce, The Devil’s Dictionary, 1906).
10. The Oxford English Dictionary offers 12 different meanings for the noun ‘art’.