DAILY ART FIX: Art Or Heist? A Danish Artist Took $84,000 And Sent A Museum 2 Blank Canvases

Art world links which caught my eye…

Jens Haaning's artwork "Take the Money and Run" is seen in the Kunsten Musem of Modern Art. The empty canvas was meant to hold thousands of dollars in cash — but the artist chose to hang on to the money.

I don’t know why this museum is complaining. This is the Postmodern model elitists have been promoting in action, taken to its logical conclusion.

The money was supposed to be used to create modern art. And it was — but not in the way a Danish museum expected when it gave an artist the equivalent of $84,000. In return, it received two empty canvases.

The artist, Jens Haaning, says the blank canvases comprise a new work of art — titled “Take the Money and Run” — that he calls a commentary on poor wages. One thing it’s not, he says, is a theft.

“It is a breach of contract, and breach of contract is part of the work,” he said, according to Danish public broadcaster DR.

“The work is that I have taken their money,” Haaning stated.

The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg isn’t satisfied with that explanation, but that hasn’t stopped it from displaying the two canvases as part of its exhibition called Work It Out, which explores people’s relationship with work.

Read the full article here: Art Or Heist? A Danish Artist Took $84,000 And Sent A Museum 2 Blank Canvases


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6 thoughts on “DAILY ART FIX: Art Or Heist? A Danish Artist Took $84,000 And Sent A Museum 2 Blank Canvases

  1. Smartass. I would have put his name on the canvass and titled it Naked Mohammad. It would drive him into hiding for the rest of his life.

  2. You’re right. In business acceptance of the product implies it’s yours to gain fortune with or become an expensive door stop.

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