Museum Lends Artist $84K, Who Keeps It, Calling It “Art”

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? It is a question with no definitive answer. But it is a question that creates a lot of controversy, especially when there is a lot of money involved. The artist argues that he has completed his contract, the museum says that he did not. You decide.

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A new art exhibition in Denmark ran into problems when an artist, Jens Haaning, who was supposed to use $84,000 to create two reproductions of famous earlier works instead kept the money. The exhibition, called Work It Out, is based on a theme: the future of labor.

Haaning previously used framed cash to represent the average annual salaries of an Austrian and a Dane.

However, when gallery staff received the pieces, they were shocked: the frames were empty. Haaning says he is keeping the money in the name of art.

The new piece, which he calls “Take the Money and Run,” has caused a dispute between Haaning and the museum on the topics of labor, the value of work and contractual obligations, precisely the theme of the exhibit itself.

While Haaning’s new work is displayed in the museum, they are still trying to retrieve the $84,000, hoping that it will be returned before January or they will have to contemplate legal action. Haaning has stated that he has no plans to give back the cash, nor is he worried about any consequences. He believes that he has created a better piece of work than simply recreating the older pieces as planned.

Haaning’s piece is not the first work to question the value of art itself. In 2019 Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall. Banksy shredded a painting at auction in 2018. And, in 1958, Yves Klein exhibited an empty room to thousands of people—an invisible work of art.


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