Danish Artist Took An $84,000 Art Grant Then Gave The Museum Two Blank Canvases Called “Take The Money And Run”

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A typical expertise when visiting an art museum or gallery that focuses on modern art shouldn’t be understanding why an very simple work has an unlimited price ticket. Danish artist Jens Haaning has outdone even the fashionable artwork world along with his newest venture.

Kunsten Museum of Trendy Art in Aalborg, Denmark, commissioned a bit from Haaning for a part of their “Work It Out” exhibition, centered on the theme of contemporary day labor circumstances. The museum supposed for him to recreate an earlier piece made up of precise Danish and Austrian financial institution notes representing annual wages throughout the two nations.

To assist Haaning create his piece, the museum offered him with the equal of $84,000 American {dollars}. As an alternative of delivering the agreed upon piece, Haaning delivered two clean canvases. The title he gave these two clean canvases?

“Take the Money and Run”

Here is one of many precise delivered works:

HENNING BAGGER/Ritzau Scanpix/AFP by way of Getty Photographs

Haaning explains in a latest Danish radio interview:

“The paintings is that I’ve taken the cash…I encourage others who’ve simply as depressing working circumstances as I to do the identical. If they’re being requested to provide cash to go to work, then take the cash and run.”

The museum would not essentially see issues the identical manner because the artist, however a consultant says they’ll wait to see if Haaning returns the cash earlier than the tip of the exhibition in January. However Haaning says the one crime he is dedicated is a breach of contract:

“It isn’t theft, it’s a breach of contract, and the breach of contract is a part of the work.”

For now, Haaning is not telling anybody what he is performed with the cash, or the place it may be positioned.


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