What’s artwork, anyway? From one Danish artist’s viewpoint, it is pocketing $84,000 in fee from a museum.
The Kunsten Museum of Artwork in Aalborg, Denmark paid artist Jens Haaning upfront to re-create two older sculptures. As an alternative, he stored the cash with out labor and known as it conceptual artwork.
Haaning tabbed his artwork as “Take the Money and Run” and it is merely two clean whiteboard frames with out something on them.
In line with a written settlement, obtained by Artnet, Haaning was tasked with exhibiting the banknotes themselves, successfully recreating a pair of artworks he made in 2007 and 2010 that represented the typical annual incomes of an Austrian and a Dane.
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Haaning rationalized his paintings with the Danish radio program PI Morgen final week.
“The work is that I have taken their money,” he mentioned. “It’s not theft. It is a breach of contract, and breach of contract is part of the work.”
The museum is definitely displaying the 2 empty frames on show in its ongoing artwork present, “Work it Out.”
“I absolutely want to give Jens the right (to say) that a new work has been created in its own right, which actually comments on the exhibition we have,” Lasse Andersson, the museum’s director, additionally instructed PI Morgen final week. “But that is not the agreement we had.”
Haaning was displeased with the compensation and frustrated he’d have to fork out around $4,000 of his own money to remake two older artworks that defeats the purpose of why they were originally made.
“Why ought to we present a piece that’s about Denmark…11 years in the past, or one that’s about Austria’s relationship with a financial institution 14 years in the past?” he requested on the radio present.
“I encourage other people who have just as miserable working conditions as me to do the same. If they are sitting on some (expletive) job and not getting money and are actually being asked to give money to go to work, then take the box and (run) off.”
It’s unclear if the museum will likely be searching for authorized motion.