by the Martin Leduc
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1er May 2023, we are at the Leam Museum of Art, Seoul, South Korea. Noh Huyn-soo, a young visitor to the museum, encapsulates the culture emanating from the place. But drinking water is not enough for him.
A banana is taped to the wall. Noh Hyun-soo is “hungry,” as he himself explained to museum officials, according to one article. Korea Herald. “I skipped breakfast”.
So what could be more natural for an art student to remove the tape, peel the banana and eat it. Once this small snack was eaten, Noh Hyun-soo put the banana peel back in its original place, and reapplied the adhesive.
A banana worth its weight in gold
What is the problem ? He even cleaned up after the meal, as we can see in a video.
The problem is, it’s not just bananas. It is a work of art entitled ComedianCreated by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. An item estimated at $120,000, or just under 110,000 euros.
However, the museum does not plan to accept student work. All the better, because the price of bananas is fluctuating, but not rising. It’s around one euro for 5. And even if banana is rich in potassium, its treatment would be expensive.
No matter if the bananas are changed regularly.
Questioned by a local radio station shortly after, the student vindicated himself, arguing that damaging a work of art “can be interpreted as art”.
According to him, tying banana peels was a fun way to look at it.
According to GuardianMaurizio Cattelan, known as one of the most controversial and provocative artists of his time, might have succinctly explained “no problem”.
To prevent it from wilting, in any case the fruit is changed every 2 to 3 days. Is there a way for an artist to say that his work has been understood?
“He puts three bananas on the wall and they sell for a million and a half?”
In any case, this is already the second time Comedian is eaten. The work, which sold twice for $120,000 and again in 2019 for $150,000, had already been tasted by another artist, Daytona, when it was exhibited in Miami.
He was enraged to see that “millions [de gens] He is hungry [Cattelan NDLR] He puts three bananas on the wall and sells them for one and a half million? »
The exhibition We, by Maurizio Cattelan, will be in Korea until July 16. Let’s hope no one else shows up on an empty stomach, or this story might bear a lot of fruit.
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