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September 20, 2023
Artist Ordered To Pay Museum Back $77,000 After Submitting Two Blank Canvases Literally Called ‘Take The Money And Run’
I guess Danish artists are now slave workers that are no longer entitled to the fruits of their labor. At least that is what happened in Denmark when one artist submitted the most beautiful example of modern art and the museum actually had the nerve to not pay him for his work.
In 2021, Jens Haaning was given $84,000 by a museum to use in a work of art. Haaning turned in two blank canvases and pocketed the money. He titled the canvases "Take the Money and Run."
A court in Copenhagen ruled this week he has to pay at least some of it back.
The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art had asked Haaning to update two of his previous works, which used actual money to show the average incomes of Denmark and Austria, according to CBS.
But instead of delivering art using real money, Haaning delivered empty frames that were meant to be filled with cash. And the museum accepted it.
It was expected that the money would be returned when the exhibition closed in Jan. 2022.
But Haaning refused to turn in the money, resulting in a long legal battle.
The artist was ordered to refund the court $70,623 U.S. dollars, which was reduced to include his artist fee and the cost of mounting the art, according to BBC News.
Considering that anything passes as art these days, I do not see what the problem was here. Did the museum really think the artist was going to work for free?
All jokes aside, the artist is actually a woke socialist who has never worked a day in his life. But I guess what artist isn’t like that these days?
The artist changed the title to “Take the Money and Run” as a means of addressing “artists’ rights and their working conditions in order to establish more equitable norms within the art industry.”
He may not understand economics, but at least he understands irony. And we love to see a woke museum get eaten alive by a woke artist.
If only he was as smart as the Banana guy. Maybe then would he have made an actual return on his investment.
Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan taped a banana to a wall at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019 and sold it for $120,000.
Some critics said it wasn’t art. And in a lawsuit years later, another artist said it wasn’t original.
Fortunately, he rightfully won the lawsuit because “Art may not be easily definable, but life does imitate it — even in its absurdities,” Judge Robert N. Scola said in his opinion.
Hunter Biden could only dream of becoming an artist like these two.
I guess it is time for me to pick up that sketch book.