kunsten | Danish Artist takes Kunsten museum’s money and runs, calls it artwork

AgenciesThe museum is now considering whether to report Haaning to the police if he hasn’t returned the cash by the time the exhibition ends in January.

A Danish artist has pocketed 534,000 kroner ($84,000) in cash that he received from a museum to incorporate into an artwork and changed the name of the installation to “Take the Money And Run.”Jens Haaning had agreed with Kunsten museum, in northern Denmark, that he would borrow the money to replicate earlier work which displayed the annual incomes of an Austrian and a Dane. But when the museum in Aalborg opened the box that Haaning had shipped, the cash was missing from the two glass frames and the artwork’s title had been changed.“The work of art is that I took their money,” Haaning told broadcaster DR.

Kunsten wants Haaning to return the cash, but he’s declining. The museum is now considering whether to report Haaning to the police if he hasn’t returned the cash by the time the exhibition ends in January.

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Scribbles, Scratches And Other Abstract Pieces Of Art That Made Millions


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World Of Abstracts

Who says a scribble or a scratch is worthless? Check out these abstracts which sold for a fortune thanks to their minimalistic allure.

Untitled (1970) by Cy Twombly

Cost: $70.5 millionWhat seems like chalk scribbles on a slate is actually an oil-based house paint and crayon artwork on canvas by Edwin Parker ‘Cy’ Twombly Jr, which fetched a record price for the artist in Christie’s 2014 sale. Part of Twombly’s ‘blackboard’ paintings, the 1970 artwork is inspired by his stint in Pentagon as a cryptologist. What’s interesting is the way he produced this artwork. He sat on the shoulders of a friend, who kept on walking along the length of the canvas, enabling Twombly to create fluid lines. The painting’s then owner, Audrey Irmas, a philanthropist, parted with the painting to raise funds for her foundation for social justice. Interestingly, Irmas bought the painting for $3.85 million in 1990. (Image: www.christies.com)

Green White by Ellsworth Kelly

Cost: $1.65 millionOnce part of the Robert and Jean Shoenberg collection, this 1961 artwork came into the market at Christie’s 2008 sale. Kelly was a camouflage artist during his stint in the army in the 1940s. He was a part of the unit known as ‘the Ghost army’ comprising artists and designers who painted objects that would misdirect enemy soldiers.(Image: www.christies.com)

‘Orange, Red, Yellow’ by Mark Rothko

Cost: $86.88 million (including buyer’s premium)The vibrant orange, red and yellow coloured rectangles was part of art collector David Pincus’s estate and was brought to the market by Christie’s in 2012 where its sale set the record for post war/ contemporary art at the time. Rothko’s 1961 work was in Pincus’s possession for four-and-a-half decades. The final bid was double the highest estimate of the artwork.(Image: www.markrothko.org)

‘Concetto Spaziale, Attese’ by Lucio Fontana

Cost: $16.2 millionThe 24 sharp vertical tears on a crimson, water-painted seven- foot wide canvas was contested for about a minute and 30 seconds during Sotheby’s 2015 auction. Yet, the painting was sold below the low presale estimate of $15 million. Turns out, Fontana was inspired to paint this artwork watching Red Desert, a 1964 movie created by Michelangelo Antonioni, which won the Golden Lion in that year’s Venice Film Festival. In fact, the inscription on the back of the painting, in Italian, reads, “I returned yesterday from Venice, I saw Antonioni’s film!!!”(Image: www.sothebys.com)

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