A "hungry" faculty scholar ate a banana at a museum. It was a $160,000 piece of artwork.

  • The Italian artist’s $160,000 piece, referred to as the “Comic,” was displayed in a South Korean museum. 
  • The well-known paintings contains a ripe banana duct taped to the wall. 
  • The scholar who ate the banana mentioned he was hungry however later added he thought the act was a type of artwork itself.

The lengthy trek by way of a museum could make anybody hungry, however most individuals chorus from consuming the work on show. 

On Thursday, a South Korean artwork scholar, who mentioned he had skipped breakfast, was too hungry to withstand the temptation of a banana taped to the wall, the Strait Instances reported.

The ripe banana was a part of the “Comic,” an paintings valued at $160,000 by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan. It’s now on show on the Leeum Museum of Artwork in Seoul.

The museum promptly changed the banana with a brand new one. It had bananas available as a result of the fruit artwork is usually refreshed each few days.

“The scholar instructed the museum he ate it as a result of he was hungry,” a museum spokesperson instructed CNN. The spokesperson mentioned the artist had been knowledgeable however did not anticipate any expenses to be filed in opposition to the coed.

Consuming Cattelan’s banana paintings has develop into one thing of a creative act in itself. The South Korean scholar — wearing a darkish swimsuit — was filmed casually peeling the tape off the wall,  after which peeling the banana, earlier than dealing with the digital camera as he ate it.

The scholar, whose identify wasn’t revealed, instructed a neighborhood information outlet that he thought consuming the banana may very well be thought-about artwork in itself, The Philippine Star reported. “Damaging a piece of contemporary artwork is also (interpreted as a sort of) paintings,” he mentioned.

The scholar is not the primary to eat Cattelan’s well-known artwork for the sake of artwork. Again in 2019, efficiency artist David Datuna additionally ate the “Comic.”

On the time, Datuna referred to as his act the “Hungry Artist.” 

“I really like Maurizio Cattelan paintings and I actually love this set up. It’s extremely scrumptious,” Datuna mentioned in an Instagram put up after the incident.