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“Banana Art” Student Eats Artwork Displayed in Museum Wall “He Was Hungry”

Post by : Hillary Musyoki

Understanding Art takes time, as one may be presented an Art looking funny but it will take time to understand what it portrays. For instance, presented a fruit as an art for others its an amazing and unique piece of work while for others, it will seem like just a fruit presented before them.

An art student from Seoul National University decided that the “Banana art” would be a snack. He removed the fruit, an iconic work by Italian artist Maurizo Cattelan from the wall of Leemum Museum of Art in Seoul from where it was displayed, the he proceeded to snack on it.

A museum spokesperson revealed that “The student told the museum he ate it because he was hungry.”

The art work entitled “Comedian” became one of the art’s world’s iconic art when it sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2019.

The student left the museum in shock after he had finished eating the fruit, the student taped the banana peel back on to the wall. It was later replaced by the museum using a fresh banana.

“It happened suddenly, so no special action was taken. The artist was informed of the incident but he did not have any reaction to it,” added the museum spokesperson.

The Artwork is part of Cattelan’s exhibition WE that is currently being shown at the Seoul-based Museum until July 16.

How does the banana stay fresh? it is regularly swapped out two to three days, and is not for sale.

The Artist Cattelan, is known for his ironic pieces that pose a challenge to popular culture often provoking debates around conceptual art.

Not The First Incident

This was not the first time someone mistaken the Art for food.

At the first edition of ‘Comedian’, performance artist David Datuna abruptly plucked the banana on display at the Perrotin gallery at Art Basel in Miami and ate it as shocked onlookers watched.

Datuna found delight in the stunt, posting to Instagram at the time saying “I really love this installation. It is very delicious.” He later defended his act , calling it an art performance and not an act of vandalism.

Perrotin told CNN  that bananas are “a symbol of global trade, a double entendre, as well as a classic device for humor. Adding that Cattelan turns boring objects into “vehicle of both delight and critique.”

The artists did not give any details to potential buyers on what to do when the artwork starts to decompose.

Someone ate a $120,000 banana that an artist had taped to a wall.

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