COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) – A Danish artist who received a sum of money from a museum to create a work of art, submitted two empty canvases – titled “Take the Money and Run”.
Jens Haaning received the equivalent of nearly $ 84,000 in Danish kroner and euro banknotes from the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg.
For his exhibition on working conditions and money, titled âWork It Outâ which opened on September 24, the museum asked him to recreate two of his first pieces, which featured banknotes attached to a canvas representing the average annual salary in Denmark and Austria. . In addition to loaning him the notes, the museum also paid him 25,000 crowns ($ 3,900) for the work.
But when museum officials received the completed works of art, they were blank.
âThe work of art is that I took the money,â Haaning said during a radio show on P1 which is part of Danish broadcaster DR this week. He refused to say where the money was.
Haaning, who is known as a provocateur, said the artwork represented his current work situation.
âI encourage others who have such miserable working conditions as I do to do the same,â Haaning told P1. âIf you ask them to give money to go to work, then take the money and run. “
The museum says Haaning broke the agreement on how to use the money. However, he has not yet decided whether to report Haaning to the police if the money is not returned before the exhibition ends in January.
Haaning, however, denies committing a crime and insists he produced a work of art.
âIt’s not theft, it’s a breach of contract, and breach of contract is part of the job,â Haaning told P1. He was not available for comment on Wednesday.