Danish artist loaned $84,000 by museum keeps cash, says it’s art

Danish artist loaned $84,000 by museum keeps cash, says it’s art

A Danish museum loaned an artist 534,000 kroner ($84,000) in cash to recreate old artworks of his using the banknotes, but he ended up pocketing the money and sending blank canvasses with a new title: “Take the Money and Run”. Jens Haaning, a Danish artist, was commissioned by the Kunsten Museum in the western city of Aalborg to reproduce two works using the cash — Danish kroner and euros — to represent the annual salary in Denmark and Austria. But the museum’s director Lasse Andersson told AFP that “two days before the opening of the exhibition we got an email from Jens telling us he won’t be showing the works we agreed on”. The artist was true to his word, sending two blank canvasses. Andersson said he laughed out loud and decided to show the works anyway in the museum’s modern art exhibition that opened on September 24. He said they have a “humoristic approach
A Danish museum loaned an artist 534,000 kroner ($84,000) in cash to recreate old artworks of his using the banknotes, but he ended up pocketing the money and sending blank canvasses with a new title: “Take the Money and Run”. Jens Haaning, a Danish artist, was commissioned by the Kunsten Museum in the western city of Aalborg to reproduce two works using the cash — Danish kroner and euros — to represent the annual salary in Denmark and Austria. But the museum’s director Lasse Andersson told AFP that “two days before the opening of the exhibition we got an email from Jens telling us he won’t be showing the works we agreed on”. The artist was true to his word, sending two blank canvasses. Andersson said he laughed out loud and decided to show the works anyway in the museum’s modern art exhibition that opened on September 24. He said they have a “humoristic approach