Kaya 959 Reporter
The money was supposed to be used to create modern art. And it was — but not in the way a Danish museum expected when it gave an artist the equivalent of $84,000 (R1,2 million). In return, it received two empty canvases.
The artist, Jens Haaning, says the blank canvases make up a new work of art — titled “Take the Money and Run” — that he calls a commentary on poor wages. One thing it’s not, he says, is a theft.
Danish museum lent the artist Jens Haaning $84,000 for his work.
He returned a blank artwork with the name: ‘Take the Money and Run.’ pic.twitter.com/u0I25EO6AS
— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) September 28, 2021
According to CNN, the artist, Jens Haaning, turned in two blank canvases and titled it
“Take the Money and Run.” “I don’t see that I have stolen money… I have created an art piece, which is maybe 10 or 100 times better than what we had planned. What is the problem?”
Haaning took the money as part of an agreement with the Kunsten, which says it loaned Haaning more than half a million kroner so he could frame the cash in a reprise of an earlier artwork.
Haaning is a well-known artist in Denmark, where his attention-grabbing projects have included rendering the Dannebrog, Denmark’s red and white national flag, in green,