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‘Hungry’ student takes artwork from wall and eats it

Others would say that his art was good enough to eat, or maybe it was just forbidden fruit.

Maurizio cattelan was the victim of his own artistic genius over the weekend when a South Korean student ate a piece of banana from one of his artworks.

Comedian was an artwork that Mr Cattelan created for his exhibition WE, held at Seoul’s Leeum Art Museum. It consisted of a banana duct taped to a wall.

Noh Huyn Soo, an art student from Seoul National University who was feeling peckish during his visit to the Museum, pulled the banana off the wall and ate it in front of the shocked onlookers.


The museum replaced the banana peel with another one after he taped it back on the wall.

The student’s friend recorded the incident, which lasted for more than one minute.

A museum spokesperson told CNN that the student had told them he ate the food because he was starving.

It happened very suddenly so there was no need to take any special actions. “The artist (Cattelan), was informed about the incident, but he did not react to it,” said the museum spokesperson.

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Online videos show Mr Noh removing the banana from the wall, before he shouts “excuse-me”.

He chose to ignore the question and eat his fruity snack instead.

Later, Mr Noh revealed that he viewed Mr Cattelan’s work as an act of rebellion against a certain power.

He told KBS that “there could be another revolt against the rebellion”. “Damaging a work of art could be viewed as an artwork. I thought that was interesting… “Isn’t the tape there to be eaten?”

When Mr Cattelan was informed of the incident, he said “No problem at any time”.

It’s not the first time that someone thought Mr Cattelan’s artwork was ready for picking. In 2019, performance artist David Datuana picked the banana displayed at the Perrotin Gallery during Art Basel Miami, after the first edition sold.

The solo exhibition of Mr Cattelan, WE, is on display at the Seoul-based Museum until 16 July. Bananas are regularly changed every two to three day.


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