A Korean Student Eats A $120,000 Banana Artwork. But Why?

by Tejashee Kashyap
A Korean Student Eats A $120,000 Banana Artwork. But Why?

There have been many peculiar incidents that have taken place around the world throughout history. Some of these incidents have been comical, while others have been downright bizarre. And in one such incident, an art student ended up eating a $120,000 well-known banana art installation by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan.

Here’s What Happened With The Banana Art

The art student, Noh Huyn-soo, is studying at Seoul National University. The incident which was caught on camera saw the student unpeeling the banana and eating it in front of the onlookers. This is one of Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan’s famous artworks—a banana affixed to a wall with duct tape that has awed art connoisseurs across the globe.

Now, Noh was filmed removing the banana, which was duct-taped onto a wall at the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, unpeeling it and eating it in front of stunned onlookers. He reattached the banana skin to the wall using the same tape and walked off with a satisfied grin.

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When the museum asked Noh why he ate the banana, he simply replied that he was hungry after skipping breakfast. According to a South Korean media outlet,  the art student thought damaging a work of modern art could also be taken as artwork. He also came up with the idea to reattach the peel as a joke.

However, this isn’t the first time this has happened.

The banana, part of Cattelan’s Comedian installation, gets replaced every two or three days. It is not the first time a banana from the work has been scoffed. During the work’s debut exhibit at Miami Art Basel in 2019 a banana was removed and eaten by the performance artist David Datuna.

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Similar Art Mishaps Around

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Last year in a similar incident at South Korea Gallery, a graffiti artwork on display was damaged by a couple who thought brushes and paint laid in front of the piece were for visitors’ use.

The untitled piece was estimated to be worth about $500,000. It was painted by US graffiti artist JonOne in front of an audience in Seoul in 2016. It has since been displayed at various venues, along with the paint and brushes used in the live performance – which are regarded as integral parts of the artwork.

Let us know what you think about the two incidents!

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