POV: The Case of the Art Anti-Thief

Dear EcoSmart blog readers, The only premise I have for bringing the following news story into our blog is that it can conceivably fall under the category of visual arts, education and the younger generation... but mostly it's because I find the story fascinating! In Poland, an art student snuck his own painting into a museum, and when the guard was not looking, hung it on the wall in one of the galleries! Not wanting to wait decades for his art to be displayed in a museum, the ambitious art student (whose last name means 'his own master') wanted to make a statement about opening up museums to the younger generation of artists.  And the reaction to the mystery art appearance? Not as dramatic as one might imagine: the piece was displayed for 3 days without the museum officials noticing. When it was finally taken down, it was then displayed in the museum cafe. The museum director says, aside from several security breaches, it was a "witty artistic happening". (Huh?) [caption id="attachment_1844" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Painting by Andrzej Sobiepan"][/caption] Dear EcoSmart blog readers: you are educators, students, brainstormers, artists, opinionists and more. What do you think?
  • Is this just another indication of the younger generation's need for immediate recognition/fame/gratification?
  • Was this a suitable way to express a voice? A necessary breath of fresh air in a stuffy institution?
  • Will the attention that this story received open the door for other stunts in similarly rarified spaces? Will it open the door to new opportunities for up-and-coming artists?
Drop us a line with your point of view! As for the piece of art, it will soon be sold in Poland's largest charity auction. You can read the full story here

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