Artist of £95k banana art exhibit eaten by ‘hungry’ man says it’s ‘no problem’
The artist of a viral £95,000 banana art installation has forgiven the "hungry" student that ate his exhibit because he skipped breakfast.
South Korean student Noh Hyun-soo had gobbled up the ripened fruit in an act of rebellion and also to stave hunger after missing out on the most important meal of the day.
Removing the duct taped fruit from the wall proved shocking at the time but artist Maurizio Cattelan, 62, has since come out and forgiven the student.
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Eating a piece of art called "Comedian", the taped-up fruit was meant as a metaphor for the work of Charlie Chaplin, but Hyun-soo saw things differently.
Explaining that he believed Cattelan's piece was a "rebellion against the rebellion", he decided to take the artwork from the wall and scoff it.
Mr Cattelan, who sold the piece for an undisclosed six-figure sum when the exhibition first appeared at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019, has since forgiven the student and said it was "no problem" that his artwork had been eaten.
The students actions were "no problem at all" according to the 62-year-old visual artist, who has sold the exhibit three times as the actual object itself "quickly rots" according to the Independent.
Student Noh questioned if the banana was there to be eaten at the time of his art-based protest earlier this week.
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The Daily Star previously reported the student's actions, with footage showing Noh taking down the banana and taking a bite in front of museum visitors.
It is one of the rare times the exhibition, which served as an important inspiration to Maurizio before it was added to the gallery, has been eaten by an attendee.
A press release explaining the inspired fruit from 2019 read: "Every time he travelled, he brought a banana with him and hung it in his hotel room to find inspiration."
The absurdist artist had no qualms about the eating of his exhibit, and Noh even went on to say: "Damaging an artwork could also be seen as an artwork. I thought that would be interesting… Isn’t it taped there to be eaten?"
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