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Partially shredded Banksy canvas to go on view in Germany


Agence France-Presse

Berlin, Germany  /  Wed, January 9, 2019  /  04:09 pm
Partially shredded Banksy canvas to go on view in Germany

Sotheby's employees pose with the newly completed work by artist Banksy entitled 'Love is in the Bin', a work that was created when the painting 'Girl with Balloon' was passed through a shredder in a surprise intervention by the artist, at Sotheby's auction house in London on Oct. 12, 2018, following the work's sale. (AFP/Ben Stansall)

A partially destroyed Banksy canvas, shredded moments after it was sold at auction last year, will be exhibited in Germany next month, the Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden said Tuesday.     

The work, now called "Love is in the Bin", will be shown for the first time since it was created in a theatrical stunt at Sotheby's in London in October.

"Since the birth of conceptual art, there have always been artistic attempts to volatilize or even destroy an artwork’s own existence, thus undermining its material value or trying to transfer it into a different value context," the Frieder Burda museum said, announcing the show. 

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Moments after the painting "Girl with Balloon" sold for £1,042,000 ($1.4 million) -- a joint record for the maverick artist -- it unexpectedly passed through a shredder hidden in the frame.

The buyer went through with the purchase, and some art experts said it was probably now worth more than it had been before the stunt.

The work will be on display at Frieder Burda for four weeks from February 5.