Do you remember the banana duct-taped to a wall? The one by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan that went on sale at Art Basel Miami Beach for $1,20,000 (Rs 85 lakh approximately). Well, someone reportedly ate the expensive banana.
No, we’re not kidding you. According to CNN, a performance artist unceremoniously grabbed the banana off the wall and ate it, amid a crowd of stunned onlookers, some of them taking videos of the incident.
David Datuna, who describes himself as a Georgian-born American artist, called the act an ‘Art performance by a Hungry Artist’ as he peeled the fruit and took a bite.
Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin, said “He did not destroy the artwork. The banana is the idea,” quotes News 18. Apparently, the value of the work is in the certificate of authenticity and the banana is meant to be replaced. A replacement banana was taped to the wall about 15 minutes after Datuna’s stunt.
“This has brought a lot of tension and attention to the booth and we’re not into spectacles,” Terras told the Miami Herald. “But the response has been great. It brings a smile to a lot of people’s faces.”
However, while some people found the act hilarious:
— Charlie C (@CarlosG73821194) December 9, 2019
fully justified 😅
— Naveen Sharma (@navlive) December 8, 2019
We all know where it should go next. pic.twitter.com/FWFqeIUylZ
— RANDOM BLACK BOX (@honigimschritt) December 8, 2019
— calloutfax (@calloutfax) December 8, 2019
Now he can sell his feces for the value of one million
— Juanse Gundo (@Juan_albamonte) December 9, 2019
YALL IM DEAD REMEMBER THAT 150k BANANA ON THE WALL OR SMTH? A GEORGIAN DUDE ATE IT AND SAID THAT WAS A PERFORMANCE “hungry artist” AND NOW THEY MIGHT ARREST HIM😭😭😭😭😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂
— Sophie (@sdenizkizi) December 8, 2019
Many others felt the money and the banana could have been put to better use. Take a look:
People are starving but hey let's buy stupid shit.
— GwenieB66🗽🆘 (@GwenieB66) December 8, 2019
The only thing that would have been better than eating it would have been if the artist took the banana, walked outside, and gave the banana to a hungry, homeless person.
— Meattruk (@meattruk) December 8, 2019
This is how sick society has become: taping a banana to a wall is considered "modern art" and is worth $120K.
What's the possibility that the "artist" is a uppity liberal living in a gentrified neighborhood, feigning care for poor people? His "art" could feed a hungry person. https://t.co/NJncDvc3fx
— Ali Salaam / Insight-Media.co (@AliSalaam_DTI) December 8, 2019
Sad it was a performance artist and not just a hungry guy.
— Frankie-nee (@Chipnician144) December 8, 2019
So it should have been. It was better used as food
— Dawn Davies (@DawnDavies9) December 8, 2019
Exhibit A that some people have too much money and it needs to go to people in need.
— just james (@justjamesus) December 9, 2019
Yet we have millions of poor ppl in this country smh
— ♠️🍢BowlBound🍢♠️ (@TeeJay80) December 8, 2019
All this while we thought Rahul Bose was overcharged for a banana. Well, you could buy 25L bananas for the price of this banana artwork after all. What are your thoughts about this pricey banana?