Banksy’s Self-Shredding Artwork Up On Display

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A painting of Banksy – known for his (or her) thought-provoking and politically motivated artworks – that surprised audiences during an auction when the painting shredded itself through a hidden shredded in the frame, is now open for the public to see.

The partially destroyed artwork opens to the public Tuesday at the Frieder Burda Museum in Baden-Baden, Germany. The museum told news outlets that they had a hard time convincing the owner of the painting to show it in their gallery and said that it was a “stiff competition” for them to display the work.

The work which is now named “Love is in the Bin” shocked the auction-goers when the 2006 painting slid into its built-in shredder after being auctioned for $1.4 million. Interestingly, after the artistic stunt pulled by Banksy, the artwork was valued now more than it was initially sold for.

The painting which was previously named “The Girl with a Balloon,” a political piece from Banksy based on the artist’s famous mural painting, was one of Banksy’s most famous works up to date. The name of the painting was (rightfully) changed shortly after the artistic self-shredding of the canvas.

Banksy in an Instagram post said that he intended for the whole work to be destroyed, but the organizers of the auction were able to stop the painting from being entirely shredded.

Frieder Burda Museum’s director, Henning Schaper, told reporters that his team has opened the frame and purposely removed the shredder to preserve the work from being shredded further.

“We are expecting great interest from the public, especially young people and Banksy fans,” Schaper added in a statement. “At the same time, we have to resist the temptation to display the picture like a trophy. That would not be what the artist had in mind.

“Instead, we are trying to adhere to (Banksy’s) approach of consistently democratizing art, and we are currently discussing how to make the picture accessible to as many people as possible.”

The anonymous artist was known for its thought-provoking painting that is often politically themed. Until now, no one has ever confirmed the identity of the famous artist and the anonymity is what makes the artist’s legacy and art valuable.

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