Student eats artwork worth over $100,000

Student eats artwork worth over $100,000


For some, seeing a banana taped to a wall is synonymous with witnessing the evolution of modern art. For others, it's a mouth-watering snack. 

On Thursday, an art student from Seoul National University removed the fruit from a wall at the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul, South Korea, where it was on display. This was an iconic work by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan, but to the student, the banana felt more like a snack than a work of art. 

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Cattelan is known for his satirical pieces that challenge popular culture, often sparking debates around concept art.

CNN has learned that the student explained to the museum that he devoured it simply because he was hungry.

Entitled “Comedian” , the work became one of the most viral in the art world when it sold for $120,000 at Art Basel Miami Beach in December 2019. 

After tasting the fruit, the student put the peel back on the wall with the adhesive tape. The skin was then replaced by the museum with a fresh banana.