We’re a few weeks into tax season, and if you’re like most tax preparers, you’re already working long hours, ordering too many take-out meals, and not getting much sleep. But you’ve still had time to dream about that vacation you’re taking in late April, or maybe you’re even dreaming of an easier way to make a living.
Danish artist Jens Haaning may have found the easiest way of all.
The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark, gave Haaning the equivalent of $84,000 to use in the re-creation of two of his earlier works, “An Average Danish Annual Income” and “An Average Austrian Annual Income,” to be delivered last year. Both used real money in their design. But instead of re-creating them, this time Haaning pocketed the money and supplied the museum with blank canvases titled, “Take the Money and Run.”1
In a statement, Haaning said, “Everyone would like to have more money, and in our society work industries are valued differently. The artwork is essentially about the working conditions of artists.”
That may have been his intention, but the end date of the intended exhibition passed last month, and Haaning is facing a lawsuit from the Kunsten Museum.2
But for now, he’s laughing (and listening to the Steve Miller Band?) all the way to the bank.