A student eats an artwork – level 3

05-05-2023 15:00

A South Korean art student, Noh Huyn-soo, made headlines when he ate a banana from a famous installation by Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan at the Leeum Museum of Art in Seoul.

In a video captured by a friend, Noh boldly removed the duct-taped banana from the wall, ate it in front of astonished onlookers, and then reattached the banana peel using the same tape before leaving with a satisfied expression. When questioned by the museum, Noh explained that he was hungry and saw the act as a form of artistic expression. The banana is part of Cattelan’s installation called Comedian and is regularly replaced every few days.

This is not the first time the banana has been consumed, as performance artist David Datuna ate a banana from the installation during its exhibition in Miami in 2019. Cattelan, known for provocative artworks, reportedly had no issue with Noh’s actions.

Difficult words: onlooker (an observer), provocative (causing anger or another strong reaction).

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What artistic statement did Noh Huyn-soo hope to make by eating the banana from Maurizio Cattelan's installation?


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