A performance artist stunned onlookers at the Art Basel Show in Miami Beach on Saturday when he tore off a banana that had been taped to a gallery wall and ate it.
It was no ordinary banana, as the piece was indeed a work of art by famous Italian artist, Maurizio Cattelan, which he titled “Comedian”. The piece was sold to a French Collector for $120,000.
Revealing the incident on his Instagram account, David Datuna, the performance artist in question, walks up to the banana and pulls it off the wall with the duct tape still attached.
Before pulling it, he uttered: “Art performance… Hungry artist.” Then after taking a bite, he expressed pleasure as he said, “Thank you, very good.”
The event caused a stir and drew some giggles from onlookers until Datuna was whisked away for questioning.
The matter was resolved amicably and publicised when Lucien Terras, director of museum relations for Galerie Perrotin spoke to the press saying: “He did not destroy the art work. The banana is the idea.”
Apparently, the banana is expected to be replaced and the value of the work likes in it’s certificate of authenticity. In line with this, the banana was replaced within 15 minutes of the incident.
The artist, Cattelan, is famous for his 18-Carat functional gold plated toilet which was worth between $5million and $6million until it was stolen.