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A German Museum Worker was Fired After Hanging Up His Own Painting Covertly


A 51-year-old freelance artist is currently under investigation by local police for an unusual “property damage” case. The artist drilled two holes into a museum wall to hang his painting, hoping it would lead to his artistic breakthrough. The incident, which took place at a museum in Germany, has sparked comparisons to Banksy’s infamous museum stunts.

The Incident

According to reports from German news outlet Süddeutsche Zeitung, the artist, whose identity remains undisclosed, had access to the museum and managed to display his artwork without detection. The painting, approximately 23-by-47 inches in size, was installed in the museum’s modern and contemporary art section, sharing space with works by Warhol for eight hours before being noticed.

Response from Museum

The museum has declined to provide details about the content of the unauthorized artwork, but a spokesperson stated that they wouldn’t comment further to prevent inspiring copycats. Furthermore, they revealed that the addition did not receive any positive feedback from visitors to the gallery.

Comparison to Banksy

The incident draws parallels to Banksy’s notorious museum interventions in the early 2000s. Banksy, known for his guerrilla art tactics, famously installed his version of the Mona Lisa with an acid smiley-face at the Louvre in Paris in 2004. This stunt, among others, garnered significant attention and later resulted in high auction prices for his works.

Outcome and Implications

While both the freelance artist and Banksy remain unnamed in the press, it’s clear that Banksy’s notoriety and success in the art world overshadow any consequences of his actions. Meanwhile, the former Pinakothek employee faces legal scrutiny and negative reception for his unauthorized exhibit. However, some speculate that this incident may afford him more time to focus on his artistic endeavours.


The case of the freelance artist’s unauthorised museum exhibit serves as a reminder of the fine line between artistic expression and vandalism. While some may view such actions as daring and provocative, they can also have legal and reputational repercussions. As the investigation unfolds, the art world watches with curiosity and contemplation on the nature of artistic intervention and its consequences.

Feature Image: The Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich| Courtesy: muenchen

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