When Art Imitates Life

This scene looks like a mess left after a party, doesn’t it? That’s what most people would think. But this is an art installation, titled “We were going to dance tonight” by Milanese artists Goldschmied & Chiari. It went on exhibit last Friday at the Museion modern art gallery in Bolzano, Italy. And, of course, when a new exhibit opens at a gallery, there’s always a reception. The cleaning crew arrived Saturday morning and saw what appeared to have been quite a party, so... they cleaned it up.

“Of course we warn staff not to clean away art,” gallery curator Letizia Ragaglia told Alto Adige. “ We told them just to clean the foyer because that's where the event on Friday night had been. Evidently, they mistook the installation for the foyer...”

Fortunately, all was not lost. After organizing the 'rubbish' art into separate bin bags for glass and plastic, the cleaners realized their error before they threw out the artworks for good.

The museum staff went to work to re-assemble the installation, using photographs as a guide. -via Arbroath

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You've got a point there. Some day, someone's going to do this whole thing, and then later state that the cleaning crew was part of the "performance art" in a piece addressing the issue of modern art as trash.
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