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Salvage Art Institute: Finding a Place for Totalled Artwork

When artwork becomes damaged beyond repair, they are usually just thrown into a warehouse and left there to collect dust. But is that the end for all art that gets damaged? That's what Elka Krajewska sought to change: to find value in salvage art.

Krajewska was intrigued by the concept of what was once considered a work of art being demoted to an object with no value beyond its materials.
In response, she came up with the idea for a museum of salvaged art, a place where these totalled former artworks could find new life in the conversations and philosophical questions they spark: What defines an artwork? How do we determine its inherent value? Is there such a thing as objective value?

(Image credit: Neubauer Collegium/SAI)


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