The altered work, which does not have a name, is by the North American graffiti artist JonOne and has a dimension of 2.4 x 7 meters. The piece has an estimated value of US $ 500,000 (about R $ 2.8 million) and was painted in front of an audience in Seoul in 2016.
Cans of paints and brushes used by the artist in 2016 are moved along with the panel to different exhibition locations, including the gallery where the work is currently at the Lotte World Mall. The accessories are in front of the panel and are considered part of the work, which was the only one in the place without a frame due to its size, explained ABC News.
According to the team responsible for the exhibition, last Sunday, the space security cameras (see below) they caught a man and a woman – approximately 20 years old – taking some paint from the cans that make up the work and started to splash and rub the dye on the work of art.
The police analyzed the images and arrested the pair in a mall. Subsequently, Kang Wook, head of the exhibition, confirmed to the Reuters news agency that they were released because the gallery did not report the occurrence. The exhibition understood the confusion alleged by the duo for thinking that the work would be collaborative and visitors could paint it.
“They [o homem e a mulher] they thought they could do it as participatory art and made a mistake. We are currently discussing with the artist about the possibility of restoring it, “explained Wook.
After the confusion, the gallery decided to place additional “Don’t Touch” signs and a wire fence around the piece.
Other visitors were caught taking pictures with the altered art and Wook explained that interest in visiting the show increased after the incident. The artwork of JonOne will be exposed on the site until June 13.
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