Take the Money and Run

A Danish museum lent an artist $84,000 for his work. He kept the cash and named the art ‘Take the Money and Run.’

By Jaclyn Peiser

When the staff at Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in ​​northern Denmark opened boxes last week from artist Jens Haaning, they expected to see pieces featuring the half-million kroner they lent him for the works of art, the director told a Danish radio show host.

Artist Jens Haaning kept over 500,000 kroner lent to him by the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. The money was supposed to be displayed in two recreated works of art. (Google Street View)
Artist Jens Haaning kept over 500,000 kroner lent to him by the Kunsten Museum of Modern Art in Aalborg, Denmark. The money was supposed to be displayed in two recreated works of art. (Google Street View)

Instead, the museum — which had commissioned Haaning to re-create two of his older pieces that were made with cash — found two empty frames.

The new name for the artwork: “Take the Money and Run.”

Now, the museum in ​​Aalborg, Denmark, is accusing him of breaking their legal agreement and demanding the artist return the 534,000 kroner, the equivalent of over $84,000. (https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/a-danish-museum-lent-an-artist-2484000-for-his-work-he-kept-the-cash-and-named-the-art-e2-80-98take-the-money-and-run-e2-80-99/ar-AAOUgEQ)