If you thought you heard everything there was to be said about Banksy’s infamous “Girl with Balloon” picture, which was spontaneously shredded in the midst of its auction in London last October, think again. With the three-quarters of the work shredded and dangling out of the frame, the piece is now entitled “Love is in the Bin”, and is garnering more attention than ever before. Next month, it will be exhibited for the first time at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany.
While the shredding was controversial, the buyer agreed to proceed with the $1.34 million purchase since it was Banksy himself who purposely damaged the piece. The stunt actually increased the painting’s value and aura of fascination, and made it the first-ever artwork to be created during a live auction.
The painting will be on loan to the museum for a one-month exhibition, which is expected to draw significant crowds. Henning Schaper, the museum’s director, said, “We have to resist the temptation to display the picture like a trophy. That would definitely not be what the artist had in mind. Instead, we are trying to adhere to his approach of consistently democratising art and we are currently discussing how to make the picture accessible to as many people as possible.”
“Love is in the Bin” will be on display from February 5 to March 3, 2019. Admission to see the piece will be free to align with the artist’s philosophy on the value of art.