German art museum fires worker for hanging his own painting in gallery

Giving a new meaning to Fake it until you make it comes this report out of Germany by Philip Oltermann at The Guardian.

At Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne museum earlier this year, one technician and aspiring artist got to bask in the limelight for a whole eight hours.

The museum in southern Germany on Tuesday confirmed that it had fired a member of its technical services team after he was found to have hung one of his own paintings in a part of the gallery dedicated to modern and contemporary art, allowing him to share a space with works by pop art pioneer Warhol for an entire day.

The 51-year-old man had smuggled his work into the display at Munich’s Pinakothek der Moderne “in the hope of achieving his artistic breakthrough”, the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung reported, citing police sources.

The Guardian

The police were seemingly involved because the man had to drill two holes into the wall in order to hang his art. So not only was he fired from his job but it also resulted in criminal activity involving the police. But the real blow is this quote from the musem's spokesperson: “All I can say is that we did not receive any positive feedback on the addition from visitors to the gallery." Ouch.

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