If you were enthralled when Banksy’s 2006 painting ‘Girl With Balloon’ was shredded through the bottom of its frame last October during an auction in London, you will soon be able to see the infamous artwork for yourself at a German museum. It is now titled ‘Love is in the Bin’ and will be exhibited at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, next month.
The stunt occurred last October during Sotheby’s Contemporary Art Sale, and, as Banksy was responsible for the shredding, the European collector in the process of buying it agreed to proceed with the sale for £1.04m ($1.34m). It was a wise decision, as the stunt boosted the painting’s value and made it the first artwork ever to be created during a live auction. ‘Love is in the Bin’ has been loaned for the first time to the museum for a one-month exhibition, and is expected to evoke great interest from the public.
“We are expecting great interest from the public, especially young people and Banksy fans,” says Henning Schaper, director of Museum Frieder Burda. “At the same time, 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.”
The artwork goes on public display from 5 February until 3 March at a symposium, where the discussion will include Elke Buhr, editor-in-chief of Monopol, the art historian Wolfgang Ullrich and the Banksy expert, Ulrich Blanché. Further information on the exhibition is available here.