After recovering “Scream”, there is another artwork being stolen from Oslo, Norway. This time, the thief no need to sell the artwork in the black-market for money. This is because the artwork is really made of real money. “Relative Value”, the artwork made of only 100 Norwegian Krone notes putting together in a frame. This kind of conceptual arts, I prefer to call it Silly Art, does not need lots of skills; and easy to duplicate. Remember when I was in London, I have made a sculpture with just pennies. Too bad, it fell apart on the way to school in the tube. I’d wonder how much this artwork which consists of 100,000 Norwegian Krone notes is worth.
Relative Value, 2007 by Jan Christensen
Content of money picture stolen, leaving the frame behind
Not everyone knows how to appreciate arts. However, there is a Norwegian arts, even though a thief may not appreciate its artistic value, he will definitely “appreciate” its actual one; because it is made of real bank notes. An artist named Jan Christensen used 100,000 worth of Norwegian Krone (about 127,000 HKD) bank notes. This attracts a thief to steal the money.
This money picture, Relative Value, was stolen from Oslo’s MGM Gallery. The owner believed the thief broke the window of the gallery between last Saturday night and early Sunday morning; and stole all the notes, leaving an 2 metre x 4 metre empty frame.
Artist: the work has a buyer
Jan Christensen said the original idea behind which he created this work with his own money was to inspire the public to talk about value of arts, capitalism and the way the arts world function. It has a buyer already. Although it has been stolen, Jan doesn’t feel sad. On the other hand, Jan believes the incident is quite interesting because he created something which interest people outside the gallery; and eventually “his work” will “circulate” in the market very soon. Jan also believe the thief is an art lover too.