Banksy's shredded art work goes back on display

Publish Date
Tuesday, 5 February 2019, 5:31p.m.
'Love is in the Bin' has returned to the art world. (Photo / AP)
'Love is in the Bin' has returned to the art world. (Photo / AP)

A Banksy painting that shocked onlookers as it partially shredded itself after being sold at auction is going on display in Germany.

The Frieder Burda museum in Baden-Baden said Monday that "Girl with Balloon," which self-destructed last year after an unidentified European collector successfully bid $1.4 million at a Sotheby's auction, will be shown from Feb. 5 through March 3.

The painting, retitled "Love is in the Bin" after the shredding, will then be moved to the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart museum on permanent loan.

"Girl With Balloon," which depicts a small child reaching up toward a heart-shaped red balloon, was originally stenciled on a wall in east London and has been endlessly reproduced, becoming one of Banksy's best-known images.

Museum director Henning Schaper told BBC World News that they have checked the frame for any batteries to ensure the rest of the painting remains intact.

“We definitely wanted to avoid a situation where a certain visitor would show up and press a hidden button and set the shredder going again.”

The art work is being displayed for free, as Banksy’s work is normally found on the street.


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