A private museum in the German town of Baden-Baden will be the first museum to show Banksy’s Love in the Bin, the sensational painting that was shredded by remote control at Sotheby’s in London after it was auctioned. The Frieder Burda museum announced that it will exhibit the viral artwork for one month starting from February 5 through March 3.
The work famously self-shredded shortly after it was hammered down at £1 million in October. Following the dramatic turnaround, the artist changed the title from Girl with a Balloon to Love is in the Bin and the winning bidder decided to keep the work in its new form.
The museum released a statement saying that the anonymous owner of the piece selected them to lend it to because of their strong track record of showing urban art, including a widely popular JR exhibition they ran in 2014. The museum houses the highly sought after collection of publishing magnate Frieder Burda. The over 700-piece collection includes several late masterpieces by Picasso, Gerhard Richter and Sigmar Polke.
To support the Banksy presentation, the museum is planning a symposium and several talks to further engage the audience it will naturally attract.
“We’re expecting a lot of interest, especially from young people and Banksy fans,” said Henning Schaper, the director of the museum. “But we don’t want to succumb to the temptation of putting the work on a pedestal. This certainly wouldn’t be what its creator would want either. Instead, we’re following his approach of comprehensively democratising art and are discussing how to make the work accessible to as many as possible.”
Frieder Burda, the owner, said that he was “delighted to be able to exhibit such an exciting and unusual work of art in our museum and continue the critical art discourse about it.”
The museum also commented on how competitive the process was to be the first to exhibit the work, which it described as a “new global icon” but their concept for presenting it won the anonymous lender over.