Bijutsutecho｜Accident on 120000 dollar banana 'Comedian'. What happened at Art Basel Miami Beach 2019
Reported By Bijitsuecho
Maurizio Cattelan's sculpture “Comedian” (2019) presented at the art fair “Art Basel Miami Beach”. A series of events surrounding this piece of real bananas affixed to the wall with scotch tape.
The curtain closed on December 8 America's largest art fair "Art Basel Miami Beach (ABMB)" . The most talked about at this year's fair was the comedian (2019), which appeared in the Perotin booth, with Maurizio Cattelan sticking a real banana to the wall with gray scotch tape.
Cattelan has been thinking about the idea for about a year and took a banana to decorate the hotel room with each trip. At first, he was thinking about sculptures in the shape of bananas, but after making several models using resin and bronze, he finally turned the real bananas into works.
On the first day of the fair, two editions of the work were purchased by individual collectors at a price of $ 120,000. The third edition was booked by the museum for $ 150,000 (about 16 million yen).