Te Papa has dumped a whole truck load of cash on rubbish, literally, masquerading as art.
The luvvies are no doubt in total thrall at such wonders…they call it an investment in our future.
Te Papa has splashed taxpayers’ cash on two new artworks, one of which even its creator jokingly describes as a load of rubbish.
The purchase of the works by Bill Culbert means taxpayers have now effectively funded them twice – once when Creative New Zealand paid $650,000 for their creation and showing at last year’s Venice Biennale, and now as Te Papa adds them to the national collection.
The museum could not say how much it spent on the works, Daylight Flotsam Venice and Drop, citing confidentiality. However, the Auckland gallery that brokered the deal said it was “less than $500,000″.
Acting chief executive Arapata Hakiwai said the purchases were “an investment worth making to ensure New Zealanders have access to these two remarkable installations”. Culbert was a internationally recognised “significant” artist, he said. “It is appropriate for Te Papa to house works of this stature and significance.” Â Â Read more »