If this incident doesn’t show, once and for all, that modern/post-modern art is full of crap, devoid of standards and judgment, I don’t know what is.
Roisin O’Connor reports for The Independent, May 8, 2017, that a pineapple left by two students at an art exhibition at Robert Gordon University (RGU) in Scotland was mistaken for a work of art.
RGU business information technology student Ruairi Gray and his friend Lloyd Jack had bought the pineapple for £1 at a supermarket. They left the fruit on a table at the Look Again exhibition at RGU’s Sir Ian Wood building, hoping that it might be mistaken for art.
Jack tweeted this pic of their pineapple:
Four days later, the two students returned to the exhibit and found that the pineapple had been put inside its own glass display case.
Gray, 22, told the MailOnline: “I saw an empty art display stand and decided to see how long it would stay there or if people would believe it was art. I came in later and it had been put in a glass case – it’s the funniest thing that has happened all year. My honours supervisor saw it and asked an art lecturer if it was real because he could not believe it.”
Natalie Kerr, a cultural assistant who organized the art exhibit, denied displaying the pineapple as art, claiming she is allergic to pineapples. She told the Press & Journal, “We were moving the exhibition, and came back after 10 minutes and it was in this glass case. It’s a bit of a mystery – the glass is pretty heavy and would need two or three people to move it, we have no idea who did it. But it’s still there now, we decided to keep it because it’s keeping with the playful spirit of this commission.”
The pineapple incident is similar to a prank a year ago when a pair of glasses placed by a 17-year-old on the floor at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) was also mistaken as part of the art exhibition.
To test whether art-goers would mistake anything as art if it’s placed in a gallery setting, TJ Khayatan placed the glasses on the floor of SFMOMA and walked away.
Soon after, visitors to the gallery surrounded the glasses and began taking pictures.
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