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[VIDEO NEWS] Art piece worth over 700 million won ($658,000) vandalized by K-pop fans

Mar 28,2018
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1) “We have discovered that the installation in the outside gallery ‘Space Lee Ufan’ was vandalized with scribbles and footprints and reported it to the police.” - the Busan Museum of Art administration

2) Lee Ufan is a world-class virtuoso of modern art,

3) and his sculpture is currently on display outdoors at the Busan Museum of Art.

4) 2.70 meters (8.85 feet) high, 3 meters wide, and 4 centimeters thick.

5) The relevant piece, “Relatum-Corner” (2015), is made with natural stone and a steel plate.

6) On its surface, the name of a K-pop boy band, Wanna One, the names of its members, such as “Kang Daniel,” and heart shapes were etched in with a sharp object.

7) The museum bought this piece at a price of 700 million won ($658,000) in 2015 and its current value is estimated to be higher.

8) “The incident happened because of some people’s lack of awareness about the artwork and the artist.” - Kim Sunhee, director of the Busan Museum of Art

9) However, some are pointing out that this was caused by neglect on the museum’s part

10) as the piece was displayed at an outdoor gallery akin to a park, where anyone could easily approach the piece.

11) The Busan Art Museum found the piece vandalized around the end of January and swiftly restored the piece.

12) It also placed a sign saying “Security camera present, please do not touch” on the floor of the outdoor installation.

13) What is needed is a more mature civic awareness that can appreciate art and celebrities with only the eyes and heart.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Park Hae-lee
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyo-jung
Edited by Hoyeon Yoo