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Satirical Mart Stocked With Empty Food Packaging Gets Sold As ‘Art’ For US$200K
By Mikelle Leow, 06 Nov 2018
Video screenshot via Sotheby’s
Just days before Banksy pulled the now-famous shredding stunt that trolled the capitalism of artworks, the unwitting art dealer that housed the street artist’s prank had been involved in a project provoking consumerism.
From 28 September to 3 October, Sotheby’s Hong Kong exhibited XUZHEN SUPERMARKET, a satirical mart created by Chinese contemporary artist Xu Zhen.
The installation just like any other convenience store you would come across in China, and was well-stocked with Coca-Cola cans, instant noodle packets, and more; but here’s the catch: all the containers were empty, thus marrying everyday life with art.
“We bought them from a real supermarket and removed the contents,” Xu described. “Anyone can buy what’s inside, and the price of each item is exactly the same as in a real supermarket.”
“But what you are buying is a small piece of art,” he disclaimed.
XUZHEN SUPERMARKET was placed on auction with an estimated value of HK$900,000 to HK$1.5 million (US$25,536 to US$191,520), but was sold to an anonymous buyer at HK$2 million (US$255,370).
“The public reacted very well, which was unexpected,” the artist recalled.
[via Quartzy, videos via Sotheby’s, images via various sources]
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