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A lot of artists put a lot of effort into their work, anticipating the day when galleries and museums will finally show it. One creative decided to take matters into his own hands rather than wait for that invitation. In an attempt to launch his career, a staff member at a German museum bored two holes in the wall and mounted his painting. He was immediately let go from the museum, much to his dismay.

This was held at Munich's Pinakothek der Moderne. The museum houses one of the most significant collections of modern art in Europe, which includes pieces by Salvador Dalí, Paul Klee, Pablo Picasso, and Max Ernst. Additionally, they host transient exhibitions honouring the finest in architecture and design.

The 51-year-old man who is a striving artist was a member of the technical services team at the museum. While the museum was closed, he sneaked into the modern art floor to hang his own artwork while assisting with the installation of an exhibition in the architecture section. According to Tine Nehler, a museum spokesperson, "he was carrying tools, that's why he went totally unnoticed," as reported by The New York Times. 

“As a technician, he was able to move around all areas of the building outside of opening hours.”

The 23-by-47-inch painting was displayed in a vacant hallway. Although the duration of its hanging remains unclear, Nehler stated that the supervisors noticed it right away. After receiving the piece back, the man was dismissed and prohibited from ever entering the museum again. To make matters worse, the property damage he caused by drilling holes in the wall to hang his artwork was being looked into by the local police.

The man might have been motivated by a similar story that happened in Bonn a few months prior when a student taped and smuggled a painting from the Bundeskunsthalle. That story, however, ended much more happily. The artwork wasn't the only thing that the museum thought was funny—they noticed it toward the end of the exhibit. They even assisted them in finding a buyer for the artwork after the identity of the artist was made public. We find it humorous and are interested in learning more about the artist. Thus, please contact us! Nothing is wrong. On Twitter, the gallery shared a message of honour.

Naturally, the Munich case has resulted in a different conclusion. Some in the art world are now wondering what the proper course of action should be in light of these small acts of rebellion and how much harm they actually cause. In fact, a lot of people asked to view the man's artwork on social media. Others have remarked that if Banksy had pulled off this prank, he would have been commended. Though the museum reacted quickly to everything, the industry as a whole is still having this conversation. 

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