It’s called Trash.

LONDON (Reuters) – A cleaner at London’s Tate Britain modern art gallery threw out a bag of garbage which formed part of an artwork because it was thought to be trash, British newspapers reported Friday.

The transparent bag of garbage — full of newspaper, cardboard and other bits of paper — formed part of a work by German-born artist Gustav Metzger called “Recreation Of First Public Demonstration Of Auto-Destructive Art.”

It was on display next to a sheet of nylon that had been spattered with acid, and a metal sculpture on a table when a cleaner tossed it out with the other trash.

A Tate spokesman said the mistake was made the day before the exhibition opened at the end of June, and although the bag was later rescued, it had been damaged and Metzger had to replace it with another one.

The newspapers said the spokesman would not reveal how much the bag had cost to replace.

“It’s now covered over at night so it can’t be removed,” the spokesman told the Times.


Ya know what, call a spade a spade, call a white honkey racist bastard from the south a red neck. When it’s trash it’s trash. It’s not art. I could shit on a plate, put some type of clear latex over it so that it wouldn’t stink out the place, then put it on display and call it art … except it’s not, it’s a piece of shit, much like the exhibit that got thrown away.

One Response to “It’s called Trash.”

  1. mbreuker says:

    I am guessing by the name, “Recreation Of First Public Demonstration Of Auto-Destructive Art,” that the bag was meant to be thrown away. If it were not thrown away, then the “message” that the “artist” was trying to make would not be stated by the “art.”

    This example is taken from real-life. If I put a goldfish in a blender and cut-off the cord to the blender, then it is just an interesting idea for a fish-bowl. If I plug the blender in, place it on display with a giant red button that any passer-by can press to turn the blender on, then it is a sick joke. If I do all of that, and label the piece “Exploration of the temptation of the degenerative human mind” or something like that, then it might be considered “art” by some people. But if I do all that and no one presses the button, then no statement has been made.

    No, its still not art in my opinion, but I do think the bag was meant to be thrown away or else the artists statement of auto-destructive art would not be proven.

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