An employee from an Italian cleaning company just cost her employers $13,722 after throwing away two valuable pieces of contemporary art.
The unnamed woman who works at Chiarissima was cleaning an art gallery earlier this February when she thought two Sala Murat’s artworks for trash. The woman thought the artworks, which were made of cardboard, cookie pieces and newspaper, were simply pieces of trash, which the gallery staff had left behind after preparing the gallery for the Mediating Landscape exhibition. Unfortunately, the woman threw away the artworks before anyone could stop her. The staff realized they were missing in the morning, but it was too late to restore them. According to the cleaning firm, the woman was just doing her job. Thus, her actions and her ignorance towards the form of art were completely justified.
And while the firm is obliged to pay the cost of the artworks, they believe it was the artist’s fault for not interpreting better the meaning of the term “contemporary art”.