91-year-old woman filled in crossword puzzle and got into a heap of trouble for it – IOTW Report

91-year-old woman filled in crossword puzzle and got into a heap of trouble for it

TelegraphUK: 91-year-old woman has been questioned by police in Germany — after she filled in the blanks in a piece of modern art based on a crossword puzzle.

The pensioner, who has not been named under German privacy law, was questioned under caution after she filled in the work valued at €80,000 (£67,000) with a biro.

“Reading-work-piece”, a 1977 work by Arthur Köpcke of the Fluxus movement, essentially looks like an empty crossword puzzle.

Next to the work is a sign which reads: “Insert words”.

The hapless pensioner explained to police that she was simply following the instructions.  MORE

h/t Leonard.

21 Comments on 91-year-old woman filled in crossword puzzle and got into a heap of trouble for it

  1. Serves the artist right.
    FTA…similar “mishaps”…

    – “In June 2016, a boisterous child destroyed a £10,000 Lego statue within hours of it going on display, despite the prominent “no touching” sign.
    – In 2015, cleaners at Museion museum in Italy cleaned up what they thought was a mess of cigarette butts and empty bottles that turned out to be one of its exhibits.
    – In 2012, a 19th century Spanish fresco at the Santuario de Misericodia church in north eastern Spain(pictured) was ruined after a good Samaritan attempted a DIY restoration of the artwork.
    – In 2006, a visitor to Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge tripped over his shoelaces and destroyed three 300-year-old Chinese Qing Dynasty vases”

  2. @ Norman

    I can’t stop giggling about the Chinese Dynasty vases. That is a great visual and I love most slapstick comedy.

  3. Our cleaning lady at Hyde Park knocked over a small cremation urn containing Eleanor’s cousin’s stillborn child. She swept them up and threw them away in the trash.

    Stimson and I smoked a box of cigars and replaced the ashes, but they weren’t even a close resemblance. 👿

  4. File Under: Words matter or old habits are hard to break. She was just following orders.
    The sign said: INSERT WORDS.

  5. I heard Rush say once, “Words mean something”. It appears not everyone agrees. To much irony here for me…………………….

  6. “Der sign said, ‘insert worden’! Ve are Germans! Ve follow orders!” [click heels] [salute]

    “Nein, Oma. Please don’t salute like that any more.”

  7. RE Einstein: And don’t forget the kid that left his glasses on the floor and within minutes had to art crowd admiring them and taking photographs.

  8. And we had the little old lady who turned Jesus into a monkey. I think we need to ban old ladies from museums until we can figure out what’s going on.

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