Oops: This 91-year-old woman's museum mistake is totally relatable
We’ve all been there: You’re at the museum, enjoying different pieces of art, when you get too close to something because, well, you didn’t realize it was something on display. Alas, one 91-year-old woman took this a step further by filling out a crossword puzzle she saw hanging out on in a German art museum — except that the puzzle was part of a piece of art worth $116,000 on display.
Arthur Koepcke is a Danish artist who sometimes creates collage-style works, which include little snippets of crosswords. His “Reading-Work-Pieces nos. 32-32 + 124,” on loan to the Nueus Museum in Nuremberg, is no exception, and to the 91-year-old visitor, the empty grid was too much to resist. According to reports, she whipped out a ballpoint pen and went to town on the puzzle.
Listen — I once went to a museum that had a piece of art that included some bubble wrap, so I totally understand the “can’t resist” appeal. (Though I did not pop anything.) But while the museum did file criminal charges in order to invoke their insurance, they won’t be pressing charges against the woman. After all, it’s not as though she accidentally fell and ripped through a Picasso painting worth $130 million, or destroyed three priceless Qing vases after tying her shoelace, or any other amount of strange art-defacing accidents. But in a museum, when in doubt, maybe just stick to admiring the art from afar.