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article imagePolish art student breaks into museum to hang his own painting

Wroclaw - A Polish student who didn't want to wait decades for his work to become famous has secretly hung up one of his paintings in the country's National Museum.
Andrzej Sobiepan, a student at the Wroclaw academy of fine arts in South West Poland, said he was inspired by the elusive British graffiti artist Banksy, who did a similar thing in 2005 at several galleries in New York.
On December 10, Sobiepan put his painting up in a room with contemporary Polish art deceiving security guards who were present there. His work was in the gallery in Wroclaw for three days before it was noticed and taken down. The painting is now shifted to museum's cafe.
Sobiepan is now getting what he wanted - plenty of attention from Polish media. He told media persons he hoped galleries would give more exhibition space to young artists because of his act.
I decided that I will not wait 30 or 40 years for my works to appear at a place like this. I want to benefit from them in the here and now.
Museum director Mariusz Hermansdorfer said although he was worried about the security breaches he considered the act a witty artistic happening.
It has shown that the young generation of artists, unlike their predecessors, wants to see their works in museums.
Sobiepan's painting is small, white and green, and partly uses swine leather to show a drooping acacia leaf. The artwork will be up for auction during the Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity (WOŚP), a charity foundation which collects money for purchasing medical equipment for hospitals all over Poland.
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