Saturday, May 05, 2012

Its enough to make you Scream

The £74m spent on Edvard Munch's the Scream could have helped 1.3m people in the East African famine. But it didn't, it was spent on a painting, and everybody clapped. I've yet to see anything in the news coverage or comment that's questioned  a value system which thinks this is ok. I don't think God is clapping.

Eventually, moth and rust will destroy this picture, and one can only hope this becomes a moment we look back on with shame.


  1. And there are four others 90-95% just like it, by the same artist.

  2. Sounds like you're overreacting to me. Yes it's silly to put such a price tag on a bit of canvas, but the moment you start putting a value on art there is a chance the value will escalate wildly.

    At the end of the day this is just an investment, like buying £74M worth of gold. If your story is really "rich people don't give all of their money to the poor", I don't think it's really much of a story after all.