Catherine Hickley of the Art Newspaper writes that a work by Japanese artist Koki Tanaka, Provisional Studies: Workshop #7 How to Live Together and Sharing the Unknown, included in Skulptur Projekte Münster 2017, was damaged by thieves when they broke into a local university building to steal tech equipment that was a part of the piece. This year’s exhibition, held every ten years, has been plagued by a number of incidents: A figure from Nicole Eisenman’s Sketch for a Fountain sculpture was beheaded, and parts of Ei Arakawa’s Harsh Citation, Harsh Pastoral, Harsh Münster, situated in a meadow in front of Haus Kump, were vandalized and stolen.
“We have to assume that art in a public space is at risk,” a spokeswoman from Skulptur Projekte Münster said. “We don’t have a night guard because that would go against the concept. We have to live with it. Similar things happened in the last Skulptur Projektes.”
Exhibition administrators are doing what they can to restore Tanaka’s piece quickly. The incident is being investigated as a typical burglary.