A museum in Denmark gave an artist over $80,000 to create a piece of art for an exhibition about work and money.The Kunsten Museum of Modern Art was surprised when Jens Haaning sent two empty canvases. He said it was art. He called the work “Take the Money and Run.”
1. N-COUNT 油画 A canvas is a painting that has been done on canvas.
例：The show includes canvases by masters like Carpaccio, Canaletto and Guardi. 画展上有卡尔帕乔、卡纳莱托和瓜尔迪等大师们的油画作品。
The museum paid Haaning about $3,900 to make the art. It was supposed to be created from thousands of dollars of bank notes attached to the canvases. The museum also gave him the bank notes. The work was supposed to be similar to his past works that used the bank notes to show the average yearly wage in Denmark and Austria.
英英释义：a piece of paper money (especially one issued by a central bank)
The Slovene bank has printed a specimen bank note
记忆技巧：speci 外观；种类 + men 表实物名词 → 作为某一种类的样品 → 标本
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1. N-COUNT 样品;样本
A specimen of something is an example of it which gives an idea of what the whole of it is like.
例句：Job applicants have to submit a specimen of handwriting.
Haaning told a Danish radio broadcaster: “The artwork is that I have taken the money.” He did not say where it was, or if he planned to give it back. Haaning is known to create art that makes people think.
He said the art, or lack of art, depending on how you view it, shows his current work status. “I encourage others, who have just as miserable working conditions as I, to do the same,” Haaning said. “If they are being asked to give money to go to work, then take the money and run.”
The Kunsten Museum says the artist broke an agreement that he would make a piece of art. However, it has not reported Haaning to the police. The exhibition closes in January. If he returns the money at that point, it may not. Haaning says he did not commit a crime, and what he gave the museum is art.