Tino Sehgal's Troubles with Copyright
Two figures embracing on the gallery floor—what legal rights does an artist have to a piece that has no permanent, physical form?
In June 2008, the Museum of Modern Art in New York purchased Tino Sehgal’s Kiss (2003) for a five-figure amount. No papers were signed, no artwork was delivered; instead, a purchase contract was orally concluded in the presence of a notary. What museum visitors will see when MoMA exhibits the Kiss…