Goldschmied & Chiari Where Are We Going to Dance Tonight? (2015) / janitors

In October 2015, this party-themed installation piece was accidentally destroyed while on view at the Museion Museum for Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolanzo, Italy. Inspired by the hedonism of ‘80s Italy, the work included a haphazard arrangement of 300 champagne bottles, confetti and cigarette butts.

Following an event in the museum’s nearby foyer, and not realizing the installation was in fact an artwork, janitors dutifully swept up the strewn materials. Fortunately, the staff had conscientiously sorted the artwork into glass and paper for recycling, and the museum was able to salvage and reinstall the work.

Christopher Schreck