In 1988, Istvan Kantor (working under the guise of “Monty Cantsin”) performed his “MoMA Gift” in the museum’s second floor, producing vials of blood from his bookbag, spraying them in a giant “X” between two installed Picasso works, and proceeding to incant a militant text in which he donated the blood to the MoMA’s collection. He performed the same act at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) in 1991 and the Whitney Museum in 2014. In all cases, no other artworks were damaged. 

In 1988, Istvan Kantor (working under the guise of “Monty Cantsin”) performed his “MoMA Gift” in the museum’s second floor, producing vials of blood from his bookbag, spraying them in a giant “X” between two installed Picasso works, and proceeding to incant a militant text in which he donated the blood to the MoMA’s collection. He performed the same act at the National Gallery of Canada (Ottawa) in 1991 and the Whitney Museum in 2014. In all cases, no other artworks were damaged. 

Christopher Schreck