Danh Vo is has announced he will appeal a court ruling made on 24 June 2015, that orders the Danish-Vietnamese artist to produce a “large and impressive” installation for the Dutch collector and entrepreneur Bert Kreuk by the end of 2015.
The Rotterdam court maintained Kreuk’s claim, who stated that Vo had agreed, in June 2013, to create one or several new artworks for his exhibition “Transforming the Known” at the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, before selling it to the collector. However, before the opening of the exhibition, in June 2013, the artist sent over an already existing piece entitled Fiat Veritas, consisting of a cardboard box and featuring gold leaf. Bert Kreuk thus accused Dahn Vo of violating their contract, which involved the creation of a new artwork.
According to the Rotterdam court, the collector will have to pay up to $350,000 for the production of a new work, which in turn will have to be completed a year from now and delivered to Galerie Bortolozzi on 8 July 2016 at the latest. The judge said: “Although [Vo] has artistic freedom, he will have to talk to Kreuk about the design of the work,” adding that the piece should be “large and impressive.” If the artist does not respect the deal, he will have to pay €10,000 a day with a cap of €350,000. The court did not order Vo to pay any damages to Kreuk.