A Norwegian “artist” who’s best known for spray-painting from his butt, throwing feces at audiences, and peeing on stage, has received an exceptional amount of money from Norway’s public coffers.
Vegard Vinge, alongside his co-host Ida Muller, are said to have received NOK 37 million or 3.7 million euro from the Norwegian Cultural Council – a taxpayer-funded institution – over a span of twelve years, Norwegian online newspaper Nettavisen reports.
The money, which equates to about 300,000 euros per year, is said to have been used to cover wages, production costs, and several other things.
Norway’s Cultural Council has justified the use of funds on the ‘global impact of the foundation’s artists’. Others in the Norwegian government couldn’t disagree more vehemently, however, with some describing the allocation of funds as “cultural psychosis” and as “madness”.
Jon Helgheim, a member of parliament for the right-wing Progress Party has promised to do everything in his power to make sure the government grant is not given to Vinge and his co-host Muller.