Woman who filled in crossword artwork 'completed it as the artist intended'
An elderly woman who filled in spaces on an artwork depicting part of a crossword at a German museum contends that she was completing the piece, not damaging it, her lawyer has said.
Officials at Nuremberg's Neues Museum filed a criminal complaint after the 90-year-old, who has not been identified, filled in blank spaces with a ballpoint pen last month on avant-garde artist Arthur Koepcke's 1965 work, Reading-work-piece.
She apparently took literally the phrase Insert Words at the edge of the picture.
Lawyer Heinz-Harro Salloch said the woman argued she had not damaged the piece "but only completed it as the artist intended", news agency dpa reported.
She told police that the picture even gained in value, he added.
The museum has since removed her additions.