Attacking Art: Piss Christ Vandalized In France
On Palm Sunday morning, four people in sunglasses aged between 18 and 25 entered the exhibition just after it opened at 11am. One took a hammer out of his sock and threatened the guards with it. A guard grabbed another man around the waist but within seconds the group managed to take a hammer to the plexiglass screen and slash the photograph with another sharp object, thought to be a screwdriver or ice-pick. They also smashed another work, which showed the hands of a meditating nun.
The intersection of art and religion either leads to amazing works like the Pietà or a clash of ideas like this attack or the destruction of Buddhist statues in Afghanistan. I can only hope that we, as a species, can evolve to a point where all points of view are allowed, debated, discussed, and considered--but never summarily dismissed or diminished because they don't fit into one's particular worldview.
Until then, go enjoy some disruptive and disturbing art.