‘Artist’ attacks Duchamp’s famous urinal
76-year-old French man previously vandalized ‘Fountain’ in 1993
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A copy of Marcel Duchamp’s "Fountain," from the Tate Modern in London. An elderly man from Provence allegedly attacked the original Thursday in Paris.
Updated: 9:57 a.m. ET Jan. 6, 2006
PARIS – A 76-year-old performance artist was arrested after attacking Marcel Duchamp’s “Fountain” — a porcelain urinal — with a hammer, police said.
Duchamp’s 1917 piece — an ordinary white, porcelain urinal that’s been called one of the most influential works of modern art — was slightly chipped in the attack at the Pompidou Center in Paris, the museum said Thursday. It was removed from the exhibit for repair.
The suspect, a Provence resident whose identity was not released, already vandalized the work in 1993 — urinating into the piece when it was on display in Nimes, in southern France, police said.
During questioning, the man claimed his hammer attack on Wednesday was a work of performance art that might have pleased Dada artists. The early 20th-century avant-garde movement was the focus of the exhibit that ends Monday, police said.
A 2004 poll of 500 arts figures ranked “Fountain” as the most influential work of modern art — ahead of Pablo Picasso’s “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon,” Andy Warhol’s screen prints of Marilyn Monroe and “Guernica,” Picasso’s depiction of war’s devastation.
“Fountain” is estimated at $3.6 million.
My comment: this so-called “modern art” is where you piss! Well, this is why I have no interest in “modern art”. To me art is not piss. Oh, these shallow विद्याहीनास् have also coined the term “post-modern”! This is indeed the bottom of the septic tank! Modern literature is in the same cesspool by and large. For example Elfriede Jelinek, who won the Nobel Prize in literature in 2004, (based on one of her high-acclaimed novels that I tried to read – Michael – Ein Jugendbuch für die Infantilgesellschaft) has written pure trash!