Friday, January 06, 2006

Marcel Duchamp's Urinal Attacked

BBC - A 77-year-old Frenchman has spent a night in custody in Paris after attacking a plain porcelain urinal considered to be a major artwork. The urinal, made in 1917 by the French-US artist Marcel Duchamp, was slightly chipped when the man hit it with a hammer on Wednesday.

Called Fountain, the piece was attacked at the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Police said the man had urinated on the same piece at an exhibition in Nimes, southern France, in 1993. The work, on display as part of a wider Dada exhibition, is believed to be worth some 3m euros (£2m). Police said the man claimed the hammer attack was a work of performance art that Marcel Duchamp himself would have appreciated.


At 1:28 PM, Anonymous Sam said...

where the hell do you find these stories? lol, do i want to know what you do in your free time?

You and I should do lunch again soon - eh?
Hope you're doing well my lovely american, can't wait to catch up!

At 10:39 PM, Blogger sarjé said...

Ah well. It's not R. MUTT's best work anyway. :P


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