Podríamos afirmar que existe una moda por atacar y pintarrajear pinturas?
Este artículo en The Gaurdian expone los recientes casos de pintadas al retrato de Isabel II, a un mural de Mark Rothko y a La libertad guiando al pueblo para especular sobre algunos posibles motivos al respecto. Lástima que no lo desarrolle en más profundidad.
Gracias Elena Vozmediano por el pase!
Is there a sudden fashion for attacking works of art? The recent paint assault on a portrait of the Queen in Westminster Abbey was the latest in a stream of acts of art vandalism.
Last October at Tate Modern a man scribbled on Mark Rothko’s Black on Maroon. He claimed his destructive act was a creative gesture, but this cut no ice with a judge, who sentenced him to two years in prison. This February, a woman defaced one of the icons of French art, Liberty Leading the People by Delacroix, at the new outpost of the Louvre in Lens.
That is three highly publicised art attacks in less than a year. It looks as if a shared spirit is gripping the assailants. In all three cases over just a few months, each attacker thought she or he was making some kind of public statement. This is in contrast with previous art vandals who have attacked works such as Poussin’s The Adoration of the Golden Calf or Rembrandt’s Danae for more baffling reasons. The latest art attackers are saying something, or think they are. Vladimir Umanets damaged the Rothko in the name of an art movement called “yellowism”. The art assailant who picked on the Delacroix wrote “AE911” on it with a marker pen – referring to a website that deals in 9/11 conspiracy theories. The suspected royal-art defacer also has a cause – reportedly wanting to draw attention to his having lost contact with his children.
Museums hate articles such as this one, for a good reason: they fear that publicising art vandalism invites more. And it is plausible that a real lust to attack art is gripping people who have noticed the sheer publicity it can bring to what might otherwise be lost causes.
This is an age of protest. If you have a cause you can share with lots of other people, you take to the streets. But what if your cause is too strange or overlooked for mass protest? Attacking an authority figure is one way to get it in the headlines, and as authority figures go, paintings are vulnerable. A portrait of the Queen has a lot less security around it than the woman herself. A museum is a tranquil place where a moment of destruction can catch guards unaware. The results can be gratifying, if you are desperate to get your voice heard.