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Made To Be Destroyed

In the exhibtion FADE IN: INT. ART GALLERY – DAY that explores the role that art plays in narrative film and television, we can find Made To Be Destroyed, 2016 by Christian Marclay.

With this work, Marclay edits together a multitude of film clips in which artworks are destroyed. The minutia of the preliminary research and ensuing editing highlights a series of narrative and cultural patterns whereby art is the victim of violence. Whether sprayed (Batman, 1989), burnt (Equilibrium, 2002) or smashed (Le sang d’un poète, 1932 The Naked Gun, 1988), artworks are destroyed in moments that express rage against the self and others, the pain of loss, rebellion against a state or political power, or simply the perfect foil for a slapstick mishap.


Christian Marclay, became internationally known in the 1980s for his reassembled readymades created from fragmented vinyl records, in his series of work Recycled Records. If you want to read more from him, you can go to this Journal of Contemporary Art.

Thanks to Elena Vozmediano for the info.


Art Killers

Art Killers, una película de Àlam Raja. Fuente: Art Killers

Synopsis: Van Gogh worth $43 million dollars is sliced with a knife by a woman in broad daylight. A senior museum-goer approaches a Rembrandt worth an estimated $169 million and sprays it with sulphuric acid. Are the people who commit these acts simply insane or are there deeper motivations to their actions?

ART KILLERS digs into the covert world of contemporary iconoclasm to reveal a largely unknown kind of criminals: apparently harmless men and women who sneak in museums and pull out a knife, a syringe of sulphuric acid or even a tube of lipstick to destroy a piece of art.

What motivates art destruction in today’s society? Vandals, activists, artists in their own way… Who are these criminals? How is the legal system treating them? And how are their disturbing actions affecting the art world?

Museums all apply a code of silence when it comes to art destruction. While they pretend this is the best way to avoid offering attention-seeking vandals fame and media attention, we will discover that this is also a way to avoid criticism on their all-but-neutral politics. Museums, curators, art collectors and auction houses have altogether engineered an industry of gigantic proportions, transforming the art into a powerful global currency.

Beyond exploring the motives and modus operandi of modern art destruction, ART KILLERS offers a critical look at the monetization of art and a powerful analysis of the mechanisms of this multibillion-dollar trade.

Through the staggering testimonies of artists, curators, auctioneers and art killers themselves, this documentary takes us behind the scenes to unveil a shocking fact: the actual art killers may not be the ones holding the smoking gun.


Gracias a Ingrid Guardiola por el pase.

Escena de “Lovers and Lollipops” (1956), de Morris Engel y Ruth Orkin

– No puedes entrar con el barco en el museo.
– A lo mejor sí que puedo.
– Mejor juegas con él cuando vayamos al Central Park. Aquí no tienen ningún lago.
– Pues deberían tenerlos.