While an investigation is underway to determine the exact motivations of the young woman of 28 years who vandalized Thursday, February 7, the table of Eug??ne Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People, the Louvre-Lens by writing in black marker the enigmatic words “AE911″, it is interesting to return to the main precedents exist for degradation of works of art.
On 7 October 2012, the Polish Wlodzimierz Umaniec, 26, also known as artist name Vladimir Umanets, chose to apply the formula “A potential piece of yellowism” (“PIECE potential of yellowisme”), followed of its name, on the American painter Mark Rothko, Black on Maroon, a work of the original series con? ue for the Seagram Building in New York and exhibited at the Tate Modern in London. For this act of vandalism, he was convicted, Thursday, December 13 in London, to two years in prison.
Another case which hit the headlines artistic and judiciary: the kiss deposited by a Cambodian artist original Rindy Sam, a panel presentation at the Cy Twombly Foundation Lambert in Avignon in July 2007.
In this case, the discussions were quite virulent between supporters of the artistic dimension of this act, as Levieux Patrick, who introduced himself as “artistic advisor” to Rindy Sam and those who saw it only “act pure and simple vandalism “as Eric M??zil, director of the Collection Lambert in Avignon.
As she said herself at the material time, Rindy Sam was “captivated” by entering the room where there was a Cy Twombly triptych devoted to Plato’s Phaedrus around Symposium (The Banquet), it s’ then approached a pristine canvas, and exposed with outstretched arms. Then, according to his version of events in La Provence. “I dropped a kiss A red mark remained on the canvas I’m remote and I found that the painting was even more beautiful … You know. in this room dedicated to the Greek gods, it was as if I was rocked, driven by the gods … This red stain on the white foam is testimony to this moment, the power of art. ”
Still remains to be seen, in the case of Delacroix in the Louvre-Lens, if the author will try to give the facts or not an artistic dimension to his actions.