Christian protesters destroy Serrano’s “Piss Christ” at French gallery
Serrano's "Piss Christ"
There have been weeks of protest at a gallery in France showing Andres Serrano’s famous – and infamous – work, Piss Christ. The artwork has now been “attacked” (say AFP) or “destroyed” (Guardian, below).
The controversial work Piss Christ by the New York photographer Andres Serrano has been destroyed at a gallery in France after weeks of protests.
The photograph, which shows a small crucifix submerged in a glass of the artist’s urine, outraged the US religious right in 1987, when it was first shown, with Serrano denounced in the Senate by the Republican Jesse Helms. It was later vandalised in Australia, and neo-Nazis ransacked a show by the artist in Sweden in 2007.
The work has previously been shown without incident in France, but for the past two weeks Catholic groups have campaigned against it, culminating in hundreds of people marching through Avignon on Saturday in protest.
Just after 11am on Sunday, four people in sunglasses entered the gallery where the exhibition was being held. One took a hammer from his sock and threatened security staff. A guard restrained one man but the remaining members of the group managed to smash an acrylic screen and slash the photograph with what police believe was a screwdriver or ice pick. They then destroyed another photograph, of nuns’ hands in prayer.
The gallery and the artist had been reporting escalating levels of harassment and abuse prior to the attack, which a French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand has condemned. The gallery says it will continue to show both works in their damaged state for all the world to see!
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