Fine for woman who kissed artwork

16th November 2007, Comments 0 comments

16 November 2007 AVIGNON - A French judge fined a Cambodian-born woman 1,500 euros (2,200 dollars) Friday for leaving a lipstick kiss mark on a pure white canvas by US artist Cy Twombly.

16 November 2007
 
AVIGNON - A French judge fined a Cambodian-born woman 1,500 euros (2,200 dollars) Friday for leaving a lipstick kiss mark on a pure white canvas by US artist Cy Twombly.

The judge also told Rindy Sam, 30, to pay a symbolic one euro in damages to the 79 year-old artist, in accordance with his wishes expressed to the court.

Rindy Sam, an artist herself, was arrested in July after she planted the kiss on a panel of Twombly's tryptich Phaedrus, in the Museum of Contemporary Art in the southern French town of Avignon.

The painting, three metres by two (roughly nine feet by six), is valued at two million euros (2.8 million dollars).

At her trial in October, Rindy Sam said she acted out of devotion.

"I just gave it a kiss. It was an act of love, when I kissed it, I wasn't thinking. I thought the artist would understand," she said.

But Agnes Tricoire, lawyer for the plaintiffs, said the kiss was "as aggressive as a punch," causing damage that was just as hard to restore.

"I do not share the same vision of love. For me love requires the consent of both sides," she said.

AFP

Subject: French news

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