Vandaliser of urinal art earns EUR 214,000 fine

24th January 2006, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 24, 2006 (AFP) - An elderly man who said his attack on the art world's most famous urinal was itself a work of art was ordered to pay EUR 214,000 euros to Paris's Pompidou Centre Tuesday and given a three-month suspended prison term.

PARIS, Jan 24, 2006 (AFP) - An elderly man who said his attack on the art world's most famous urinal was itself a work of art was ordered to pay EUR 214,000 euros to Paris's Pompidou Centre Tuesday and given a three-month suspended prison term.

Pierre Pinoncelli, 77, vandalised 'Fountain' by French-US artist Marcel Duchamp with a small hammer on January 4, chipping the surface of the ceramic sculpture which was part of an exhibition on the early 20th-century Dada movement.

Pinoncelli, who also scrawled the word 'Dada', claimed to be acting in the spirit of Dadaism which was a precursor of Surrealism. In 1993 he attacked the same work of art at an exhibition in southern France.

"I am not the cheap vandal that some would have me to be. A vandal does not sign his work. It was a wink to Dadaism. I wanted to pay homage to the spirit of Dadaism... which is disrespect," he said in court.

But the judge told him, "The sooner you understand that what belongs to someone else does not belong to you, the better things will be for you and for society."

Eight versions of Duchamp's urinal exist, and the Pompidou Centre's example is valued at EUR 2.8 million.

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Subject: French news

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