Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Piss Christ Attacked

Here's another Easter art story. On Sunday three religious fruitcakes entered the Collection Lambert in Avignon, southern France, and, while two of them grappled with staff, the third attacked Andres Serrano's Immersion (Piss Christ) with a hammer, smashing in Christ's head. Serrano's photo has been a bone of contention since it was first shown in the USA in 1989. He bathed a crucifix in urine and blood to take his photo. What strikes me is that both sides are insane. Firstly, this photo isn't a work of art; it's merely an insulting gesture. So why show it? Secondly, how can anyone who claims to be a follower of Christ attack an image of him, no matter how offensive he thinks it is? The exhibition I Believe in Miracles, celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Collection Lambert, continues until 8 May (CLICK).


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