Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Art Under Attack

Today, Tate Britain in London opened Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, the first exhibition to explore the history of physical attacks on art in Britain, from the 16th century to the present day. "Iconoclasm describes the deliberate breaking of images" (CLICK). Survivors of the religious vandalism of the Reformation are featured in the exhibition together with modern works that have caught the baleful eye, such as Allen Jones's Chair (1969), which was attacked by a feminist. I wonder why. Five centuries of attacks on art are explored, but admission prices are OTT: adults £13.10, silver surfers £11.30. And no graffiti!


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