Friday 6 January 2006

Marcel Duchamp's Urinal Hammered

Breaking news! A 77-year-old Frenchman attacked a replica (1919) of Marcel Duchamp's signed urinal named The Fountain (1917) at the Pompidou Center in Paris, with a hammer. He claimed the attack was "performance art"! Arrested, he spent the night in a police cell. The newly chipped replica is still worth an estimated £2 million. The attacker previously urinated on this urinal in 1993. A man with a grudge or a weak bladder or both. Yet he makes more sense than any idiot who is prepared to fork out £2 million on a urinal. It's a nice urinal, but even so...

Note: in December 2004 a poll of 500 art experts established Duchamp's Fountain as the most influential modern art work of all time! Duchamp clearly expressed his contempt for the art establishment by submitting this signed urinal, lavatory humour at its best. Eighty years on and the art establishment still hasn't spotted the joke or the contempt. Thick as two short planks!


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