RU  UK  EN
Articles  >  Enjoy  >  Rembrandt for damage

Rembrandt for damage

Author: 15.06.2014 | art, personalities
It was exactly 29 years ago, on June, 15, 1985, when a citizen of Lithuania Bruce Maygis forever made it into history of pictural art. Yet his accomplishment has a minus in front of it – he got notorious for vandalism not creativity: in Hermitage of Saint Petersburg the man threw sulfuric acid at Rembrandt’s Danae and cut it with a knife twice. Fortunately, they managed to save the canvas and today it is still exhibited in the gallery although now behind armored glass. Who, where and when spoiled masterpieces – next at OUTLOOK.

Most often vandals who defile high art call their acts political or any other kind of protest. This, by the way, was what the abovementioned Bronius Maygis declared. Among his most famous “followers” there is Uriel Landeros who in 2012 used a stencil and a spray to outrage Picassso’s painting “Woman in a Red Armchair”. A young man added a bull and a torero to the work, signing his art “Conquista”. After a while thank to joint efforts of Mexican and American police Laderos was arrested. Weird as it may sound, but as soon as he was given a chance to speak, he declared his love to Picasso.

Sadly, the Spanish master’s works “come in the way” of vandals more often than works of nearly any other painter. And while cases of “Woman in a Red Armchair” or “Guernica’s” insult in 1974 (a scrawl was left on it, too) can be called planed actions, the thing that happened to “the Dream” looks more like a malign fate. In 2006 its owner, gabling tycoon Steve Wynn, when showing the canvas to his friends, made a flounce and tore it. But that’s not all. Virtually several days before the force majeure, the unfortunate collector entered into a contract to sell the masterpiece against 139 million dollars. Ultimately, the deal was fulfilled only in March, 2013, after conclusion of restoration works. Now that we mentioned them, they didn’t affect the price negatively. Rather on the contrary – 155 million dollars were paid for “The Dream”.

While they managed to save the abovementioned Pablo’s work, his painting “Harlequin’s Head” fell off the edge of earth forever. It was destroyed as evidence together with creations of Matisse, Gauguin and Monet after a robbery of Rotterdam museum Kunstghal. When police tracked the thieves, mother of one of the suspects, Olga Dogaru, burned a suit case where her son and his accomplices kept stolen property. Unfortunately, only pigment and nails were left of great canvases. According to experts’ estimations, joint value of the paintings constituted 150-200 million dollars.







The most famous portrait of the world, Mona Lisa, also has its “scars”. In 1956 it was thrown a stone and sulfuric acid at. In 20-something years during an exhibition in Tokyo a woman who disapproved of the museum’s policy concerning disabled people, attempted at spraying paint at da Vinci’s work. After these attempts, Gioconda was placed behind a bullet-proof glass that, speaking of one, saved it in 2009 when a Russian woman who failed to obtain French citizenship, threw a ceramic cup at it. We hope that Mona Lisa will keep smiling despite everything. 

Vandalism trend of the 21st century – great canvases are spoiled by other painters. It is surprising, because they of all people should know how very mean such actions are. But no – they even try to become famous this way. Take, for instance, a Pole Wlodzimierz Umaniec who two years ago defaced Mark Rothko’s painting “Black on Maroon” by writing on it “a potential piece of yellowism”. It is a term the wrecker and his companions use to call artistic movement they created that so far interests only them, police and psychiatrists. 

However there are exceptions to “paintings-outrage” as well. Back to trend of a “painter spoils works of others” we can’t but mention Banksy. In 2013 the man of mystery bought against 50 dollars an unremarkable canvas with mountain scene to add a nazi on a bench to it. Such tuning instantly turned an ordinary painting into a lot titled “The Banality of the Banality of Evil” that was sold against 615 thousand dollars at auction. Money raised went to charity, by the way.

Photo from open sources

It will be interesting:
Step over threshold: The magical art of the huichol
Dazzling flashes of ancient knowledge manifested in colourful shimmering beads and in elaborated yarn mosaics by Huichol Indians, captivate the imagination calling for an endless journey through branches of the world tree. Spiritual images take on flesh in intricate ornaments that accompany a Mexican peasant throughout his life. Twilight land of legends always have a shelter for a weary traveller: no one is alone on the paths of spirits.
White gold of Tianxia. Chinese porcelain
The civilization of ancient China was one of the first to discover porcelain. It is established that back in II millennium BC the firing temperature of pottery found in the Yellow River was close to 1200 ° C. According to some researchers, the invention of porcelain was dictated by the desire to find a replacement for greenstone and jade.
Belgian lace: Waltz of a thousand threads
At the sight of Flemish lacework it is hard to shake the feeling that miraculous flowers, artfully braided into a wreath of a pattern, were born from loose sparks that had escaped a magic wand. On the inside of the beauty there are efforts and days of jetsam girls, stolen from life by labyrinth of openwork loops.
Rice fields: Grains of unbelievable beauty
- Do you want to try some rice? - such a question is greeted by guests in China. And if the owners are also farmers, they can invite you on an unusual excursion and show you the masterpiece of natural art. The grass which we often eat without thinking about its aesthetics, at the time of growing resembles a blanket woven from multi-colored rags ...
Yummy fingers: What awaits you behind scenes of the world best kitchens
Can you remember the most unusual dish that you had ever a chance to try? You decide what kind of food it was: something exotic; those insects that we can hardly imagine as an ingredient; strange drink with a bitter taste; an unexpected combination of bitter and sour... Everyone has his or her own unforgettable experience in this regard. Today we would like to tell our readers about unusual and prominent chefs of the world, and even without reference to their era.
Shadows in Paradise: The way modern art surprises the Lovers of the unconventional
A borderline between the shadow and the light is just as contrasting as the one between the dream and the reality. Therefore artists use both things in pursuit of balance on a painting. Landscapes, portraits and still-life… nothing ever goes without the clash of the opposites. However there are particularly crafty artisans who do not need light at all. Shadow alone is enough.
Kamasan: Village of masterpieces in Bali
Bali is one of the most popular places to spend winter. Ocean, volcanoes, amazing nature and exotic fruits... But there is also one more reason that not many people know of, yet it definitely deserves attention: Kamasan, a unique art village where namesake Balinese picture art was conceived – as ancient as the island itself. We are going to tell about it today on the pages of the OUTLOOK.
I came, I saw, I built. Masterpieces of Giovanni Lorenzo Bernini
Sometimes it happens that you look at a postcard with a picture of a city and instantly realize that this is Kyiv, or Moscow, or Rome or your native village. And it isn’t courtesy of your geography teacher but back-breaking efforts of artisans with whose hands commonly familiar architecture masterpieces were created. Today we recall Italian conqueror of marble Gian Lorenzo Bernini.
Know Ukrainians: Serge Lifar
In the childhood a famous Frenchman from Ukraine was a blue-eyed dreamer. Once all his dreams came true. Whatever he wanted, everything was easy, as if luck was following him. HBe was singing in the choir, he made his best at artistic talent - and, finally, he succeeded in ballet.
Art of Patrick Cabral: paper as a symbol of fragility of our world
Independent artist originally from the Philippines, Patrick Cabral conquers the world with his unusual artwork. His creations are an innovation that combines the age-old traditions of calligraphy and cutting-edge 3D technologies. His art is a way to change the world for the better, both through aesthetics and through the fulfillment of a social mission.
EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Peter Høeg: "There was no bottom, only eternal falling"
Peter Høeg is Danish writer and philosopher. Sometimes he is called as anchoret because he comes to society events quite rarely, only to represent his new books. The indoor life led to numerous legends that penetrate the image of Peter Høeg on his motherland. In this interview Peter Høeg told OUTLOOK how new novels are created, what hides behind the evident asceticism, and shared his view of life and person.
Packed and Ready: Oleg Borschevskiy
Oleg Borschevskiy is a famous film director, screenwriter and music video director. Among his works, there are music videos for such stars as Potap and Nastia, music bands NeAngely, Boombox, NIKITA, singers Maria Burmaka, Tonia Matvienko and many others. In a nice conversation, he recalled the most interesting places on the world map, which he visited and shared his personal disappointments.
Pablo Picasso: Poet for his era
About Picasso as a distinctive artist, graphic artist and sculptor, we know to some extent everything. Meanwhile, his other incarnations are pushed into the background. Ilya Ehrenburgh once very concisely described Pablo Picasso’s relations with his era: “20th century found in him its own dynamite expert, its own philosopher and its own poet”.
Superflat: Concept of contemporary Japanese art
Anime admirers would never pass by contemporary Japanese art. Especially if this trend is directly related to manga comics. Artist Takashi Murakami was the first to think about how to dub an art that catches inspiration in every new anime, but speaks of eternal values, interlacing with the ethnic canvases of Western artists.
Glass Handmade
Exclusive glass vases and Christmas tree decorations that only exist in one or two samples, aside from high price, most often also have in common unique production technology that is mastered by representatives of a rare profession – glass-blower. The history of the craft has lasted for a couple of millennia with some old secrets of handmade production still kept under seal.
Murals: New Approach to Olden Art
Modern cities cannot be imagined without murals – large-scale in size works of picture art that decorate buildings. Not only we have gathered most outstanding works in our collection but also tried to learn as many interesting things as possible about this art movement.
Hayley King and her pictures: New Zealand on the border of beauty-new
The artist from New Zealand Hayley King working under the brand FLOX is well-known all over the world for the fascinating pictures showing the enlightened beauty of wild nature. Her colorful birds, picturesque landscapes, and fairy-tale-like animals remind us about the necessity to get united with the primordial nature. Hayley King creates the type of art giving inspiration and vitality. She is concentrated onto recognition of ancient heritage of the sacral places and making it spread among the wide publics. In the interview the artist told us about her social projects, travels and the modern cultural trends inherent to New Zealand.
Art of topiary
When I, as a little girl, for the first time passed my hand over trimmed bush, my palm got scratched with sharp edges of twigs and lasting arborvitae fragrance hit my nose. Mesmerized, I was not able to take my eyes away from the cones, balls and squares that surrounded me in the park of a small resort town. I felt like being inside a fairy tale, where behind the leaves I could notice a smile of the Cheshire Cat.
Know Ukrainians: Continuous music of Lubomyr Melnyk
The music as long as the eternity or, in other words, Continuous music is the genre which causes loud arguments in professional circles. Lubomyr Melnyk, Canadian composer of Ukrainian origination sees in his ‘child’ Continuous music continuation of classic traditions. Which rules his scripts follow will OUTLOOK tell in the following material of the rubrics ‘Look at us!’
Azulejo: Story of tiles
You often got convinced that skilful hands of a master who puts life into his creation, can transform humble tree stump into a charming violin, piece of plaster becomes an ancient sculpture, and even clay tile looks like a work of fine art.
Close
Outlook facebook page