Dali artwork attacked at Riga exhibition

A vandal - or an unusually harsh critic - smeared artworks with his blood at an exhibition of sculpture, ceramics, and graphic art by Spanish artists, Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso, in Riga, police representative Diana Lukina told BNS Wednesday.

She said that a 30 year old man walked into the exhibition hall on Wednesday, shattered glass and cut himself. The man reportedly behaved erratically and damaged an artwork with his blood.

The artwork damaged in the attack is a Dali sculpture. The attacker shattered several windows and splashed his blood over several works displayed at the gallery’s permanent exhibition, police said.

Igors Dobicins, president of the Latvian Artists’ Union, told BNS that the vandal initially came into the sculpture hall and shattered windows there. He then continued rampaging like a bull in a china shop, staining artworks with his blood.

The attacker, who is now facing a criminal action, has been handed over to medics.

There is of course always the chance the man was an artist himself and the whole thing was a surrealist performance.

The exhibition at the Latvian Artists' Union Gallery, which features over 200 sculptural, ceramic and graphic artworks by Dali and Picasso, is open to visitors from Aug. 4 to Sept. 27.

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