“An episode of mad­ness”

The Week - - Art Arts -

A paint­ing by Adolf Hitler on dis­play in north­ern Italy “has been at­tacked by a man wield­ing a screw­driver”, says Tom King­ton in The Times. A man burst into an ex­hi­bi­tion about mad­ness at the Museo di Salò, on the banks of Lake Garda, last week, shout­ing: “Where is that shit Hitler?” He then lunged at the oil paint­ing with a screw­driver, but failed to do much dam­age, be­cause it was cov­ered with a pro­tec­tive film. The man was sub­se­quently re­strained, and fled. Hitler’s paint­ing (pic­tured), loaned by a pri­vate Ger­man col­lec­tor, fea­tures two men in a long, dark cor­ri­dor. Vit­to­rio Sgarbi, an Ital­ian art critic who cu­rated the ex­hi­bi­tion, de­scribed it as “a piece of crap”, adding: “It is the work of a des­per­ate man.” The pres­i­dent of the mu­seum, Gior­dano Bruno Guerri, said he would not press charges if the at­tacker was ar­rested. “An ex­hi­bi­tion about mad­ness would not have been com­plete with­out an episode of mad­ness,” he said.

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