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Here's Video of the Ai Weiwei Vase Smashing

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You've heard about it nonstop for the past 30 hours. Now you can actually see it.

Someone somehow captured video of the exact moment local artist Maximo Caminero picked up an Ai Weiwei vase at Pérez Art Museum Miami and smashed it in an ill-thought-out protest. He's incredibly nonchalant about the whole thing, too.

Caminero picks up the vase, drops it, and then casually put his hands in his pockets.

The video cuts off before security confronts him.

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38 comments
Anastasia Biltmore
Anastasia Biltmore

Gil, you are WRONG. Those vases are actually from the Han dynasty and Wei Wei has painted them. The base vases are about 7K years old. Clearly, to those uninitiated in collecting high end art, a million seems insane for a vase. Not so. These vases were valuable before Wei Wei painted them and even more so afterwards. In high-end collecting, a million is nothing that a major collector or institution even bats an eye at. There is nothing hilarious about a vandal embarrassing the entire Miami art scene and making us look like a bunch of philistines. There is nothing to applaud when an angry nut destroys a piece of art because he disagrees with a museum's policy. It could have been ANY piece of art in the museum and that is the real issue here. If you were a collector, would you feel comfortable loaning one of your pieces to the PAMM after this?

Ernie Torres
Ernie Torres

Am I the only one who thinks that this is absolutely hilarious? This guy just comes out of no where & smashes a vase. He's sticking it to the man! Yea! Lol

Doug Waters
Doug Waters

1 million for something a grade schooler could have glazed?

Wesley Johnson
Wesley Johnson

I'm loving the logic of protesting a museum in Miami for only displaying international art when even local art would be considered international. Such bollocks.

Ru Ru H
Ru Ru H

That "art" sucks anyway. Museum would look better empty.

arie
arie

If you people actually listened to the reporters in the YouTube video, you can hear them clearly state that Ai WeiWei /modified/ these /antique/ vases, they are centuries old, and this Ai Weiwei painted them with house paint and put them on exhibit.

Now while I think that repainting them was a shitty thing to do anyway and act as if they were some grand display when someone had put something as ridiculous as HOUSE PAINT on them, that still doesn't completely denote their value.

Perhaps listen to what is being said about what you are being shown, you all sound like idiots.

Gil Lopez
Gil Lopez

Claudia, it's a piece of contemporary modern art. Not 7,000 years old. Way to come off as a Dumbass.

Shawn Bob-omb
Shawn Bob-omb

Was someone pulling on the arm of the person recording or was the audacity of this mans act too much for them to hold the camera straight for 10 seconds?

jhstruggle
jhstruggle

That vase does not look 2000 years old.Looks like it was made last year with all that bright dark green color..I say that vase is about a year old an the real vase is not even there

Grant Cohen
Grant Cohen

Real Story here: the fact that a vase exists that we've decided is worth 1 million dollars....

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

No big deal.  Gather up the chunks of broken vase, pour some paint over them, and put them on display.  Done.  One man's trash is another man's art.

Claudia Nunes Koo
Claudia Nunes Koo

It's worth 1million dollars because it is 7,000 years old. Do your research before commenting

Gil Lopez
Gil Lopez

Million Dollar Vase? Should have broken all of them, fuck anyone who thinks a vase is worth a million dollars.

Keunho Ken Kim
Keunho Ken Kim

Thinking that vase is worth a million bucks is the real crime

Dexter Riley
Dexter Riley

I hope someone defaces all of his art, but then again, I've seen his work and you wouldn't even be able to tell.

Anthony Labarr
Anthony Labarr

I support local artists but somebody should've drop kicked his ass right after. Superfly Snuka style!!!

Juan R. Pollo
Juan R. Pollo

Seems like they have quite a few attendants to stop people from taking pictures, but not from destroying pieces.

j.pollo
j.pollo

And nobody thought of putting stanchions around it, or at least an attendant there to prevent people from handling the piece? I think somebody's head is going to roll.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

@arie So what exactly were the vases used for?  Giant chopstick holders? Urns?  Spit buckets?

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

Old ass shit tends to be expensive.  Question is, was this really a 2,000 year old vase?  You can never be too sure with the Chinese as they'll counterfeit just about anything.

arie
arie

@HarryTheHandyman  Really? It's ignorant comments like this that let people get away with these actions.

Sure, you can probably mostly patch it back together, but that kind of damage can never be undone. This is even worse than when the Pietà was savaged back in the 70's, because that guy was more than likely clinically insane. This guy just didn't give a shit, and I find the fact that he can still call himself an artist after this both astonishing and disgusting.

HarryTheHandyman
HarryTheHandyman topcommenter

More like 2,000 years old


"Do your research before commenting"

arie
arie

Find something else to do with your time than spew ignorant bullshit.

arie
arie

Do you understand how old the vase is, or are you just that desperate to show your ignorance?

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