Destroying art for art’s sake

Chinese contemporary artist Ai Weiwei has had his work smashed by another artist without his permission but he has no grounds to object.
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A Swiss artist has smashed a valuable Chinese contemporary art work in homage to its creator.

Will the Chinese artist be upset? Not likely. He has form when it comes to destroying art and he got in first, smashing a Han dynasty urn worth thousands of dollars and making art out of the event.

Destruction in the service of creation is a dangerous precedent as Chinese artist Ai Weiwei must have reflected again recently when Swiss artist Manuel Salvisberg destroyed Ai’s iconic work nicknamed Coca-Cola Urn.

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