Ai said Wednesday that he did not agree with Caminero's tactic.
"Damaging other people's property or disturbing a public program doesn't really support his cause," Ai said in an interview in
The urn, dating back about 2,000 years to
On a wall behind the vases are a series of large photographs of Ai dropping a Han Dynasty ceramic urn that smashed on the floor at his feet, one of his best-known works.
Against this backdrop, Caminero picked up one of the vases from the floor and, when told to put it down, smashed it on the floor, according to a police affidavit citing a security guard. Caminero told officers he broke the vase to protest the museum's lack of local works, according to the affidavit.
The Miami New Times quoted Caminero as saying it was a spontaneous protest after seeing the photos of Ai breaking the ancient Chinese vase. "I saw it as a provocation by
Ai said the artist's apparent inspiration was "misleading."
"You cannot stand in front of a classical painting and kill somebody and say that you are inspired by" the artist, Ai said, adding that "this doesn't make any sense."
Caminero apologized Tuesday to
Ai said he thought the value of
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