By now, the sound has resonated in the art world after last Sunday's incident at the Perez Art Museum Miami. Local artist
To say the piece shattered into a million pieces isn't any more of a reach than the
"We still are working to confirm the value of the piece," said
So what happens when the worst happens?
"What is happening with this piece changes day to day," Standish said Friday. But what happens at museums like PAMM for any art object that meets a protestor or a clumsy patron or an unattended kid is similar. A lot of hustle, care and investigation. Think CSI: Art Smash.
"The gloves, the works, we gently put it away," Standish said of the first step.
"In general, these situations and objects are reviewed by the insurers who work with conservators to see if the object can be repaired. This [Ai Weiwei] is not a piece that can be repaired," she said.
Though rare, "pieces do get broken in museums. It is an unfortunate reality, I'm afraid, and each case is handled differently," Standish said. "Museums very much want for art to be accessible, you don't want everything in a vitrine. There's a difference between looking at a work of art behind a vitrine and being able to see it out in the open."
In the case of the Ai Weiwei vase, which was among 16 vases on an open-air platform, Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief and released on bond. This was the first incidence of damage at the
Once a figure is reached, "the object, in this case, whatever shape it is in, will go to the artist to destroy or whatever he wants to do to it," Standish said.
Registrars and exhibition preparers are the art handlers, pre- and post-crash, said a representative for the
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