Women damage two artworks including a Salvador Dali painting while trying to take selfies inside gallery
Goya’s work had its frame and glass broken while Dali’s artwork suffered damage to the picture itself, the gallery said
Four women are suffering the consequences of a picture-gone-wrong moment as they accidentally damaged two artworks during an art exhibition at International Arts Center Main Avenue in Yekaterinburg, Russia, reported TASS.
The incident took place on October 27 when a group of four women was visiting the exhibition in Russia. The women wanted to click a photo alongside Francisco Goya’s etching from the Los Caprichos series and Salvador Dali’s interpretation of it when the art display suddenly fell, People reported.
An employee from the culture center said, "A group of girls — there were four of them — behaved inadequately. As a result, they damaged two works of art, which were on display in a tandem: pictures by Francisco Goya and Salvador Dali. Goya’s work had its frame and glass broken. As far as Dali’s artwork is concerned, apart from shattered frame and protective glass, it also suffered damage to the picture itself," reported TASS.
#ИринаВолк: Картину Сальвадора #Дали случайно повредили стеклом. В полицию поступило письменное заявление от заместителя директора галереи с просьбой привлечь к ответственности виновника происшествия#екатеринбург #мвд #мвдроссии #полиция #полицияроссии #police #russianpolice pic.twitter.com/4lWtz4QJsF— Сайт МВД России (@mvd_official) November 2, 2018
The CCTV footage was released by the Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MIA) on Twitter which shows three people looking at the pictures on the gallery's wall. One of them was trying to take a picture when the large display falls over. A person seems to be standing in the corner of the display and soon people from other parts of the gallery surround the site of the accident.
The source said, "The incident is being investigated, the works of art are being examined by specialists." TASS reported that the incident had been informed to the police and a police spokesperson confirmed that "a probe is underway." However, Yekaterinburg is not going to open a criminal case against the women, reported CNN.
According to People, the part these women played in damaging the two artworks is unclear and so, whether they will face any legal consequences or not, can only be known after the investigation is completed. Till then, the culture center continues to exhibit the art as scheduled.