Selfie-taker accidentally smashes $784k artwork

Selfie-taker accidentally smashes $784k artwork

A visitor to the Infinity Mirrors art exhibition in Washington DC has lost his footing, reportedly whilst taking a selfie, and fallen into one of Yayoi Kusama’s signature polka-dot pumpkins.

It happened in the All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins room. It is one of the six immersive mirror-rooms presented as a celebration of the Japanese artist’s 65-year career.

A similar sculpture sold for almost $784,485 in 2015 according to Artnet. But Alison Peck, a spokeswoman for the Hirshhorn Museum, told the New York Times that as the pumpkin was part of a larger piece and not a standalone work like the one sold at auction two years ago it was not necessarily comparable.

Peck was unable to confirm what the visitor was doing when they damaged the sculpture.
Yayoi Kusama is known for her strong feminist stance as well as her obsession for polka dots and iconic pumpkin images.

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