Museum Visitor Destroys Ai Weiwei Vase "In Protest"

A man smashed a vase worth $1 million by Ai Weiwei at Perez Art Museum Miami on Feb.  16, 2014.
A man smashed a vase worth $1 million by Ai Weiwei at Perez Art Museum Miami on Feb. 16, 2014.

A Florida man smashed a $1-million vase by world renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei at the Perez Art Museum Miami on Sunday.

According to the arrest affidavit, Maximo Caminero was arrested and charged with criminal mischief for breaking the vase that is part of the museum's debut exhibition "Ai Weiwei: According to What?"

Caminero picked up the vase and threw it. He then told museum security that he was protesting the museum's showing of an international artist's work instead of that of local artists, according to the affidavit.

Police have Caminero in custody. The affidavit lists him as an artist.

“Yesterday a museum visitor intentionally broke a vase in the Ai Weiwei exhibition,” Leann Standish, Deputy Director for External Affairs, said in a press release on Monday. “The museum’s security team immediately secured the galleries and the person was apprehended. He is now in police custody, and the museum is working with the authorities in their investigation.  However, the museum remains open and we look forward to continuing to welcome visitors from Miami and around the world.”

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