Artist Marina Abramovic Hit With a Painting in Italy Attack

Performance artist Marina Abramovic was attacked at Italy's Palazzo Strozzi by a man wielding a framed painting. The artist was reportedly uninjured in the incident in which the man allegedly smashed his own artwork over her head in the Florence museum. Police are investigating.

Abramovic told Italian media that the man “came up to me looking into my eyes and I smiled at him thinking he was giving me a gift.” “In a split second I saw his facial expression change and he became violent, coming toward me very quickly and with force. These dangers arrive quickly, just like death,” she said.

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