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Old 06-27-2007, 10:43 PM
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Iconoclasm

Using a working definition of "destruction of a work of art for ideological reasons", I'm looking for stories of statues through the ages that have been victims of iconoclasts.

I have a good starting list, but wonder if anyone could share the most fascinating stories of scuptural destruction (especially in the US or in the 21st century anywhere) for a cause....

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Old 06-27-2007, 11:31 PM
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I have a good starting list, ...
Is this list something you wished to share?
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:46 AM
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It is amazing. Amazon.com gave me as many as 8224 books when I keyed in the word 'Iconoclasm'. Here it is.
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Old 06-28-2007, 01:52 AM
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I ... wonder if anyone could share .... for a cause....
Care to explain what cause is it.
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Old 06-28-2007, 10:11 AM
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Re: Iconoclasm

Sorry for the vagueness- I meant destruction for a cause. I'm beginning research on a book about the topic, from a personal point of view. I include any type of iconoclasm- for relgious, political, or even social reasons, but it can't just be your garden-variety vandalism....
Thanks for the Amazon list. It will give me a lot of reading to do!
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Old 06-28-2007, 09:49 PM
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I have a good starting list, but wonder if anyone could share the most fascinating stories of scuptural destruction (especially in the US or in the 21st century anywhere) for a cause.....
Oh, you mean destruction for a cause, not share the stories for a cause.

Ok. Fascinating story? Sculptural destruction? For a cause? Of course the one the world can think of right away is this.



And I don't have to supply the story. There is no shortage of stories about this destruction in the web.
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Old 06-29-2007, 12:50 AM
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I seem to remember something mentioned in a book I read or something about political reasons driving some polititian in history to call winged victory digusting, or something along those lines. Of course, this didn't lead to any destruction, but the thought of saying something like that about such a famous and beautiful peice of art really amazed me. It is strange to me that political ideals can be so powerful when compared to the emotional impact and the beauty of the artwork. But winged victory is so much more than artwork; it is such a strong link to the humanity that existed so long ago. Strange that politics could drive a person to turn thier back on that.
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Old 06-29-2007, 08:45 AM
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Politicians do notice the emotiional significance of public sculptures.

The next one also had fascinating stories related to its destruction, or strictly speaking, the collapse of the political protest movement represented by this statue.

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Old 06-29-2007, 10:09 AM
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Absolutely! I'll cling to my laptop in anticipation! It looks as if it might have something to do with Tienaman Square...
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Old 06-29-2007, 10:29 AM
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And then....
there's the de-genetalization of many classic works
from adding fig leaves (one helluva life's work_) to...
hiding them in closets
someone whacked off the penis from Michaelangelo's Bacchus
a pope wanted the nude bodies in the judgment painted over with clothing

tyrant prudes trying to get away with imposing their will on the innocents

damn 'em all to hell...(maybe that's where they came from in the first place?)

taliban anyone?
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Tony Shafrazi spay painted on Guernica, arguing he did it with proper purpose, and bacame famous as a result of the vandalism.
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Old 06-29-2007, 09:40 PM
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Statues and monuments to well-hated dictators often are often destroyed dramatically after they died. Other than Saddam's statue, we can think of statues/monuments to Stalin of the Soviet Union.

Here is an online story about the biggest monument to Stalin, in Prague. It was such a long time ago. This story carries no dramatic picture of the actual destruction in 1962 at the order of Krushchev his 'successor'.

World's biggest Stalin monument would have turned 50

03-05-2005....The 50-metre high massive statue of the finest marble was proudly unveiled by Czechoslovakia's Communist regime on May 1, 1955....



....the vast statue's glory days were short-lived. Stalin's reign was denounced by the new Soviet leader, Nikita Khrushchev, and the statue was destroyed just seven years later, on Moscow's orders in 1962.

Too heavy to be displaced, it was blown to pieces with 800 kg of explosives and 1,650 detonators....

Before the remnants of the monument were stored, they were loaded on a truck and paraded in front of cheering crowds that gathered to celebrate the event in the streets of Prague's Old Town....
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Old 06-30-2007, 09:58 AM
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Merlion-

This is exactly the sort of story I'm looking for! Thanks. Keep 'em coming.

I'm very interested in hunting down more info on the Assassinated Art exhibit in Paris in 1917. Just ran across a reference to it and it sent shivers down my spine because the working title of my book is Sculptural Assassination! It was at the Petit Palais and featured works of art damaged by the "Huns".... Anyone who knows anything about it is invited- no, begged- to share..

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Old 06-30-2007, 10:48 AM
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Tapit: How skillful are you in doing Google searches?

What I have managed to dig up and post here are done by using Google, not because I have special knowledge of sculpture destruction. If you are skillful, you can also find them yourself. Soon you can find much more as you have the motivation, and much younger than me.
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Old 06-30-2007, 02:31 PM
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Google and Proquest are my first lines of inquiry. I'm also doing hard copy research, of course, and other online data bases. I'm not pulling up much on the Assassinated art exhibit, though...
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Old 06-30-2007, 08:42 PM
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Re: Iconoclasm

Another statue destruction that received world-wide publicity is of course the bombing of the giant buddha statues by the Talibans in Tamiyan, Afghanistan. The picture below is one of the statues before they were bombed.



Tapit: Nearly everybody using the web knows Google of course, and there are other good search engines. The key point is to be skillful in using them to do searches. Try different keywords, and word combinations. Some are commonly used while others are rarely used.

Possibly assasinated art as a term is very rarely used. Then use other similar words.

Try the blog searches, and image searches as well.
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