Anish Kapoor’s “Dirty Corner” (2011–15) sculpture in the gardens of Palace of Versailles has been vandalized again but this time with offensive words, including anti-Semitic slurs. The words in white paint were discovered on Sunday, September 6. The central opening of 200-foot (60 meter) long and 33-foot (10 meter) high steel and rock sculpture represents the “Queen’s Vagina,” according to the artist, and it was painted with the phrases “The second rape of the French nation by Jewish activities…” and “Shame Dishonor Betrayal Satanism.” Other phrases found elsewhere on the art works included “SS blood sacrifice,” “Queen sacrificed, twice insulted,” and “Christ is king in Versailles.”
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Dirty Corner dirty politics anti Semitism. This is what leads to the exclusion of our Syrian brothers and sisters. France is shamed because of this hateful minority. A violent attack on the human spirit and on culture. I am a Jew. And a Muslim. And a Hindu. And a Christian. #DirtyCorner #Intolerance #Versailles #France #Culture #Attack #Racism #AntiSemtism #Jew #Judaism #Vandalism #Violence
In an exclusive interview with France’s Le Figaro newspaper, the artist that he will keep the slurs in order to remind people of the anti-Semitism we’d rather forget. “This is a violent attack against the human spirit and culture,” he said.
The French Minister of Culture, Fleur Pellerin, visited the damaged art works and tweeted that it there was “unspeakable degradation and hate messages” on the work, and “The stupidity and violence against culture.”
Innommables dégradations et messages de haine sur l’œuvre d’Anish Kapoor au @CVersailles. La stupidité et la violence contre la culture.
— Fleur Pellerin (@fleurpellerin) September 6, 2015
French President François Hollande also tweeted a message of solidarity with the artist and said that the “work has been degraded and covered with hateful and anti-Semitic inscriptions.”
Toute ma solidarité à Anish Kapoor dont l’œuvre a été dégradée et couverte d’inscriptions haineuses et antisémites au @CVersailles.
— François Hollande (@fhollande) September 6, 2015
In June, the sculpture was splashed with yellow paint, which was immediately cleaned. The sculpture is scheduled to stay on display until November.