Vandalism at the Sculpture Exhibit
By Jesús Aguado
One of the four hands of a Leonora Carrington sculpture was mutilated while being shown under the auspices of Bellas Artes. The local administration filed a criminal complaint before the Ministerio Público (District Attorney’s Office).
Seven of ten sculptures by the surrealist artist were placed on Paseo de los Conspiradores the night of September 5. On November 14 one of them was found to be damaged.
Gonzalo González, Secretary of the City Council, told Atención that the vandalism act occurred the night of November 13. The man watching over the exhibit was absent for a short period of time, and that was when the person took advantage and cut the hand. “The person that did it has a lack of human values. It is a sculpture with a great economic and artistic value,” González said. “The statues are from one of the most important artists in the world, and they are there for the Sanmiguelenses and visitors.” He noted that the company that exhibits them has insurance and the local government will pay the deductible. Finally, González asked the Sanmiguelenses to respect this and future exhibitions: “If they see a crime, they have to report it,” he said.
Leonora Carrington was given the National Award of Sciences and Arts in 2005. During an interview for CONACULTA (National Council for Arts and Culture), historian Mercedes Sierra Kehoe commented that Carrington had achieved mythological recreations and creations. “She was a great human being who lived many facets in life and in the world that she lived in. Those experiences are engraved in her works.”
The historian also said that Carrington arrived in Mexico at the beginning of the 20th century with a plenitude of life experiences as well as many challenges from the threats and changes the world was going though.
Carrington was a painter, sculptor, writer, dramatist, and scenographer. CONACULTA states that since childhood, she was familiar with the Celtic myths, and they were always present in her work, enriched with magical, fantastic worlds discovered in Mexico.
Born in England in 1917, Leonora Carrington passed away in Mexico on May 25, 2011.