Rothko painting defaced at Tate Modern
Police investigate attack on Seagram mural canvas
By Cristina Ruiz. Web only
Published online: 07 October 2012
A Mark Rothko painting on display at London's Tate Modern was defaced today (7 October) by a member of the public.
A museum visitor who witnessed the incident wrote about it on Twitter just minutes after it happened and posted a picture of the damaged canvas.
"This guy calmly walked up, took out a marker pen and tagged [the canvas]," tweeted Tim Wright, adding later that the vandal "sat [in the gallery] for a while then just went for [the canvas] and made a quick exit."
In a statement a Tate spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that at 15.25 this afternoon there was an incident at Tate Modern in which a visitor defaced one of Rothko's Seagram murals by applying a small area of black paint with a brush to the painting." The police are currently investigating the incident.
Other twitter users reported that the gallery was shut down and evacuated after the incident. This could not be independently verified.
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