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Court ruling over vandalised Versailles sculpture angers Anish Kapoor

The British sculptor Anish Kapoor says that he will begin the process of transforming his vandalised sculpture Dirty Corner tomorrow (21 September) as part of a new “artistic intervention”. A series of slogans, some of them anti-Semitic, were painted 5 September on the cavernous piece and surrounding rocks on display at the Palace of Versailles outside Paris. Phrases such as “Christ is King in Versailles” and “disgust, dishonour, treason, Satanism” were daubed on the controversial work which remains on show until 1 November. Palace of Versailles officials said in a statement issued 18 September that “[the sculpture], which was recently vandalised, will be subject in the coming days to an intervention to hide the damage, under the artist’s supervision.”

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