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Horrified Art Lovers Watch As Children Climb All Over $10M Work Of Modern 'art' At The Tate Modern

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Art lovers were horrified when two parents let their children clamber all over a multi-million pound sculpture at Tate Modern.

A visitor took a photograph of the family of four after she saw the children crawling on the installation, by American artist Donald Judd.

Stephanie Theodore, a gallery owner from New York, posted the picture on Twitter, with the words: “Holy crap. Horrible kids, horrible parents.” Today she told the Standard the parents had been encouraging their two daughters to play on the sculpture — and refused to back down when she confronted them.

http://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/horrified-art-lovers-watch-as-children-climb-all-over-10m-work-of-modern-art-at-the-tate-modern-9092451.html

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I'm getting the impression that modern 'art' has become a parody of itself if those blue and white shelves/drawers are supposed to be a sculpture (and 'worth' 10 million!)

No wonder the kids climb all over it, how is a parent supposed to tell them that that's precious 'art' when it certainly doesn't look like art at all? :rolleyes:

It smells suspiciously like tulips if you ask me... :blink:

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Ha ha! The chidlren ARE the art!

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Looks like something you'd find in a play park. At least the kids are appreciating it.

Had a similar experience with mine in Bristol museum, they didn't realise that a load of stones on the floor was art..

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I'm getting the impression that modern 'art' has become a parody of itself if those blue and white shelves/drawers are supposed to be a sculpture (and 'worth' 10 million!)

No wonder the kids climb all over it, how is a parent supposed to tell them that that's precious 'art' when it certainly doesn't look like art at all? :rolleyes:

It smells suspiciously like tulips if you ask me... :blink:

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Last summer I went to the Whitechapel Gallery with my two year old toddler, as they had one of their family days. After the boy had spent a good few hours doing arty stuff as only a two year old can, we went for a walk around the rest of the gallery. As we walked into one room I saw a large sculpture in the middle of the room, and made sure I was holding tight onto the hand of my little monster. On seeing this, the curator in the room rushed up to me, with a look of horror on her face, and told me that children were more than welcome, infact encouraged, to touch, run around and walk through the sculpture and other exhibits.

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Compared with the Science Museum, where a touch of an aircraft wheel by my todler was met with stern face from the curator (I think that a part of learning about science and engineering is touching different materials) it was refreshing and welcome.

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Last summer I went to the Whitechapel Gallery with my two year old toddler, as they had one of their family days. After the boy had spent a good few hours doing arty stuff as only a two year old can, we went for a walk around the rest of the gallery. As we walked into one room I saw a large sculpture in the middle of the room, and made sure I was holding tight onto the hand of my little monster. On seeing this, the curator in the room rushed up to me, with a look of horror on her face, and told me that children were more than welcome, infact encouraged, to touch, run around and walk through the sculpture and other exhibits.

Compared with the Science Museum, where a touch of an aircraft wheel by my todler was met with stern face from the curator (I think that a part of learning about science and engineering is touching different materials) it was refreshing and welcome.

Schools always made me go to museums full of old stuff! You couldn't touch it! :unsure:

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Last summer I went to the Whitechapel Gallery with my two year old toddler, as they had one of their family days. After the boy had spent a good few hours doing arty stuff as only a two year old can, we went for a walk around the rest of the gallery. As we walked into one room I saw a large sculpture in the middle of the room, and made sure I was holding tight onto the hand of my little monster. On seeing this, the curator in the room rushed up to me, with a look of horror on her face, and told me that children were more than welcome, infact encouraged, to touch, run around and walk through the sculpture and other exhibits.

Compared with the Science Museum, where a touch of an aircraft wheel by my todler was met with stern face from the curator (I think that a part of learning about science and engineering is touching different materials) it was refreshing and welcome.

I agree about the tactile experience but the museum has to be careful, 500 people a day touching in the same place and it is not a pretty sight after a few years of that.

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Interaction with sculptures is great, I particularly liked Gormley's beach figures.

Tate Modern is definitely worth a visit if in London.

As to the OP I agree that £10m is silly, and also totally untrue. The numbers attached to Damien Hurst's works were fictitious, he bought some of his own work himself to make a market.

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WEB-AN36375334A-child-clamb.jpg

I'm getting the impression that modern 'art' has become a parody of itself if those blue and white shelves/drawers are supposed to be a sculpture (and 'worth' 10 million!)

No wonder the kids climb all over it, how is a parent supposed to tell them that that's precious 'art' when it certainly doesn't look like art at all? :rolleyes:

It smells suspiciously like tulips if you ask me... :blink:

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An odd one. I too went through the "what a joke - $10m for that" stage. Then I read on:

The parents defend their child

It turns out the parents are not your normal run of the mill parents. They founded and sold the 'All Saints' (very expensive, but still sweat-shop) clothing label in between giving their children 'individual' names to show how special they really are. Apparently the child in question was just being anti-establishment as she always has been through her 9 years on this planet. Seems a bit daft to me being anti-establishment when her parents have made themselves incredibly rich by being leading members of the 'establishment' that she hates so much, but there you go. 9 year olds really do grow up incredibly quickly nowadays don't they?

The whole thing made me chortle quite a lot really....the continued rise of the massively rich, hypocritical, greedy, delusional, hand-wringing 'faux-socialist/anarchist/situationalist/Guardianreaderalist' seems unstoppable. I don't have breakfast on Sunday mornings in any cafes any more in Bristol. I can't stand listening to their views about how much they hate materialism/capitalism/tories whilst drinking £50 bottles of wine and then moving onto why little Tarquin just has to go to a private school.

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Schools always made me go to museums full of old stuff! You couldn't touch it! :unsure:

Textile museum in Manchester invited some 6 year olds.

Wasn't allowed to touch the massive wall hung wool rug artwork.

Did. And got told off for it.

That was me not son though.

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Textile museum in Manchester invited some 6 year olds.

Wasn't allowed to touch the massive wall hung wool rug artwork.

Did. And got told off for it.

That was me not son though.

Helmshore or is there one in Manchester proper?

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Faced with that 'artwork', I would do something more subtly subversive.

On each 'shelf', I would place an official looking notice saying 'Artwork temporarily removed for restoration'. leaving visitors wondering where the artwork, actually under their noses, had supposedly gone.

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I agree about the tactile experience but the museum has to be careful, 500 people a day touching in the same place and it is not a pretty sight after a few years of that.

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Before they were all nicked by metal thieves, I grew up thinking that Henry Moore was actually a climbing frame designer.

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PS And how the smeg do you embed videos on this forum nowadays?

With difficulty! Entered your link, searched on the clip title, click on top clip and get shortish length link, embed. Why you need to do all that beats me but it works.

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