Should children be allowed in art galleries?
In 2014 Jake Chapman caused a minor furore, and prompted a lot of column inches, when he said that taking kids to galleries was a “waste of time”.
He told The Independent parents were “arrogant” for thinking their children could understand artists like Jackson Pollock or Mark Rothko, adding “children are not human yet”.
The two children in this video, which has been going viral in recent days, clearly couldn’t give a hoot what Jake Chapman has to say about their appreciation of art.
The clip shows them bouncing around prestigious Chinese gallery the Shanghai Museum of Glass, like a pair of tiny bulls in a very high-end china shop, apparently having the time of their lives.
And as their parents look on, filming their offspring enjoying themselves, the kids get up close to one exhibit – a sculpture called “Angel Is Waiting” by Shelly Xue – and start touching it.
One of them pull sit away from the wall, it falls back – and breaks.
Xue has been described by Hyperallergic as a pioneer of China’s studio glass movement. Her (now damaged) sculpture, depicting a pair of angel’s wings constructed from glass fragments, has been on public display since 2014.
The piece took 27 months to make, and Xue dedicated it to her newborn daughter.
Rather than attempting to reverse the damage inclicted by the pair, Xue has apparently decided to retitle it “Broken.”
The museum has reportedly installed a screen next to the damaged sculpture, playing the CCTV footage of the disastrous incident on a loop.
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