Man picks fight with painting at the Milwaukee Museum of Art & loses

April 6, 2007 · Print This Article

22 Year old Pewaukee man on Wednesday suddenly attacked The Triumph of David by Ottavio Vannini (1640) after walking arround the museum for 3 and a half hours. He proceeded to kick the severed head of Goliath upside the face while the painting still hung on the wall and then rip it from its supports and begin kicking it on the floor. After detained by guards he proceeded to rip off his shirt and lay on the floor telling Police he was disturbed by the image of Goliath’s severed head.

The painting was on loan from the Haukohl Family Collection, considered the largest collection of 17th-century Florentine art in America.

According to a museum press release, the loan was made possible by Mark Fehrs Haukohl, a Milwaukee native and art collector who lives in Houston.

David Gordon, museum CEO and director said the museum’s insurance company was contacted, and the painting will be examined by conservators to determine what to do with it. Early indications are that it may be repairable.




Is it art? Teacher strips in class

September 29, 2006 · Print This Article

BEIJING, China (Reuters) — A Chinese culture ministry official has denounced a university professor who stripped naked in front of students and teachers during an art class, a Chinese newspaper reported on Tuesday.

Mo Xiaoxin, a 56-year-old assistant professor at a university in Changzhou, in eastern Jiangsu province, shocked students by stripping during a lecture on “body art” to emphasize the “power” of the body and to “challenge taboos,” the Beijing News said.

“There are no taboos in the field of research, but to do this directly in the course of teaching is obviously not appropriate,” the paper quoted Tian Junting, a culture ministry official, as saying.

The lecture was part of a course within a newly established “human body art and culture” research institute — China’s first — at Jiangsu Teachers University of Technology, the paper said.

Mo arranged for four other models, including a man and woman in their 70s or 80s, and a younger couple, to strip naked in front of the class while he lectured, the paper said.

During the nearly hour-long class, Mo also invited students to take their clothes off.

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Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has Died

September 5, 2006 · Print This Article

‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin has died.

The wildlife presenter was filming a documentary off the coast of Australia this weekend when a stingray attacked him, using its poisonous barb to pierce his chest.

According to reports, paramedics flew out to the Great Barrier Reef to treat him but he was pronounced dead on the scene.

Steve has left behind a wife, 42-year-old Terri, and two children – eight-year-old daughter Bindi and his son Bob, two. Along with a multi-million dollar wildlife empire.