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Visitors trash and steal exhibits at Chinese students’ art show – again

Week-long popular show in Huangzhou again brings complaints of works being tampered with, broken or even taken home

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 04 June, 2017, 6:23pm
UPDATED : Monday, 05 June, 2017, 9:53am

An art exhibition of works by graduates of the China Academy of Art has concluded with exhibits damaged or stolen – as in past years – according to a mainland newspaper.

The week-long annual exhibition, a well-known event in Hangzhou, capital of Zhejiang province, ended with students complaining about bad-mannered visitors damaging works and even taking them home, the Qiangjiang Evening News reported.

An exhibitor from the College of Public Art, whose work included more than 30 stone fish and shrimp, found a white fish missing after the second day of the show. Several days later, a woman visitor tried to take away a shrimp but was stopped in time.

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Another exhibitor had to stick 26 “do not touch” signs around his sculpture – a bicycle wheel – to prevent it from being damaged.

“Despite all the signs and the artist standing beside it, the wheel was still knocked down ,” a student said.

A wax cube formed by 1,000 smaller ones encountered a transformation on the second day of the exhibition – some cubes from the top layer were removed and piled on the side instead.

It is not the first year that such things have happened. A long list of exhibits stolen from the exhibition last year raised an outcry in the online community.