Miami painter thought $1m Ai Weiwei vase was Home Depot-style pot

A Miami painter who destroyed a priceless Han dynasty vase in a “spontaneous protest” at the city’s new art museum claims he thought he was smashing a cheap garden pot.

Maximo Caminero said he picked up the ancient urn from an exhibition curated by the Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei at the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM) on Sunday and threw it to the ground because “the museum only displayed international artists” and ignored the work of locals.


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