The interloper’s footprints damaged the piece, Pigment bleu sec
, or Dry Blue Pigment
, which featured a basin of sand and the artist’s signature blue pigment, “leaving white footprints on the work and blue material on the floor,” The Art Newspaper
reported. The 1957 work, part of the
exhibition “Theatre of the Void,” is reinstalled each time it is shown with new sand and pigment in the artist’s famous International Klein Blue, and was restored by employees of
just hours after the damage was done. “Even though we have several safety measures (warning signs, a partial barrier and a guard), the man was too fascinated [with the other work] to notice all of that,” a museum spokeswoman told The Art Newspaper
. Last week’s episode follows another incident in April when a journalist walked on a similar Klein work during a press conference at the Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain (MAMAC) in Nice. Also last week, in the U.K., a family posed their child in an 800-year-old sandstone coffin at a museum and garden outside of London and snapped off a small piece of it, the New York Times
reported. The family left the grounds without reporting the damage to the institution, which will repair it with “special adhesives” for a cost of about $130.