Couple mistakenly vandalizes $440,000 painting at exhibition

SEOUL, South Korea -- An art piece by an American graffiti artist showcased in South Koreawas damaged by a couple in their 20s who thought the sets of paint and brushes laid in front of the artwork was for spectators use.

Staff at the gallery exhibition noticed new brush strokes on the wall -- small swipes of dark green to the right of center -- last Sunday. After checking the security camera, two suspects were taken by the police for investigation.

Due to the characteristics of contemporary art, there will be many happenings like these going forward. Exhibit organizers must take extra care in physically protecting the artwork, as the audience may mistake the art like that of JonOne to something they can scribble on, Ha Jae-geun, a Korean pop culture expert, told ABC News.


Stockholm Metro Art Gallery

Stockholm's decidedly unique public transit system has doubled as the world's longest art gallery for several decades

"Travelling by metro is like travelling through an exciting story that extends from the artistic pioneers of the 1950s to the art experiments of today. Over 90 of the 100 subway stations in Stockholm have been decorated with sculptures, mosaics, paintings, installations, engravings and reliefs by over 150 artists. What a fun and inexpensive way to explore the art and culture of an incredible city like Stockholm!"


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Originally a blacksmith, Georges Liataud, made beaten metal crosses, which he attached to tombstones in his hometown of Croix-des-Bouquets, the centre of Haitian Vodou.

Edvard Munch wrote mysterious message on "The Scream," experts reveal

Barely visible in the top left-hand corner of one of the world's most famous paintings are the words, "Could only have been painted by a madman!" For years, curators and art historians have wondered who wrote it.

After decades of debate, experts confirmed this week that the artist himself, Edvard Munch, is responsible for the inscription on his most famous work, "The Scream."