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Argentina: Has Rodin's statue been vandalised or been given a contemporary touch?


The Thinker s a statue by Auguste Rodin that was the objective at the end of August for an action of vandalism in Buenos Aires. The bronze statue, placed in the square Lorea, was painted entirely in red and vandals have also attached some graffiti on the art piece, a major work of the French sculptor.

The local administration, once discovered the act, asked to a team of cleaners to restore some lustre to the statue. AFP reports that hydrolavage has been used. Its power could have given origin to irreversible damage, including the patina of bronze.

The statue was acquired in 1907 by Argentina under the direction of Eduardo Schiaffino, former director of the Museum of Fine Arts. Initially, the Thinker should have been placed high up, at the steps of the National Congress. The latter, still under construction in 1907, couldn’t host the statue that consequently found its way to the end of the square Lorea.

This act of vandalism has revived the debate around this sculpture’s location. For some, it must be protected and installed near the National Congress and for others it should remain at its current location so that everyone can enjoy. Nevertheless, the Buenos Aires City Council has adopted a new measure: the installation of gates in order to protect the statue.


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