Claims can happen in any art establishment, from a high street gallery to a world renowned museum. We’ve found three accidental damage claims that have come out in the public domain in recent years.
When a Pablo Picasso painting was being exhibited at the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2010, a lady taking part in an art class accidentally fell into the painting.
The L’acteur, painted in 1904, is considered to be one of Picasso’s most famous works, and was valued at around £90 million. The woman created a 6 inch tear in the painting and it took three months to restore. The painting is now kept behind plexiglass.
A Taiwanese boy became an internet sensation last year for all the wrong reasons after he accidentally tore a hole in a painting worth £1 million. The 12-year-old lost his footing next to a 17th century Paolo Porpora oil painting called Flowers, valued at £950,000, It was at a Leonardo da Vinci show in Taipei. The boy lost his balance, stumbled over the safety rope and pressed a can of soft drink into the painting to steady himself! This was all seen in the security footage released by the organisers of the exhibition.
Nick Flynn was banned from ever visiting the Fitzwilliam museum in Cambridge again after a loose shoelace, a lack of handrails and a bit of bad luck brought about the destruction of three Ming dynasty vases, thought to be worth around £100,000 in total.
Accidental damage emanating from a customer on your premises or whilst at an art exhibition or art fair can create all sorts of problems. No matter how many precautions you put in place a clumsy client can strike at any time!