Protesting artist smashes $1 million vase at Miami museum

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A Miami artist protesting an exhibition at the new Pérez Art Museum broke a million-dollar vase and was charged with criminal mischief, police said.

Maximo Caminero, 51, was in the museum on Sunday when he picked up an Ai Weiwei vase, the police report said.

A security guard told Mr. Caminero to put the vase down, but he “threw and broke the vase on the floor in protest,” the report said.

Mr. Caminero then “spontaneously told [police] that he broke the vase in protest of local artists and that the museum only displayed international artists,” the report said.

The vase, which could be as much as 7,000 years old, is part of the “Ai Weiwei: According To What?” exhibit that runs until March 16.

The Miami New Times said Mr. Caminero was born in the Dominican Republic “and has shown his frenetic, colorful, abstract, Caribbean-influenced paintings at art fairs, including Fountain [Art Fair].”

Last year his work went on display at Babacar M’Bow’s Multitudes Contemporary Art Gallery in Little Haiti, The Times said.

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