(Excerpt from 'Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm' posted on TATE. Found here http://www.tate.org.uk/about/press-office/press-releases/art-under-attack-histories-british-iconoclasm-1)
Tate Britain to present butchered paintings, decapitated sculptures and other damaged works in a survey of centuries of art vandalism.
Axed piano from seminal 1960s art event rediscovered and on show in public at Tate Britain for the first time.
Tate Britain is displaying a rediscovered piano thought to be destroyed during the seminal Destruction In Art Symposium (DIAS) in 1966. It is one of the few significant sculptural survivors from DIAS, a pioneering season of events which included performances by Yoko Ono (b.1933) and John Latham (b.1921-2006). Organised by Gustav Metzger (b.1926), who had influenced Pete Townshend, DIAS paved the way for artists to use destruction as a creative force.
The piano is on show as part of Art under Attack: Histories of British Iconoclasm, an exhibition which explores physical attacks on art from the Reformation to the present day. The exhibition includes some of the finest examples of medieval sculpture in Britain, all remarkable survivors of the Reformation, when it is thought that over 90 per cent of medieval sculpture was lost.
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(Image: Raphael Montañez Ortiz, Duncan Terrace Piano Destruction Concert, 1966; Photograph by John Prosser)