September 4, 2005

Woman slashes Lichtenstein painting with knife

VIENNA (Reuters) - A woman attacked a painting by American
Pop Art legend Roy Lichtenstein, slashing it four times with a
knife at an exhibition in the western Austrian city of Bregenz,
police said.

The 35-year-old woman, a resident of Munich in Germany,
pulled a jack-knife from her bag on Saturday and damaged the
painting, "Nudes in Mirror," police said in a statement issued
on Saturday night. Visitors and staff then stopped her.

The painting was worth several million dollars, it added.

The Austrian news agency APA reported that the woman said
the painting in the Kunsthaus Bregenz museum was not authentic.

"Of course the painting is a real Lichtenstein," the
exhibition's curator, Rudolf Sagmeister, was quoted by APA as

Although the slashes were each roughly 30 cm (12 inches)
long, the painting was damaged rather than destroyed and could
be restored, he added. APA said it was insured for about 4
million euros.