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August 29 2012

Le tableau de l'Ecce Homo va-t-il retrouver son apparence d'origine?

ECCE HOMO - "C'est possible." L'équipe de restaurateurs professionnels qui analyse actuellement la peinture du Christ, massacrée par une octogénaire à Borja en Espagne, s'est dite confiante. Selon les experts dépêchés sur place, il est possible de redonner à cette peinture murale son aspect d'origine. Mais les fans et la ville seront-ils d'accord?

Depuis le 21 août dernier, les images de cette peinture du Christ datant du 19e siècle font le tour du monde. Une octogénaire a en effet voulu restaurer l'œuvre sans autorisation et anéanti le travail original de l'artiste. L'Ecce Homo d'Elias Garcia Martinez est désormais connu comme la pire restauration artistique de l'histoire.

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Lire aussi:
» La pire restauration de l'histoire?
» L'artiste qui a massacré le Christ de Borja s'explique: "tout le monde me voyait"
» Le Christ de Borja massacré devient... objet de culte !

La restauration serait possible

Depuis la découverte de l'œuvre, deux spécialistes de l'entreprise de restauration Albarium évaluent les dommages. Après avoir enquêté auprès de l'octogénaire qui a retouché l'Ecce Homo pour savoir quels produits ont été utilisés, les restaurateurs ont expliqué être "confiants" et "contents". Selon eux, il serait possible de sauver la peinture d'origine.

Cette semaine, de nouvelles analyses seront faites et les restaurateurs rendront leur rapport.

Une pétition pour sauver la version de l'octogénaire

Mais les fans accepteront-ils de voir disparaître la pire restauration du monde? Depuis deux semaines, les images de l'Ecce Homo font le tour du monde et l'histoire de cette œuvre, inconnue jusqu'alors, a passionné les foules.

Les adorateurs de la toile se mobilisent d'ailleurs pour conserver la version ratée du tableau. Une pétition - recueillant désormais plus de 21.000 signataires - demande au maire de Borja de ne plus y toucher. Pour eux, il est important de conserver cette œuvre qui constitue "une critique subtile des théories créationnistes de l'Église et une interrogation sur l'émergence de nouvelles idoles".

Un filon touristique

Le maire pourrait lui aussi avoir intérêt à conserver l'œuvre telle qu'elle est aujourd'hui. En effet, la mairie de Borja a décidé de déposer la marque "Ecce Homo". Pourquoi? Officiellement, la mairie ne veut pas que le nom soit "mal" utilisé. Mais en déposant ce nom, la municipalité s'assure surtout des retombées économiques.

L'histoire de cette peinture aura fait découvrir cette commune de Saragosse dans le monde entier. Depuis les premiers articles sur le sujet, le 21 août dernier, la ville n'a jamais été aussi visitée. Des milliers de touristes se rendent dans l'église et font la queue pour être photographié à côté de ce nouvel objet de "culte".

Ces curieux pourraient aussi être intéressés par des produits dérivés... D'ailleurs certains entrepreneurs ont devancé la commune: des tshirts existent déjà et une pâtisserie madrilène fait même des crêpes Ecce Homo...

ecce homo crepe

Quel que soit le verdict des restaurateurs, la décision de conserver ou non la peinture reviendra à l'église de Borja.

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August 25 2012

Mal fresco! Botched Ecce Homo restoration woman has 'anxiety attack'

Cecilia Giménez, 81, reportedly ill after media frenzy and talk of legal action over her well-intentioned restoration disaster of the Ecce Homo fresco

An 81-year-old who garnered worldwide media attention after she tried – and spectacularly failed – to restore a painting in her local church may face legal charges.

Cecilia Giménez, the well-intentioned amateur restorer from the Spanish city of Borja, is reportedly in bed after an anxiety attack, with neighbours and relatives suggesting she feels overwhelmed because of the media frenzy over the unintentional damage she caused to the mural.

The damage to the painting in the church of la Misericordia de Borja is reportedly being investigated by experts, with the artist's descendants apparently unhappy that an individual decided to take the restoration job into her own hands. They fear her handiwork may be irreversible.

Giménez told Spanish television that the priest knew about her attempts at restoration to the Ecce Homo painting by Elías García Martínez and that she had done nothing in secret. "The priest knew it and everyone who came into the church could see I was painting," she said.

Although no one seems sure when she embarked on the restoration project, news of the incident first appeared on the blog of the Centre for Borja Studies a fortnight ago.

The centre posted some before-and-after pictures, along with a plaintive message confirming that someone had recently been up to no good with a brush.

"As incredible as it may seem, this is all that remains of the work of an artist whose descendants still live in our city," it said. "We do not know whether this unspeakable deed can de remedied, but there can be no doubt whatsoever that someone should take the necessary action to ensure that such behaviour is not repeated. Whatever the motives were, it must be roundly condemned."

Professional restorers plan to examine the painting to gauge whether restoration is possible.

According to the local paper El Heraldo de Aragón, the city council is reportedly considering legal action against Giménez. Her actions meant the 19th-century painting, which was already in a poor condition, had been "completely destroyed", one councillor, Juan María de Ojeda, said.

Ojeda nonetheless criticised media attention as "disproportionate".

Giménez's efforts have been variously been dubbed "the worst restoration in history", "a botched job", and "a crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic".


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August 24 2012

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// oAnth: Learn more about the Borja grassroots restauration mouvement (BGRM) - incl. its astonishingly well adapted concept of arts (Herbert Marcuse) in times of austerity cuts, and further ambitions beyond, e.g. concerning the so called "Da Vinci Project", here.
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Great art needs a few restoration disasters | Jonathan Jones

Thanks to an inadvertent iconoclast, a second-rate fresco is now a 'masterpiece'. Turn her loose on artists that deserve attention

It's all over the internet, it's trending, tweeting, the funniest art joke of all time. You must know it by now. "Masterpiece of Jesus is destroyed after old lady's attempt to restore damage is a less-than-divine intervention", Worst painting restoration work in history", "Elderly woman destroys 19th century fresco with DIY restoration".

A woman said to be in her 80s in Borjanos in Spain took it upon herself to "restore" a fresco in the Sanctuary of Mercy church there. The original painting is an Ecce Homo by Elias Garcia Martinez and dates from the 19th century. But this triptych of photographs shows how totally it has been ruined. It's hilarious to see how the would-be restorer's efforts resulted in a complete reinvention of the painting as a crude image with a face like a neanderthal man's self-portrait. Oh dear. This pious art lover could have a career in slapstick if she wants, for her comic destruction of a work of art bears comparison with Rowan Atkinson giving Whistler's Mother a badly drawn cartoon face in the film Bean.

How did it happen? What was the well-meaning vandal thinking? Reports differ on the meaning of the middle picture in the before-and-after triptych: was this the result of water damage or the self-appointed artist's early effort to prepare the picture for restoration? Picturing how it happened is even funnier than seeing the contrasting versions themselves. Did she, like the Marx Brothers trimming a moustache in Monkey Business, try to fix one bit and then had to do another bit and then another until the whole thing was gone? Was it like Father Ted in the episode of the much-loved clerical comedy where he attempts to mend a car's bodywork with a hammer?

There is only one problem with this story. It doesn't really matter. Martinez is not a great artist and his painting Ecce Homo is not a "masterpiece". It is a minor painting in the dregs of an academic tradition. When it was painted, a boy called Pablo in another Spanish town was learning to paint in this same exhausted 19th-century style. Soon he would shake off the influence of his father the provincial artist Don Jose Ruiz y Picasso and start to reinvent art.

Google Martinez and you will find many, many references that have appeared in the last 24 hours to the botched restoration – and not much else. A previously obscure artist has become famous overnight because of the amateur restorer's exploit. A forgotten painting is now known around the world as a "masterpiece", because it was wrecked.

Perhaps this offers a new strategy for those who seek to popularise the Old Masters. What if even older, but far greater, paintings were to get the Mr Bean treatment?

After Rowan Atkinson gave a show-stopping Mr Bean performance as a keyboard player upstaging a Simon Rattle-conducted performance of Chariots of Fire in the Olympic opening ceremony, the composer Michael Nyman took exception to orchestral music being mocked in this way. Where did his sense of humour go? Surely he can see that classical music should use this strategy to popularise itself. We need Mr Bean disrupting performances of Monteverdi and Mahler. That will get the kids into the concert halls.

Similarly, the well-meaning restorer of this obscure Spanish painting should be turned loose on a couple of works that actually matter. Many true masterpieces are starved of the global attention this second-rate Ecce Homo has now got. She could be sent to Italy to see what she can do with the frescoes in the Palazzo Schifanoia in Ferrara. Revered by art historians, these paintings of the months of the year have never quite made it into popular culture. There are 12 paintings, one for every month, so one could be sacrificed for the good of the whole. A hideously repainted face on one of the lesser months might make their creator the 15th-century genius Francesco del Cossa as famous as the 19th century mediocrity Elias Garcia Martinez has now become.


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Amateur art restorer admits to damaging Ecce Homo mural - video

Cecilia Gimenez, an amateur art restorer, damaged a 19th-century painting belonging to a Spanish church, during her attempts to fix it





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August 23 2012

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"Permanenter ästhetischer Umsturz: das ist die Aufgabe der Kunst" - Herbert Marcuse
Spanische Pensionistin übermalt Jesus-Fresko - Bildende Kunst - derStandard.at › Kultur
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Elderly woman ruins valuable artwork

An elderly Italian woman appears to have destroyed a valuable artwork after she took it upon herself to ‘restore’ the crumbling painting.

The image, painted by 19th-century artist Elías García Martínez, had reportedly been deteriorating for some time.

The woman in her 80s, a neighbour of the church in which the fresco is located, attempted to restore the painting ‘without permission but with good intentions’.

But a donation from the artist’s granddaughter was about to fix that when the neighbour got in first to have a crack at fixing it up.

The results were not quite as she expected, however.

Once the budding artist realised she was in over her head, she confessed to local authorities.

A professional restorer is reportedly now set to assess the damage and see if the fresco can be saved.

via Elderly woman ruins valuable artwork – Yahoo!7 News.

 

 

 

 

// Sigalon: I can’t decide which one I like better…

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