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$1 million Ai Weiwei Vase Is Destroyed At Miami Museum

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery — except perhaps when imitation takes the form of smashing a vase by Chinese artist and dissident Ai Weiwei valued at $1 million. Miami artist Maximo Caminero claims he did it "for all the local artists in Miami that have never been shown in museums here," according to the Miami New Times. Police say Caminero walked into the Perez Art Museum Miami on Sunday and destroyed the vase. Caminero, who is well-known locally, claims he smashed the vase, part of an installation of Ai's work titled "Colored Vases," as a "spontaneous protest." He told the New Times: "I was at PAMM and saw Ai Weiwei's photos behind the vases where he drops an ancient Chinese vase and breaks it. And I saw it as a provocation by Weiwei to join him in an act of performance protest." That appears to be a reference to Ai's work "Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn," three photographs, seen below, that are also on display at the museum. ai weiwei vase drop, ai weiwei breaking vase, ai weiwei smashing vase, ai weiwei ming vase, ai weiwei dropping the urn, ai weiwei pots, ai weiwei ceramics,