You thought putting American flags on the floor to be walked on was preposterously trotted out as modern art? The deranged Europeans have one-upped us....
BAT YAM, Israel (Reuters) - From pickled cows to elephant dung, the art world is no stranger to offbeat ideas. But a group of lice-infested Germans?
Seven young artists from Berlin are trying to stretch the boundaries of art by living in an Israeli museum for three weeks with lice in their hair.
"Art is no longer just a painting on the wall," Milana Gitzin-Adiram, chief curator of the Museum of Bat Yam near Tel Aviv, told Reuters. "Art is life, life is art."
The exhibition has caused controversy -- unintended, the artists say -- in a country where the mention of lice may revive memories of Nazi propaganda that described Jews as "parasites".
The artists, who sleep, eat and bathe in the gallery, said the exhibition toyed with ideas about hosts and guests in line with a theme set by the museum and aimed to blur the boundaries between art and reality.
"The idea is that we live in the museum as their guests, and at the same time we are hosting lice on our heads," said artist Vincent Grunwald, 23, wearing a plastic shower cap to prevent the lice from spreading.
Seriously, who pays for this crap? No doubt a generous government grant underwrote this vapid drivel. It's no wonder Europe is being overrun by hostile invaders, and without even a whimper. They're too busy wallowing in their demented performance art. I guess it's perversely fitting though, that these parasites on society infest themselves with actual parasites.
Society in general could use a good de-lousing.