Van Gogh’s Ear At Rockefeller Center

Vincent Van Gogh is the subject of a public art piece entitled “Van Gogh’s Ear.” The Berlin art duo Elmgreen and Dragset created the ear-shaped swimming pool that opens on 13 April in New York City. Probably the most well-worn art rumor is that Van Gogh cut off his earlobe in 1888 in France. Some historians say he did it in response to his brother’s engagement, others think Paul Gauguin did it during a fight. And why do Elmgreen and Dragset commemorate this event with a pool? “We have an ongoing fetish with swimming pools,” said Elmgreen, who has been working with Dragset since 1995.

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