Art or Animal? Louis Vuitton Tattooed Pigs Banned from Art Exhibit

Eight pigs that were tatooed with the trademark Louis Vuitton logo are being banned from a modern art exhibit in Shanghai over animal rights concerns.

Belgium artist Wim Delvoye is known for controversial art projects such as an installation that produces feces and an exhibit where he had friends paint their body parts with barium and have sex while x-rays were taken and later displayed.

The artist has tatooed pigs since the mid-1990s. The artist tatooed these pigs with different designs, two with the Vuitton symbol, as piglets and “tracked the canvases” as they grew up.

The pigs were bred outside Beijing and were sold to collectors once killed and stuffed.

The artist claims the tatooed pigs enjoy “better living conditions than millions of poor Chinese”.

However, concern over the use of tatoos on living animals in a modern art exhibit to be titled “Art Farm” at the Shanghai Contemporary Art Fair put the exhibit on hold.

While the tatoos on pigs were banned, the artist did sell the tatoo off a man’s back. A swiss man agreed to have “art” tatooed on his back, which was sold $215,000 — to be collected upon the man’s death.

Written by Kelly Dunleavy

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