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Issue #250  5/13/2019
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Man Ray's Tomb Desecrated
The desecrated tomb of American-born surrealist artist Man Ray and his wife in the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. (REUTERS / CHARLES PLATIAU - stock.adobe.com)
The desecrated tomb of American-born surrealist artist Man Ray and his wife in the Montparnasse Cemetery in Paris. (REUTERS / CHARLES PLATIAU - stock.adobe.com)

A man was arrested in connection with the apparent desecration of surrealist artist Man Ray's tomb in the famed Montparnasse cemetery in Paris.

A gravestone bearing the inscription "Unconcerned but not indifferent" was knocked over in the incident, as was a headstone added after the death of Man Ray’s wife, the dancer Juliet Browner, on which was inscribed "Together again". A portrait of the artist and his wife was also smashed.

No other tombs nearby were reported damaged.

The deputy security head for the Paris district, where the cemetery is located, said a man was taken into custody on suspicion of being behind the damage after being observed near the grave.

Man Ray spent most of his life in France and particularly in Paris. He fled the Nazis when they invaded France during World War II, but returned from California in 1951 and spent the rest of his days in Paris. He was a major figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements, as well as a huge influence on fashion photography. He was known for his photograms, which he termed "Rayographs". Man Ray died in Paris in 1976 and is buried not far from the playwright Samuel Beckett.