Chinese artist Ai Weiwei"s "Colored Vases" at the Perez Art Museum Miami, Florida
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Ai Weiwei vase worth $1m destroyed in protest

A Florida artist is facing criminal charges after deliberately dropping a vase by dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in an apparent protest.

Maximo Caminero, 51, was charged with criminal mischief after breaking the $1m (£600,000) vase on Sunday in Miami.

Police say Mr Caminero told them he broke the art work in protest at the Perez Art Museum Miami's failure to exhibit work by local artists.

Mr Ai told the BBC World Service he did not support artists destroying other artists' work.

  • 18 Feb 2014