A woman doing handsprings hurled herself into an art installation at the exhibition of a collection belonging to the billionaire heir of a Nazi-era arms supplier, damaging two pieces, organizers said Thursday.
The bizarre attack came late Wednesday on the top floor of the Hamburger Bahnhof museum, where Friedrich Christian Flick's collection opened to the public earlier in the day.
Yelling loudly, the 35-year-old woman did a series of head-over-heels flips before landing in a handstand on "Office Baroque," a cutout section of wall by the American artist Gordon Matta-Clark, punching both her arms through the drywall, said Klaus Dieter Lehmann, president of Berlin's Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation.
She then ran across the exhibit room and pushed over a section of a spray-painted truck, called "Graffiti Truck," also by Matta-Clark. The truck's metal roof was bent during the incident.
Taken aback, a security guard called his supervisor before moving to protect other pieces, Lehmann said.
The police arrived about five minutes later and took the woman into custody. According to a museum security official, the woman said, "Flick, I am satisfied," as she was arrested.