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Hofman unhappy at 'circus' around giant duck display in Taiwan: report

TAIPEI -- Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman was upset about the arrangement for his rubber duck installation on display in Keelung and criticized the organizers for turning it into a “commercial circus,” a local newspaper reported yesterday.

A day earlier, the artist canceled his trip to inaugurate the duck display in the Northern Taiwan city, expressing disappointment over how the world-famous sculpture is being portrayed in Taiwan.

“The rubber duck must show a place in a different perspective as it is, pure and simple, but now we learn it is turning into a commercial circus which we don't approve and of course dislike,” Hofman's team wrote in response to the United Evening News' request for his opinion on the Keelung exhibition.

Besides the unruly vendors seen around the rubber duck, the emergence of unauthorized rubber duck-themed merchandise has also upset the artist, the newspaper said.

Among the products with copyright infringement are rubber duck-themed stored value cards used for transportation or other payments, issued by the Taiwan Smart Card Corporation.

The company held a press conference Friday evening and explained that it has acquired permission from the organizers to use the duck's image. It promised to correct any mistakes that could have resulted in a misunderstanding.

Earlier this month, Hofman also rejected the organizers' proposal to make the rubber duck rotate 360 degrees, as it contravenes his idea of simplicity and tranquility.

Still, in the letter, the team said Hofman and his family liked Taiwan and enjoyed the previous legs of the duck campaign in the Taiwanese cities of Kaohsiung and Taoyuan.

Hofman's team said they are investigating if the organizers of the Keelung display have violated the terms of their contract, adding that they will keep an eye on further development of the duck's display in Keelung.

About 8,000 spectators flocked to Keelung for a peek at the duck on the exhibition's opening day yesterday. The Keelung government estimates the inflatable duck will attract over 6 million visitors during its 50-day display.

December 22, 2013    freeman70@
The pseudo-art display becomes a commercial pseudo-cultural activity. What did he really expect? I have seen real art in the Louvre, Guggenheim, and MET. This duck can be best described as an attempt at art. This is why I call some artists, autists after autism, the mental condition. I don't like to use it because I don't want to make fun of those with a sometimes seriously debilitating condition. I use it because some artists tend to live in their own world of self-delusion that everything they create is art. In a hundred years, this duck will have been long forgotten but the Mona Lisa, even though it is a very small portrait, will still continue to mesmerize its patrons.
December 23, 2013    galaxietw@
There is no problem with last two exhibitions, why this time? The organizers of the Keelung display are responsible.
December 23, 2013    miller.henry641@
Dude...it's a big inflatable RUBBER DUCK!

That ain't art. Hofman has run this scam in mainland China and now he comes here and complains "others" have turned his big yellow inflatable duck into a "commercial circus"?

Hey Hofman...it is a "commercial circus."

It certainly is not "art."
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Little plastic ducklings are seen in the foreground while Dutch artist Florentijn Hofman's rubber duck installation is seen in the background in Keelung, yesterday. Hofman was reportedly upset that a “commerical circus” had been set up around his artwork in the Northern Taiwan port city. The artist was absent at the inauguration ceremony for the giant rubber duck in Keelung. (CNA)

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