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ABODE OF CHAOS DRAWS FIRE IN FRANCE

Artnet News
Sept. 19, 2006

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ABODE OF CHAOS DRAWS FIRE IN FRANCE

Artprice.com founder Thierry Ehrmann has become the center of a controversy over the state of his home in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or, a town with a population of about 1,000 on the outskirts of Lyon, France. It seems that the eccentric Ehrmann, who the London Times reports lives alone with two dogs named Saatchi and Reuters, has transformed his home — an historic 17th-century inn — into something he names the « Abode of Chaos. » About 45 artists have contributed to Ehrmann’s gesamptkunswerk, which reportedly features a pool of blood, wrecked aircraft, a mock oil platform on the roof, recreated remains of the World Trade Center and portraits of Osama bin Laden and Tony Blair. Locals have called it a monument to bad taste, and mayor Pierre Dumont has attempted to use legal means to force Ehrmann to restore his home to its original condition — an initial ruling said that the display had to go, whereas the most recent court order lets it stand as art. The mayor has said that he intends to appeal to the country’s highest court in order to put an end to Ehrmann’s « Abode. »

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