Remember last year when Spain’s Cecilia Gimenez tried to restore a fresco of Christ located in her local church? If not, welcome to the Internet, Google that one for hours of entertainment. Now Giminez has her own art exhibit. This time she’s displaying paintings she created herself, nor masterpieces created by others that she took a dump on.
On Tuesday Ms Gimenez was welcoming visitors to her own art exhibition in Borja, with two dozen of her other works on show until August 24.
The turnaround is something of a relief for the Spanish retiree, who was overwhelmed by the attention a year ago.
…soon the retouched version grew popular and the image started appearing – without authorisation – on T-shirts and cellphone covers, coffee mugs and wine labels, and people arrived in Borja asking to see the painting.
The council started charging an entrance fee of 1 euro, giving the money to the Sancti Spiritus charitable foundation, which used the windfall to help pay bills at a care home for 60 elderly people.
The council also got lawyers to establish copyright and draw up a merchandising agreement which will see the image put on plates, postcards and cigarette lighters, among other items.
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