Andres Serrano’s infamous photograph Piss Christ (featuring a crucifix submerged in the artist’s urine) was attacked while on exhibition at gallerist Yvon Lambert‘s 18th-century mansion in Avignon on Sunday. The subject of mounting protests in recent weeks, the work was slashed with a screwdriver by two young assailants who also threatened a gallery security guard with a hammer. (This isn’t the first time the controversial work has come under fire – in 1997 two youths destroyed a previous edition at the NGV in Melbourne). The as-yet un-apprehended vandals involved in Sunday’s skirmish also damaged another Serrano work featuring a meditating nun. Gallery Director Eric Mézil stated that the gallery will re-open today with the destroyed works on show “so people can see what barbarians can do”.