‘Queen’s vagina’ sculpture vandalised with anti-Semitic graffiti

The 'Queen's vagina' sculpture, as it has become known
The 'Queen's vagina' sculpture, as it has become known

Anti-Semitic phrases have been spray-painted onto a provocative sculpture by British-Indian artist Anish Kapoor in the gardens of the Palace of Versailles.

It is the second time the artwork, a 70-metre metallic cavern called "Dirty Corner," has been vandalised.

The sculpture prompted controversy when it was installed, for its style, its incongruity with the traditional glamour of Versailles and because Kapoor told a French newspaper it suggests "the vagina of the queen (Marie Antoinette)".

It was spray-painted in June, and targeted again today.

France has seen rising concerns about anti-Semitism in recent years.

Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin called the new vandalism "ignominious" and said it shows a "fascist vision of culture". She authorities would pursue the perpetrators.

It is on display until November.