The pump don’t work ’cause the vandals took the handle.

— Bob Dylan

Just in time for the 60th anniversary of Bob Dylan’s “Subterranean Homesick Blues“—which enshrined a vandalized pump within America’s literary canon—an unknown artist in Denmark has vandalized a painting by one of nation’s most revered 20th-century painters.

Ibi-Pippi Hedegaard was arrested last Friday for vandalizing a painting by Asger Jorn’s The Disquieting Duckling, which hangs in the Museum Jorn in Silkeborg, Denmark.

The 1959 painting comprises an “appropriated” image of a country home overpainted with a garish duck.

Jorn belonged to a left-leaning school of painters who’d hoped through their work to challenge the traditional divide between “good” and “bad” art.

Hedegaard, who signed his name to the painting in permanent marker and super-glued a photo of himself to it, claims he was advancing the school’s ideas.

But Hedgaard had no interest in those ideas.

He wanted, instead, to avenge the act of another Danish artist, Katrine Dirckinck-Holmfeld, who tossed the bust of an 18th-century king into a Copenhagen canal in December, in an act of “anti-colonial protest.”

It turns out Hedegaard is part of a right-wing group that gets its jollies by attacking Muslim immigrants, castigating “wokeism,” and performing stunts in blackface.

Museum curators fear Jorn’s painting is irreparably damaged.

Transcending traditional painting, as Jorn strove to do, is all the rage right now. Young artists are favoring “immersive” presentations that go beyond the rectangular canvas hung on a white wall. They’re striving to say that the conventions of fine art are no longer sacred.

But vandalizing traditional paintings is something else. The vandals want to assert they have the right to deface or destroy any work they find objectionable.

It’s easy to laugh about Hedegaard’s stunt, until you remember that Adolph Hitler began adult life as a landscape painter.

Within 30 years, his goons were seizing and burning “degenerate” art—paintings that didn’t suit Hitler’s parochial tastes.

Above: Pump at Bard College by Lisa Bornemann Paterson. The pump stands in front of Bard’s publications building, which in Dylan’s days on campus was a rooming house where the singer-songwriter frequently lodged. The Disquieting Duckling by Asger Jorn. Oil on canvas. 21 x 25 inches. Now defaced.