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UK Gallery Scraps Art Out Of Fear Of Muslims

From those yearning for the caliphate at Reuters:

The sculpture of Hans Bellmer titled 'La Poupee' [The Doll], 1936, front, is on display in the Fondation Beyeler gallery in Riehen, Basel, Switzerland, Thursday, Oct. 5, 2006.

UK gallery scraps art, fearing Muslim rage-curator

Fri 6 Oct 2006

PARIS, Oct 6 (Reuters) – A London gallery has decided not to show some works of art because it fears they would upset Muslims, a curator said on Friday, a week after a German opera house canned a Mozart production for the same reason.

The director of Britain's Whitechapel Art Gallery decided to remove works by surrealist artist Hans Bellmer from an exhibition the day before it was due to open, one of the museum's curators, Agnes de la Beaumelle, told Reuters.

"The motive was simply to not shock the population of the Whitechapel neighbourhood, which is partly Muslim," she said.

The Whitechapel area in east London is home to many ethnic minorities including a large Bangladeshi community.

The gallery issued a statement saying that some works were not included in the exhibition because of space constraints but declined to comment specifically on what Beaumelle said…

Beaumelle said the exhibition had already been to Paris and Munich without provoking any protests and Bellmer, who died in 1975, is well-known in the art world, which made the decision by gallery director Iwona Blazwick all the more surprising to her.

Bellmer's work includes dolls of naked young girls.

"It surprised me because Bellmer's work is very well known. She already knew it well and by committing to take our exhibition she must have known what would be on the walls," Beaumelle said.

"I tried to protest," she said, adding that the move was "a little excessive but there's no need to make a fuss about it".

The gallery may also have removed some art depicting young girls because it was worried about the reaction of anti-paedophile groups, Beaumelle added.

The exhibition runs from Sept. 20 until Nov. 19, according to the gallery's Web site.

Hey, I thought the purpose of modern art is to shock. But apparently that only applies to Christians.

Still, isn't hilarious to watch the self-styled courageous "artists" so eagerly cave to the Islamo-Fascists?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, October 6th, 2006. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “UK Gallery Scraps Art Out Of Fear Of Muslims”

  1. joeyindc says:

    See, everyone is supposed to give up things for the sake of offending muslims. They are succeeding in their training of everyone in the world. “don’t do that someone will kill you if you offend Islam”

    NO, we should be allowed to do whatever we want if it is legal and not have to worry about these crazy people calling for the deaths of whoever offends them. They need to get over themselves and realize that non muslims don’t practice Islam and shouldn’t be expect to.

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