The Lahore High Court in Pakistan is hearing a petition to remove a huge sculpture of Satan that is frightening children outside the Lahore Museum, Daily Pakistan reported.
Ambreen Qureshi, the petitioner, told the court:
This sculpture has nothing to do with our culture whereas the purpose of a museum is to preserve our history and culture.
The 20-foot-high, animal-man hybrid sculpture by Irtbaatul Hassan, a student at Punjab University of Arts and Design, was placed on the grounds of Lahore Museum on 11 January as part of an outdoor statue exhibition. Hassan's sculpture was
intended to highlight the differences between man and animals, which are incapable of self-reflection, according to The News on Sunday.
The controversial sculpture has already been covered up with cloth and taken away, it said.
A McJesus Sculpture Has Provoked Violent Protests in Israel. The gallery is now fending off government censorship as well as the artist's own request to remove the work in solidarity with a pro-Palestinian boycott of Israel.
Jani Leinonen's McJesus (2015) has become the subject of violent protests at Israel's Haifa Museum of Art. the Rev. Archimandrite Agapious Abu Sa'ada of the Greek Melkite Catholic Archeparchy of Acre told Haaretz:
We denounce the exhibition and the injury to the holiest symbol of Christianity by an institution that is supposed to serve citizens of all religions,
Hundreds of Arab Christians were on hand Friday to protest the controversial work, while police mobilized to prevent them from entering the museum and removing the work by force. Three policemen were injured by protesters throwing stones, while
officers Officers, meanwhile, used tear gas and stun grenades to clear the crowd, according to the Independent .
The demonstration followed a letter on Thursday from Israeli culture minister Miri Regev calling for the work to be removed and threatening to revoke the museum's government funding.
McJesus was installed in September as part of the exhibition Sacred Good, which looks at religion and faith through the lens of consumerism. The museum describes the piece as a way to address the collaboration between religious systems and the
So far, the museum has refused to take the work off display, instead meeting with church leaders and officials from the Haifa Municipality and determining that the most appropriate response to is to hang a sign at the exhibition entrance warning
visitors of potentially offensive content.
Beau Stanton's mural of Ava Gardner adorns the Robert F. Kennedy Community School in LA's Koreatown. The mural is an homage to the famed Cocoanut Grove nightclub which stood nearby, and depicts the Old Hollywood film star in profile, palm trees
and moorish architecture overlaid on her face. Behind her head, alternating rays of blue and orange in a sunburst pattern.
Last month, the Wilshire Community Coalition sent a letter to the Los Angeles Unified School District requesting that the mural be censored. The group ludicrously claimed that the pattern was too similar to the Rising Sun Flag of Imperial Japan,
a symbol loaded with pain and trauma for the Korean-American community that they likened it to the Swastika of German Nazism. The group wrote:
This work is extremely offensive and threatening to many survivors, descendants and community stakeholders who stand in absolute opposition of the Japanese Imperialism, Racism, ethnic hatred and crimes against humanity committed by the military
aggression during the World War II
Let's hope these easily offended Koreans never going shopping in the UK
In response to their request, the LAUSD agreed to paint over the mural during winter break.
Los Angeles Times art critic Christopher Knight issued a scathing rebuke to the decision calling it deplorable. An innocent artist is being smeared as a promoter of hate speech, Knight wrote, his work unfairly attacked for something it is not. He
went on to detail the ways in which the mural differed from the Rising Sun Flag, from the number of rays -- 44 vs 32 -- to the colors used, and the myriad sources in which similar motifs can be found. Deceptive claims have been weaponized to shut
down free speech, he concluded. The school mural is not the scandal; LAUSD's imminent censorship is.
The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) has postponed its controversial decision to paint over a mural -- which depicts American actress Ava Gardner s profile against a backdrop of blue and orange stripes emanating from her like
sunbeams204in Los Angeles's Koreatown after it sparked a contentious debate over censorship, the Los Angeles Times reports.
In December, when LAUSD agreed to remove the mural, it started to face backlash. Christopher Knight of the Los Angeles Times penned a piece titled, LAUSD Caves to Claims of Racism on a School Mural. It's Deplorable. In the article, he argued that
an innocent artist is being smeared as a promoter of hate speech, his work unfairly attacked for something it is not.
LAUSD's Monday announcement that it would put off making a decision about the mural until a later date prompted Gyopo -- a group of Korean American artists and arts professionals204to send a letter to the district that acknowledges Stanton did
not intend to evoke the imperial Japanese flag and expresses that the group is troubled by the lack of community involvement in the mural's selection process, the mural's imagery itself and its memorialization of a whites-only club, and the ways
in which the media has directed these narratives.
LACMA's Kim, a Gyopo cofounder, whinged to the Los Angeles Times:
It's been framed as 'censorship versus artistic integrity' in the press. It's a framing that may grab headlines or attention, but it dismisses cultural and individual pain and trauma that's very real that's elicited from an artwork that's
displayed in a very public manner, in a place where there are thousands of students, young people and community members who see it every day.