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[[File: Hans-bellmer-la-poupee.jpg|right|''La Poupee'', Hans Bellmer]]
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'''Artist:''' Hans Bellmer (1902 - 1975)
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'''Confronting Bodies:''' Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery
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'''Dates of Action:''' September, 2006
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'''Location:''' Whitechapel Gallery, London, England
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'''Description of Artwork:''' Surreal, ghoulish depictions of human anatomy, such as life-size nude dolls.  <P>
  
'''Confronting Bodies:''' Plutarch, United States customs, Nazi occupation authorities, Greek military
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'''The Incident:''' The exhibition, originally mounted at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, arrived at the Whitechapel in September.  Twelve pieces were then removed from the exhibition the day before it opened to the public.  The gallery cited simply lack of space, however, Agnès de la Baumelle, the curator of the exhibition, stated the works had been personally removed by Iwona Blazwick, the Whitechapel Gallery Director, as an act of censorship.  According to Baumelle, Blazwick had described the works in question as "sulphurous" and had declared that they would be dangerous to exhibit not just because of their "paedophile" overtones but also because the area of Whitechapel has a large Muslim population. <P>
  
'''Dates of Action:''' A.D. 66, 1942, 1954, 1967
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'''Results of Incident:''' The exhibition opened without the offending images. Baumelle herself protested at the works' removal, as did two of the collectors who loaned items for the exhibition. One of the collectors threatened to withdraw all of his loans from the exhibition unless the twelve censored works were reinstated. <P>
  
'''Location:''' Greece, United States
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'''Source:''' http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/hans-bellmer, http://artnectar.com/2011/04/naked-truth-about-art/, http://robberbridegroom.blogspot.com/2006/10/bellmers-sulphurous-scandal.html and Reuters
  
'''Description of Artwork:''' ''The Clouds'' 423 B.C.: Comedy, an attack on the 'modern' education and morals as imported and taught by Sophists. in this play Socrates and his pupils are ridiculed, and at the end of it, their school, the Phrontisterion (thinking school) is burned to the ground. Socrates is pilloried as a typical representative of impious and destructive speculations.
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''The Birds'' 414 B.C.: Comedy of fantasy. Some scholars see it as a political satire on the imperialistic dreams that had led the Athenians to undertake their ill-starred expedition of 415 B.C. against Syracuse Sicily.
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''[[Lysistrata]]'' 411 B.C. Play depicting the seizure of Acropolis and of the treasury of Athens.
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'''The Incident:'''  A.D. 66 His comedies were considered obscene by Plutarch
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1930 United States : Customs ban lifted on ''[[Lysistrata]]''. During the period of prohibition the book was published and sold for as little as thirty-five cents; and the drama was played in New York and Philadelphia as adapted by Gilbert Seldes.
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1942 Athens, Greece : performance of classic Greek plays banned by Nazi occupation authorities.
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1954 United States : Post Office officials seized a copy of the 1926 translation of ''[[Lysistrata]]'', by Jack Lindsay, addressed by Fanfrolico Press, England, to Harry A. Levinson, Beverly Hills bookseller. The Post Office quickly reversed itself and delivered the book, but only because it was "not for general distribution".
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1967 Athens, Greece : The military clique then ruling the country banned a number of classic plays, including those named above, presumably because of their independent and antiwar themes.
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'''Results of Incident:''' 1955 United States : In a successful challenge of the Comstock Act of 1873 which empowered the Postmaster General to rule on obscenity of literature sent through the mail, ''[[Lysistrata]]'' was declared mailable.
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'''Source:''' Banned Books 387 B.C. to 1978 A.D., by Anne Lyon Haight, and Chandler B. Grannis, R.R. Bowker Co, 1978.
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Revision as of 07:39, 21 February 2017

This Week's Featured Case


Date: 2006

Region: Europe

Subject: Religious, Explicit Sexuality

Medium: Photography, Painting and Sculpture


La Poupee, Hans Bellmer

Artist: Hans Bellmer (1902 - 1975) Confronting Bodies: Iwona Blazwick, director of the Whitechapel Gallery Dates of Action: September, 2006 Location: Whitechapel Gallery, London, England

Description of Artwork: Surreal, ghoulish depictions of human anatomy, such as life-size nude dolls.

The Incident: The exhibition, originally mounted at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, arrived at the Whitechapel in September. Twelve pieces were then removed from the exhibition the day before it opened to the public. The gallery cited simply lack of space, however, Agnès de la Baumelle, the curator of the exhibition, stated the works had been personally removed by Iwona Blazwick, the Whitechapel Gallery Director, as an act of censorship. According to Baumelle, Blazwick had described the works in question as "sulphurous" and had declared that they would be dangerous to exhibit not just because of their "paedophile" overtones but also because the area of Whitechapel has a large Muslim population.

Results of Incident: The exhibition opened without the offending images. Baumelle herself protested at the works' removal, as did two of the collectors who loaned items for the exhibition. One of the collectors threatened to withdraw all of his loans from the exhibition unless the twelve censored works were reinstated.

Source: http://www.whitechapelgallery.org/exhibitions/hans-bellmer, http://artnectar.com/2011/04/naked-truth-about-art/, http://robberbridegroom.blogspot.com/2006/10/bellmers-sulphurous-scandal.html and Reuters

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