The first erotic art exhibition to be held in Spain has run into trouble with the Madrid authorities.
The first erotic art exhibition to be held in Spain has run into trouble with the Madrid authorities. Plainclothes police visited the gallery a few days before the exhibition was due to open and ordered the removal of seven pictures. On later visits they placed further bans on other pictures and models. The exhibition includes works by Salvador Dali and Picasso.
SYNOPSIS: The opening of the first erotic art exhibition to be held in Spain has been hampered by the authorities. The exhibition, in Madrid, attracted works by Spanish and overseas artists including Salvador Dali and Picasso. When the authorities first visited the exhibition they ordered the removal of seven items...some on the grounds that they were cannibalistic.
Others were removed on morality grounds.
Over the next few days before the exhibition opened the authorities removed further items including dummies and pictures. All were considered offensive to morality.
Not all the censored exhibits were taken out of the showing. The organisers managed to persuade the authorities that with some adjustments they could meet the standards...though perhaps the artists wouldn't agree to the covering of some of their works. The organisers made sure that the viewing public knew that the exhibition had been censored. Signs placed on vacant stands or in spaces where paintings had been removed told the story.
These two dummies of small boys were removed because the authorities considered them too "cannibalistic."
The censored items weren't taken from the building but were placed in a back room. There's been no reaction from the artists whose works have been censored.
The exhibition has attracted an average crowd of three hundred since it opened.