Censorship in Europe

As Magdalena Moskalewicz, who works at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, writes on her Facebook-Page, censorship took place in Poland. She
is an art historian, curator and editor specializing in 20th and 21st century art from Central and Eastern Europe.

“The National Museum in Warsaw removes a classic of the 1970s Neo-avantgarde, Natalia LL’s “Consumer Art.” The new-ish Director, a no-name art historian with little experience appointed by the minister in November to huge disapproval of the art circles, decided that “There is no place for presenting gender-related topics in a National museum.” (Footnote: “ideology of gender” is a term used widely by Polish conservatives and the Catholic Church as the most recent weapon in culture wars, they love equating LGBTQ with pedophiles and dismiss WHO guidelines for sexual education at schools together with EU conventions against domestic violence.) The removal was allegedly ordered by the Ministry of Culture, after a letter of complaint sent to the museum by a worried mother, whose 10-year old son was traumatized at a school visit to the museum by the view of naked women’s bodies, and a few other “scandalizing” pieces of contemporary art. Honestly, the Director and Minister himself immediately reacting to a concerned mother’s single call — this would be hilariously funny if this wasn’t real. The letter itself sure sounds exactly like those letters written to Polish press by concerned comrades in the early 1950s against abstract art. It’s just back then no one believed they were actually authored by the steel factory workers or coal miners. First time as tragedy, second time as farce.”

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