Censorship

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Censorship

Artists call for Kyrgyz minister of culture’s resignation in wake of censorship scandal

Open letter argues that censorship of the exhibition Feminnale violated a number of constitutional protections

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Poland

Lublin governor files defamation suit against art historian sparking free speech fears in Poland

Case against Tomasz Kitliński follows row over installation that marked pogrom sites in the city

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Censorship

Censored queer photographs get second chance at Miami's Nada fair

City officials cancelled a planned display by Pacifico Silano in Bal Harbour last year

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Censorship

UN condemns threats against Kyrgyz museum director who staged feminist art exhibition

Museum hosted a 'Feminnale' that included performance work highlighting plight of sex workers

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Exhibitions

#MeToo show manages to evade authorities in Shanghai

Previous iterations of the show were closed early by authorities

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China

Why museum partnerships between China and the West are booming

Cultural institutions have embraced mutual benefits of collaboration, despite challenges of communication and censorship

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Museums

Michael Rakowitz wants to pause his video work at MoMA PS1 as a protest against museum's ties to 'toxic philanthropy'

"It's censorship", the artist says of curators' denials to suspend work that is part of show on the artistic legacy of the Gulf War

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Censorship

Beijing officials deny permit for show of Chinese-American artist amid political tensions

Exhibition of Hung Liu at UCCA Center for Contemporary Art has been censored by the government at the last minute

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Hong Kong

'The future of Hong Kong is already set': Ai Weiwei responds to escalating violence against democracy protesters

In Hong Kong, university campuses have become literal battlegrounds in the protracted clash between police and protesters over the region’s future

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Exhibitions

Photojournalist Shahidul Alam—who served time for his activism—gets retrospective at the Rubin Museum

After spending months in a Bangladeshi jail, the artist continues to speak out against injustice

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Censorship

Feminist exhibition in China suddenly axed following alleged governmental pressure

Show in Shanghai cancelled after being deemed "too sensitive" to run during 70th anniversary of country's founding

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Censorship

'I wanted to break down white male ideas': sexually explicit Johannesburg show is pulled

Work by artist Anton Kannemeyer has also been removed from London's 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair after complaints

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Censorship

Instagram censorship U-turn? Female nude posted by Palazzo Strozzi finally given greenlight

Museum officials say that the 1910 image by Russian artist Natalia Goncharova, on show at Tate Modern, was initially censored by the social media giant

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Controversies

Eleven artists withdraw or modify their works at Aichi Triennale in ongoing censorship row

Cuban activist Tania Bruguera closes down her exhibit while other artists reconfigure works to reflect the controversy

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Censorship

Artists wade into row over Japanese triennial dedicated to freedom of speech

More than 70 participants including Candice Breitz and Tania Bruguera have signed a statement demanding reopening of Aichi Triennale's exhibition

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Censorship

Long-running Facebook battle over censored Courbet painting gets happy ending

Social media giant pays out after closing French teacher's account for posting photo of the Origin of the World

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Censorship

New US visa policy could stifle outspoken artists on social media

Several high-profile artists including Ai Weiwei have spoken out against the policy

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Censorship

Tania Bruguera fights censorship by launching investigative journalism project in Cuba

The artist and activist, whose School of Integration runs at Manchester International Festival, will organise workshops and awards for new writers

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Censorship

'Museum directors have lost panache and grit': 30 years on, the legacy of the Corcoran's Robert Mapplethorpe cancellation

New exhibition at the George Washington University looks back the censorship of the photographer's work—but what impact did it have on the art world?

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In the frame

Spencer Tunick’s nip slip

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Censorship

Artists take stand against social media censorship

Instagram and others are quick to ban female nudity, at a high price for the arts

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Censorship

Video of Polish artist Natalia LL eating a banana temporarily goes back on show after protests over museum’s ‘censorship’

Almost 1,000 people attended banana-eating demonstration outside Warsaw’s National Museum yesterday

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Law

Art vs porn: Iowa prisoners mount legal challenge to nude image ban

A new statute means inmates cannot access art, literature and even medical journals that contain nudity

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Havana Biennial

The 2019 Havana Biennial is a smokescreen for government censorship

Art fares poorly when parroting official narratives, especially when that messaging is opposed to the values of free speech and an open society

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Havana Biennial

Activist artist arrested on eve of Havana Biennial

As the cultural event gets under way, a Cuban-American artist is also blocked from entering Cuba

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Biennials & festivals

Why we need an independent biennial in Havana

The San Isidro Group of Cuban artists explain their plans for the Bienal Sin 349

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Photography

Remembering Tiananmen Square in a new age of censorship

It's been 30 years since the event that saw thousands of protestors clamour for democracy in Beijing

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Censorship

'Hong Kong is free—on paper'

Certain subjects have become off-limits—but no one knows exactly what can or cannot be discussed

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Censorship

Self-censorship on the rise as Hong Kong grows closer to China

Artists voice concern for Hong Kong’s artistic landscape amid so-called “mainlandification” of the SAR

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Censorship

Exclusive interview: photographer Shahidul Alam speaks out about prison, being tortured and the human rights situation in Bangladesh

Artist was granted bail in November after being held in custody in Dhaka for 102 days

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Censorship

Protests against Cuba’s censorship law continue as Havana Bienal opening nears

A new report by the non-profit organisation Pen America calls for the repeal of Decree 349 while Cuban artists ask for solidarity from biennial participants

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Censorship

Turkish artist Zehra Dogan is released from prison after more than two years

The journalist, accused of spreading propaganda, was backed by Banksy

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Censorship

Ai Weiwei’s contribution to Berlin movie scrapped amid censorship fears

“It was infuriating to find our involvement had been erased,” Ai says

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Protest

Hundreds of Christians protest against McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art in Israel

Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has asked museum to remove the work—with no response

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China

'Hundreds' of cultural figures caught up in China’s Uyghur persecution

Most of the north-west Chinese region's Uyghur writers, artists and scholars have already been imprisoned

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Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera pulls out of the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, vowing to stay in Cuba and fight censorship law Decree 349

The activist says that the government crackdown continues with the creation of a “cultural police”

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Art market

Censorship could stifle China's art market

Under president Xi Jinping's increasingly stringent regime, galleries must negotiate a slow and capricious approval process to show works of art

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Politics

College gallery closes exhibition after complaints about ‘false flag’ work

The artist, Daniel Bejar, sees the early dismantling of his show in Westchester as an example of institutional censorship

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Censorship

Artist accuses Florida officials of censoring his photographs of queer life

Organisers at Bal Harbour show asked Pacifico Silano to remove his images with partial nudity and descriptions referring to pornography

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Censorship

Wolfgang Tillmans and Tania Bruguera pledge support for censored Serralves Museum director

João Ribas has stepped down following censorship row around Robert Mapplethorpe show

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Censorship

Cuban activists issue manifesto against artistic censorship

Document denounces effort to ‘punish free creation’

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Marina Abramovic

‘We’re all in the same boat’: Marina Abramovic poster angers Italian right-wing politician

Trieste deputy mayor Paolo Polidori calls image commissioned for sailing regatta “political propaganda”

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Censorship

Facebook censors artist's work criticising male-dominated society because it features naked breasts

The social media giant also deleted her comments and friends

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Vandalism

List of 34,361 dead refugees and migrants goes back on show in Liverpool after being destroyed

Reasons and perpetrators behind the removal of the key biennial work remain unclear

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Politics

German Green Party politicians launch petition 'for freedom of the arts'

Online campaign criticises right-wing governments in Austria, Hungary and Poland and warns that Germany could be next

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Censorship

Instagram deletes photographer Dragana Jurisic's account and Facebook censors her work

Image is no more contentious than those shared on the platforms by celebrities such as Kim Kardashian, supporters say

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Law

ACLU files art censorship lawsuit against the city of New Orleans

A citizen is facing potential jail time over a mural referencing Trump’s 2005 Access Hollywood tape

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Facebook

French court makes mixed ruling in Courbet ‘censorship’ case

The social media giant was found to be at fault for closing a schoolteacher’s account but his claims for €20,000 in damages were dismissed

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Controversies

Adel Abdessemed’s blazing chickens withdrawn from Lyon show

Violent animal video triggers another avalanche of criticism for provocative Algerian artist

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Censorship

Facebook censors 30,000 year-old Venus of Willendorf as 'pornographic'

Nude statue is latest artwork to be deemed inappropriate by social media giant

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Censorship

Santiago Sierra work censored at Arco fair to be shown at Catalan museum

Media mogul Tatxo Benet says that censorship is damaging for artists—and the viewing public

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Controversies

Palais de Tokyo removes work showing artist protesting against Dana Schutz's Open Casket painting

Parker Bright says protest image of him taken at Whitney Biennial was used by Neil Beloufa without permission

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Law

Paris court hears arguments in Facebook censorship case centering on Courbet’s Origin of the World

The social media giant has argued for dismissal, saying the plaintiff should have sued its European web host

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Controversies

Jock Sturges’s nudes incite strong feelings in Moscow, again

Activist targets American photographer’s latest show for second time amid claims of promoting paedophilia

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Art market

Abu Dhabi Art censors work by Saudi Arabian artist

Abdulnasser Gharem’s painting about Sunni-Shia divide was removed from Brigitte Schenk's stand at organisers' request

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Censorship

Brazilian arts group calls out censorship by 'arrogant fundamentalists' in open letter

More than 1,000 artists, curators and professionals have signed the protest document published by the pro-democracy collective Pela Democracia

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Controversies

Censored 'sexual' sculpture finds new home at the Centre Pompidou

Domestikator piece was withdrawn by the Louvre from its surrounding gardens

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Controversies

Sexually explicit sculpture pulled from Fiac after Louvre raises concerns

Domestikator was due to go on show in garden close to Paris museum as part of contemporary fair's public programme

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Artists

Why taking down Sam Durant’s Scaffold was the right thing to do

The director of the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis defends the decision to let the Dakota people claim the controversial sculpture

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Politics

Korean government apologises for culture blacklist

Around 10,000 cultural figures thought to be critical of country’s president deprived of government support

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Indian right-wing groups target Jaipur Art Summit over semi-nude painting

Artist attacked for creating “obscene” work and pictures snatched off the walls during incident

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Censorship

Artistic censorship is on the rise, advocacy group reports

A study by the Copenhagen-based organisation Freemuse paints a bleak picture for global creative expression

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Censorship

Qatar would like to be one of the world’s leading arts destinations—but can that ever be achieved without freedom of expression?

Cristina Ruiz attended the Art for Tomorrow conference and found a resounding silence from the Qatari and Western art world alike on this crucial issue

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Museums seek help as censorship grows in Turkey

Research group to publish guide for artists and museums facing legal action

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Censorship

Cairo’s Townhouse Gallery remains shut contrary to reports

Gallery’s director says contemporary art space awaiting official permission to reopen

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Law

Facebook can be sued over censorship of nudes, Paris court rules

Meanwhile, Philadelphia Museum fights back after "suggestive" ice cream painting is removed from the site

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Art

Artcurial charity auction cancelled after work showing Palestinian activist is pulled

French press partners pull out of sale “in the name of freedom of expression” following lobbying from Israeli embassy

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Politics

Designers needed for travelling pavilion dedicated to Charlie Hebdo

Project on free speech launches on the first anniversary of terrorist attacks at Paris satirical magazine

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Exhibitions

A question of censorship: 25 years after the Mapplethorpe trial

The culture wars may be over, but the debate over what public institutions can show lives on

News

Brick by brick: Ai Weiwei crowdsources Lego for new political work

Toy maker has refused to supply materials for artist’s installation in Melbourne

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Law

Self-censoring museums have to be braver

The fear of public opinion or the hint of legal action can cause nervous curators and directors to cancel shows when they might not need to

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Censorship

Artists banned by UAE receive support of Documenta curators

Okwui Enwezor and Adam Szymczyk among those urging museums working in the Gulf to do more to help lift travel restrictions

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Funding

Fear of censorship fuels debate over cash from oil industry

Companies accused of dictating museums’ programmes in return for support

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Artists can snoop on their neighbours, court rules

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Artist interview

‘No lawyer will represent me’

Tania Bruguera speaks to The Art Newspaper about life in Cuba after her arrest and the calls for a boycott of the Havana biennial in May