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Spain: Controversial artwork pulled from exhibition

19 September 2017
Vincent Russell’s painting ‘Comedia Social’ was pulled from an exhibition in Alaior due to its controversial themes on recent cases of political corruption.
Photo: Comedia Social painting/Vincent Russell Facebook

 

Mayor Misericordia Sugrañes in Alaior, a town in Spain’s Balearic Islands, pulled Vincent Russell’s painting ‘Comedia Social’ (Social Comedy) from the ‘Balconades d’Art’ exhibition due to its controversial themes and imagery focusing on recent cases of political corruption in Spain, reported El Mundo.

The painting was initially scheduled to be hung up for the duration of the exhibition from 7 July to 7 August 2017, but was taken down on the first day, and was banned from exhibition in any other venue participating in the exhibition.

Other artists participating in the exhibition responded by flipping their artworks over or removing them. Russell himself, although disappointed by the town hall’s decision, said he was satisfied by the debate that was initiated by his artwork, reported Cadena Ser

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