Scheduled, canceled and finally opened. A controversial exhibition was finally presented to the public this weekend at the Contemporary Art Museum in Barcelona. In particular we can see a sculpture of the former King of Spain Juan Carlos being sodomized. The museum director eventually reverse its controversial decision to cancel the artistic event.
A paper mache sculpture shows Juan Carlos, king of Spain for 39 years, naked, on all fours, being sodomized by the responsible Bolivian trade unionist Domitila Barrios itself penetrated by a German shepherd. Not Dressed for Conquering / Haute Couture 04 Transport had already been presented to the public in December at the Biennial Art of Sao Paulo in Brazil. Its creator, the Austrian Ines Doujak, had explained that she “plays with the power relations and subverts them.”
Cornered. After learning that she was among the works comprising the exhibition organized in partnership with a German foundation, the director of the Barcelona Museum had asked the commissioners that they take “this very sensitive image.” They refused, preferring to completely offset the exposure. Bartomeo Mari then took them literally before changing position: “The opinion came from many different sectors of society, from the world of art and culture to politics and the media, as well as those international professionals from the world of art made me reconsider my initial decision not to inaugurate “the exhibition, he said Saturday in an open letter.
” I never saw my gesture as a gesture of censorship, “says Bartomeu Mari’s letter. “I perceived as a disagreement on the presence of a concrete implementation and consequences of its possible readings,” he said, presenting his “sincere apologies” and offering his resignation to the museum, which had still not ruled on the point that Sunday. Named The beast and the sovereign , the exhibition was opened to the public Saturday.