Sweden Temporarily Removes Swastika Paintings from Stockholm Museum
Source:Artforum Date: 2009-09-10 Size:
The Swedish Foreign Ministry requested this week to temporarily remove two paintings containing swastikas from the museum of modern art in Stockholm.

 

The Swedish Foreign Ministry requested this week to temporarily remove two paintings containing swastikas the museum of modern art in Stockholm. The appeal came following the diplomatic incident between Israel and Sweden ignited by an article accusing the IDF of "organ harvesting," published earlier this month in a prominent Swedish tabloid.

The Swedish foreign ministry said this week that the paintings might spark discomfort at the conference for the European Union foreign ministers to be held in the city at the end of the week. The museum spokesman confirmed the request and added that a painting containing female genitalia was also removed from the exhibition."The foreign ministry asked us to remove the paintings from the exhibition," the museum spokesman told Haaretz, "to avoid offending Sweden's guests at the conference this weekend."

The spokesman added that the request to remove the paintings was not against freedom of speech, as their removal was only part of the preceding preparations taking place for the convention. The spokesman also said that the museum will be closed to the public during the specific weekend.

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