‘Pornographic’ art exhibition closed – Bill Savadove


From the South China Morning Post, via Asia Media (link):

Shanghai officials have shut down an exhibition by nearly 40 Chinese artists for showing “pornographic” images and other works considered offensive, the second time an show has fallen foul of city authorities in seven months.

Cultural authorities closed “Solo Exhibition” after just one hour on Saturday night by shutting off power at the venue, in part because of photographs of naked women displayed by artist Zhang Ding, organisers said yesterday.

“From the artists’ point of view, these are good works, but cultural inspectors didn’t like them,” said an official from the privately run Zendai Museum, which served as curator of the exhibition.

See also “What’s that floating in the mainstream?” by Shanghaiist (link); – “Shanghai Crackdown: Art fought the law and the law won” by Shanghaiist (link); – more Zhang Ding’s photographs by BizArt; – more related photographs via ESWN blog

May 25, 2006 3:59 PM
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