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Poland: Protesters go bananas after museum removes suggestive artwork02:48

Poland: Protesters go bananas after museum removes suggestive artwork

Poland, Warsaw
April 30, 2019 at 02:32 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of protesters ate bananas outside Warsaw's National Museum on Monday, to protest against the removal from display of an art piece that features a naked woman eating a banana in a suggestive fashion.

Demonstrators outside the museum posed with the yellow fruit and took photos, while decrying what they allege amounts to government censorship.

The 1973 video 'Consumer Art,' by Polish artist Natalia LL, was removed from display last week, shortly after the new director of the museum, Jerzy Mizolek, attended a meeting at Poland's Ministry of Culture, sparking allegations that the removal was due to government pressure.

The piece was subsequently returned to display, but will be removed again on Thursday as part of a general rearrangement of the museum's modern art gallery.

Mizolek, who was appointed director of the public institution by Poland's ruling right-wing government, stated on Monday that the decision was not due to pressure from the culture ministry but was instead for creative reasons.

Poland: Protesters go bananas after museum removes suggestive artwork02:48
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Hundreds of protesters ate bananas outside Warsaw's National Museum on Monday, to protest against the removal from display of an art piece that features a naked woman eating a banana in a suggestive fashion.

Demonstrators outside the museum posed with the yellow fruit and took photos, while decrying what they allege amounts to government censorship.

The 1973 video 'Consumer Art,' by Polish artist Natalia LL, was removed from display last week, shortly after the new director of the museum, Jerzy Mizolek, attended a meeting at Poland's Ministry of Culture, sparking allegations that the removal was due to government pressure.

The piece was subsequently returned to display, but will be removed again on Thursday as part of a general rearrangement of the museum's modern art gallery.

Mizolek, who was appointed director of the public institution by Poland's ruling right-wing government, stated on Monday that the decision was not due to pressure from the culture ministry but was instead for creative reasons.

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