Manchester Gallery removed the picture with naked nymphs in order to "provoke the discussion" 03/04/2018 automatic translate
MANCHESTER. Manchester Art Gallery removed the work of Waterhouse from the exposition and asked the audience to express their opinion.
The picture depicts naked nymphs luring a handsome young man into a death trap. But did the erotic fantasy of the representative of the Victorian era go too far? Is it too inappropriate and even insulting to the modern viewer, especially if one takes into account the mood of society?
It is with this issue addressed to visitors Manchester Art Gallery, removing from the audience one of the most famous paintings written by the Pre-Raphaelite artist John William Waterhouse, "Hylas and the Nymphs." It is also planned to withdraw the paintings from the sale in the museum store.
The canvas was removed, and instead of it a notice was hung, in which visitors are asked to comment on how they "interpret the exhibits of the gallery collection." People responded and left notes, attaching them to the wall next to the notification.
"A good topic for discussion, but please bring it back to its place. And analyze the context of the picture. "
- "Do not argue from the point of view of a binary gender system!?! Indeed. Glorify the women. "
- "Why not remove the Odyssey and the sirens from Gallery No. 6?" The same concept of the femme fatale? Was it not hard to carry? "
Claire Gunnaway, curator of the gallery, who heads the department of contemporary art, explained that this was done to provoke the discussion, and not impose censorship. "It’s not about rejecting any works of art," she says.
The picture is usually in the hall, which is called "In the pursuit of beauty." Here are the canvases of the late XIX century, in excess, showing female flesh.
Gannaway believes that the name of the hall is far from the most successful, because in these pictures the woman is presented as a passive decorative art form or as a fatal woman. In addition, women portrayed male artists.
"I personally feel uncomfortable about the fact that we did not do it before. We solved some other issues... nobody paid attention to this exhibition space and did not think in the right direction. Now, after a long period of inactivity, we want to do something at least. "
Gunnaway says that the polemics that unfolded around #MeToo pushed them to such a decision. (A popular hashtag, instantly spreading in social networks in October 2017, emphasizing the condemnation of sexual violence and harassment, spread as a result of the scandal and accusations of film producer Harvey Weinstein).
Removing a picture from the audience is an artistic act worthy of presentation at the exhibition, which was done at the recent solo exhibition of Sonya Boyce.
Among those present at the removal of the paintings was the artist Michael Brown. He is worried that the past is being overturned. "I am against the replacement of some works of art by others, and I do not like it when they say to me:" This is wrong, and this is correct. " Using their position, they veto art works of the public collection. Who knows how many days, weeks, months the canvas will be missing? If no one protests, the picture will probably never return to its place. "
Brown expressed his fear that historical pictures are thrown out with the aim of promoting the works of contemporary artists. Other visitors to the gallery are also worried, opinions are mixed. Some say the precedent creates a dangerous precedent. Others support the gallery, considering it "politically correct".
"I know that in the basement there are other pictures that, for the same reasons, are also likely to be considered insulting, and they are not destined to see the daylight."
"We think that she will return, and we dare to hope that she will be represented in a completely different context. We have in mind not only one picture, but the entire context of the gallery. "
"Lady of Shalots" Waterhouse - among the best-selling postcards in the London gallery Tate, but some of the artist’s works cause a sense of embarrassment. He is even accused of almost pornography. Waldemar Januszczak, an art critic, once wrote about the picture of Waterhouse, which tells of the death of St. Eulalia (she was 12 years old): "I was confused and did not know what to do: laugh, cry or call the police."