Naked Mickey Mouse swastika art stirs controversy in Poland

Last Updated: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 00:09

Warsaw: A huge poster of a Nazi swastika
behind a 1940s-style naked pin-up model clad only in a Mickey
Mouse-mask and stretched across a building has stirred
controversy in Poznan, western Poland.

A new art gallery is using the work titled
"NaziSexyMouse" by Italian artist Max Papeschi to advertise an
exhibition, but a city councillor has tried to take legal
action saying it violates a law banning the display of Nazi
symbols.
Vandals have also ripped a gaping hole in the two-storey
high poster, forcing the gallery to put up a new one.

"For Poles, the swastika symbolises the suffering and
death of more than six million Poles," said councillor Norbert
Napieraj.

"Exhibiting this symbol in the city centre is a
particularly disgraceful and disgusting act."

Six million Polish citizens, half of them Jewish, died
under Nazi Germany`s Second World War occupation of their
country.
But the public prosecutor`s spokeswoman Malgorzata
Mikos-Fita told AFP today that no legal action would be taken
against the gallery for publicly displaying the poster as "it
did not break the law."

Gallery curator Maria Czarnecka said that "we don`t have
to remove it as it`s a work of art. If it were just a
swastika, it would be propagating Nazi symbols. The law allows
such symbols to be used in academic and artistic contexts."

PTI



First Published: Saturday, July 10, 2010 - 00:09

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