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Louvre pulls sculpture doing ‘doggy-style sex’ from garden exhibition

‘Obscene, pornographic? No’



The Louvre in Paris has removed a sculpture from its gardens because it was deemed too sexually explicit, but the artwork has now found a new home at the Pompidou Centre.

Domestikator, a creation from Dutch artist Joep van Lieshout, was originally expected to stand in the 13th century Tuileries Gardens adjacent to Paris’s Louvre museum as part of a contemporary art fair this month.

However, the striking structure – which depicts a red figure penetrating a four-legged creature ‘doggy-style’ (from behind) – was a little too raunchy for the most visited museum in the world.

‘I was surprised first of all, and then of course disappointed, because it (Louvre Museum) couldn’t show the artwork,’ van Lieshout told Reuters TV. ‘I couldn’t explain my ideas to (the) larger public,’ he said of the Louvre’s decision to pull out.

‘Obscene, pornographic? Well, obscenity is everywhere, pornography, sadly, is everywhere, certainly not in this work of art,’ said Bernard Blistene, director of the Pompidou Centre Museum.

‘This work of art is funny, it is an obvious nod to the relationship of abstraction and figurative painting that co-exist in Dutch art in the 20th century. Spiritual yes, obscene no.’

The sculpture hadn’t attracted any controversy while it was on display for three years in Bochum, Germany.


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