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Swedish artist Dan Park refers to the Holocaust in some of his work

Swedish artist Dan Park refers again to the Holocaust in some of his work JANEK SKARZYNSKI AFP

Warsaw (AFP)

Jewish groups possess issued an begin letter voicing criticism of an exhibition opening in Warsaw on Friday that involves works by the Swedish artist Dan Park, who has been convicted for despise speech.

One amongst Park’s works on show on the “Political Work” unique depicts the Norwegian merely-cruise extremist killer Anders Behring Breivik as a vogue model for the Lacoste clothing mark.

“We build no longer agree to enhance for folk who unfold hatred, intolerance and hostility,” read the letter signed by, among others, Poland’s chief rabbi Michael Schudrich and Zygmunt Stepinski, director of the POLIN museum of the historical past of Polish Jews.

The letter acknowledged it turned into “unbelievable and sad” that Park needs to be featured in an exhibition.

“In Poland — a nation the put on story of Nazi policy six million voters were killed — the actions of such creators as Dan Park insults the feelings of all Poles,” it acknowledged.

Park has been convicted several cases for his engaging words and actions, including in 1996 when he wore a bomber jacket that choices a swastika, bearing the words ‘Heil Hitler’ and ‘SS’ and the skull-and-crossbones Totenkopf symbol.

He informed the court docket he wore it as a provocation, no longer because he sympathised with Nazism.

Park is successfully preferred by a ways-merely actions.

The exhibition on the Ujazdowski Castle Centre for Up to the moment Work is described by organisers as a occasion of free speech and a platform for artists who fall victim to “abolish custom”.

“Artists who contradict these inclinations and advocate unrestrained expression and anti-mainstream ideas continuously pay the supreme fee for testing the boundaries of tolerance and confronting political dogmas,” the museum acknowledged.

The museum’s director Piotr Bernatowicz turned into installed in 2019 by Poland’s populist merely-cruise ruling birthday party, Regulation and Justice (PiS) — a controversial appointment that drew accusations of the authorities making an are trying to coopt cultural institutions into its conservative agenda.

The unique, which is funded by the Polish custom ministry, aspects 28 artists, including Swedish cartoonist Lars Vilks, who in 2007 sparked controversy alongside with his drawing of Muslim Prophet Mohammad.

He has been the aim of several tried assaults, the most up-to-date in Copenhagen in February 2015 at some level of a conference dubbed “Work, blasphemy and freedom”.

The exhibition also involves a conceptual art work mission by Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth, who paid 340 impoverished villagers in Uganda to legally alternate their names to “Hornsleth”.

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