The British Museum was removed from the exhibition a legendary picture because of the actions of feminists

On the work of John William Waterhouse “Gila and the nymph”, which is one of the most famous masterpieces of the pre-Raphaelites, girls seduce deity of the ancient Greek hero, calling him to come to him in the water. For many years it hung on the walls of a Museum, but now visitors were greatly surprised to see instead an empty space.


Painting by John William Waterhouse “Gila and the nymphs”.

Well, not exactly empty. Where once was the picture that now adorns the appeal from the management of the gallery in which it encourages its guests to write on the stickers their opinion in how to interpret works of art of the past in contemporary reality, at a time when relevant concepts such as feminism, sexism, etc. Such a gesture immediately caused a storm of emotions from indifferent public and a flurry of comment on the wall of an art space and in the global web. Many wonder about the fact that the exhibit was withdrawn, vividly Express their displeasure and criticize such a decision. In response, Claire Hannaway, the Keeper of the gallery, explained in an interview with foreign media that the protest was organized to provoke debate, and in any case not to expose the art of censorship: “it is not to deny the existence of specific works. Just seems to me that before we had not paid due attention to the problems svyazannym discrimination against women, sexual violence… To a certain extent became the catalyst flashmobs Time’s Up and MeToo. They pursued the feminist community. They encouraged women to not be silent about committed or perpetrated violence on them… It all came together one by one. It seems to me, art is a fertile ground for discussing these topics.” Reasoning Claire can seem a little confusing, in addition, if you analyze the plot of the piece, the victim here are not girls, and Vice versa — the man the Greek hero. However — what’s done is done… Moreover, the removal of the painting from the exhibition was called “artistic act” and will even in some form (details not yet disclosed) presented at the exhibition of the artist Sonia Boyce in March.

Although the definition of “sexism” appeared relatively recently, the problem of the phenomenon was raised long ago, but now, it seems, the representatives of the feminist communities in different countries are the most strongly and we see a threat, even where it may not. “Harmful” according to this logic, we can name many films, musical compositions, statues, and even architectural structures and to turn the struggle for “rights” in the Inquisition.

In General, the various associations and organizations have required “cremation” certain works of art, allegedly offending their feelings, violate any ethical norms. For example, in December last year, a scandal erupted in new York when the Metropolitan Museum asked to remove the Balthus painting “Sleeping Teresa” for “romanticizing the sexualization of the child”. The management refused. From the Indonesian Museum in Yogyakarta (of course, an entirely different, but also for ethical reasons) removed the wax figure of Hitler, and from the gallery in the Swedish city of Gothenburg — a picture of the embracing couple, surrounded by verses from the Koran after the Museum began to receive complaints from Muslims about the insult of feelings of believers.

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