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(Telegraph)   Statue of Adolf Hitler praying on his knees goes on display in the former Warsaw Ghetto. Not surprisingly, some do Nazi any artistic value in the work   ( telegraph.co.uk) divider line
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2012-12-29 01:33:11 AM  
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Here's how you can tell if an art piece is "senselessly provocative"--would it be offensive if the title were removed? If yes, then it's offensive on its face and shouldn't be displayed, or at least not in the location where it is being shown. If no, then it is the NAME of the work that is offensive, and the work should be left as--in this case--its intent is to create discussion.

In this case, if the statue wasn't called "Hitler Praying", nobody would know at first glance it was Hitler. It could be a child, or just a person reflecting on the horrors that went on in Warsaw. That it is specified as Hitler means it's intended to make people think. Why is Hitler praying? Why is he looking out that barred gate? Is he in Hell now, praying for forgiveness? Wishing he'd done things differently?

Now, if it had been Hitler standing in triumph, say, or obviously Hitler in some kind of victory pose, then it would be inappropriate; or if it was near the train platforms where Jews were shipped to their deaths, that would be more overtly offensive. But I don't think this location or pose is overtly provocative as it is.
2012-12-28 04:45:10 PM  
2 votes:
That just might be the most epic troll in history.
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2012-12-28 04:42:41 PM  
2 votes:
I did "not see" what the artwork looked like in the article
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Praying? God wins.
2012-12-30 07:03:50 AM  
1 vote:
I prefer to view it as him kneeling, begging for his life.
2012-12-28 07:42:43 PM  
1 vote:

The Hitler representation is visible from a hole in a wooden gate across town on Prozna Street. Viewers only see the back of the small figure praying in a courtyard. Because of its small size, it appears to be a harmless schoolboy.

"Every criminal was once a tender, innocent and defenceless child," the centre said in a commentary on the work.

Poland's chief rabbi, Michael Schudrich, said he was consulted on the installation's placement ahead of time and did not oppose it because he saw value in the artist's attempt to try to raise moral questions by provoking viewers.

He said he was reassured by curators who told him there was no intention of rehabilitating Hitler but rather of showing that evil can present itself in the guise of a "sweet praying child."

I think that actually makes sense, but without any context it does come off as trolling.
2012-12-28 07:41:16 PM  
1 vote:
Youtube will show Hitler's outrage in Downfall parody in 3...2....1
2012-12-28 06:14:39 PM  
1 vote:
It certainly did get a lot of people arguing and talking about it. I think the artist did his job.
2012-12-28 05:49:42 PM  
1 vote:

Sid_6.7: downstairs: I'd like to know the artist's intentions and what the artist thinks it means first.

RTFA perhaps?

Pffffft, I didn't join Fark so I could read the articles.

Ok, kidding.  I just did.  Indeed, I don't think its offensive.
2012-12-28 05:29:45 PM  
1 vote:
It would make a great firing range target.
2012-12-28 05:07:57 PM  
1 vote:
Thought-provoking? Certainly. An insult to the memory of Holocaust victims? I don't think it goes that far, if at all.
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