On Friday, four “Social Nationalists” in Sweden took it upon themselves to destroy works by Afro-Cuban artist Andres Serrano, the artist known for his controversial 1989 work “Piss Christ”, because they deemed it degenerate. The works destroyed were part of an exhibition in Lund, Sweden, called “The History of Sex”.
The vandalism was documented by the attackers and posted on the internet (above).
The NYT reports: “No guards were on duty in the gallery, said Viveca Ohlsson, the show’s curator, although security videos captured much of the incident. ‘There was one woman who works at the gallery who tried to stop them until she saw the axes and crowbars,’ Ms. Ohlsson said. ‘These men are dangerous.’ By the time the masked men had finished, half the show — seven 50-by-60-inch photographs, worth some $200,000 over all — had been destroyed. The men left behind leaflets reading, ‘Against decadence and for a healthier culture.’ The fliers listed no name or organization.”
The vandals have not yet been apprehended. Police say they are likely neo-Nazis.