Art has various means of gaining the attention of people. Most of the time, it impresses the audience. Otherwise, it would leave a shock that would stay in history forever. Basically, there are controversial artworks that proved to be bizarre is one way of representing what talent is.

Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain. This fine art inspired by a urinal shocked the world in 1917. Duchamp is among Dada’s members, which were challenged to alter people’s perspective on what can or cannot be deemed as art. As a result, he bought a JL Mott Ironmongers urinal, which was later on exhibited. This was described as offensive and indecent.

Andres Serrano’s Piss Christ. The 1987-exhibited artwork was portrayed by a crucifix submerged in the urine of Serrano. Instantly, Christians considered this disrespectful, and conservative U.S. senators condemned the artwork. The photo’s print was destroyed in 2011 by Catholic fundamentalists in France.

Guerrilla Girls’ Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get Into the Met. Museum? The artwork made in 1989 was a movement by an unknown female artists league, which was formed in 1984. The poster is a response to a survey revealing that out of 169 artists, there are only 13 women. Nonetheless, this was rejected for a New York billboard. Consequently, the women rented buses in New York for the ad and hung it around the city at night with their signature masks on.

Marcus Harvey’s Myra. The 1995-made portrait of Myra Hindley, a child murderer, made up of child’s handprints was exhibited in 1997 at London’s Royal Academy of Art. This was thrown with eggs and ink during the first day of display. Even the criminal herself wrote an appeal to have it removed.

Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d’Avignon. The painting shows prostitutes in a brothel located in Barcelona. The artwork was obviously criticized for its obscene theme and unthinkable female sexuality vulgarity.

There are more works of art that have been documented despite being banned. Expectedly, there are others that will soon be made by artists who pursue a change in view or scandalous act.


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