Controversial artist Makoto Aida is refusing to bow to demands that he alter a politically sensitive submission to the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo after museum chiefs and Tokyo Metropolitan Government officials deemed it unsuitable for children.
Aida, whose previous work includes pictures of naked schoolgirls on leashes and Japanese fighter planes attacking New York, was invited with his family to submit an installation for an exhibition entitled "An Art Exhibition for Children — Whose Place is this?" which runs at MOT from July 18 through Oct. 12.
The museum's website describes the exhibition as a "summer holiday exhibition for children" that invites visitors to "stand in the spaces and ask 'whose place is this?' " and features the work of four artist groups.