Three days after it opened on Aug. 1, a section of the Aichi Triennale 2019 arts festival, which is taking place in and around the city of Nagoya, was closed due to controversy over one of its exhibits and an anonymous threat.
The section is titled “After ‘Freedom of Expression?’”, which is meant to convey the idea that the 20 or so works contained therein have been removed from public display in the past due to “censorship or self-censorship,” according to the organizers. The main piece of contention is “Statue of a Girl of Peace,” a South Korean work that represents “comfort women.”
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