‘Woke’ German museum under fire over unsanctioned campaign to rename over 100 ‘racist’ artworks – reports — RT World News

A German museum that renamed some 143 classic artworks it considered to have “racist or otherwise discriminatory” titles has been accused of “identity theft” after making the “far-reaching intervention” without a public mandate.

Since early 2020, curators at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) – a cultural museum under the German state of Saxony – have completely changed the titles of 120 pieces of art and made partial changes to 23 other works in an apparent effort to make them ‘politically correct’. The 1.5-million-strong historical work inventory is kept at the SKD.

Museum has begun to remove content, which includes the terms. “gypsy,” “Eskimo,” “Indian”Referring to Indigenous People “Moor” –And has reportedly even ditched references to “natives” and “dark-skinned”People.

A 17th century Dutch painting is an example. “Dog, Dwarf and Boy”This has been renamed “Dog, Short Man and Boy,”A bronze sculpture is known as “Black Venus”changed to “African Woman with a Mirror.”

According to MDR News outlet, the extent of revisions can vary. They reported that original titles are placed in quotation marks and a note identifying them. “historical titles.”Other names, or titles that were never given, may have been used in the future. “taboo”An asterisk hides words also available
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It has been criticized by some Germans, and the AfD right-wing party took it to task last month for its example. “left cancel culture.” The party’s state unit reportedly called on the government of Saxony to reverse the “outrageous”Take action “language police.”

In response to the AfD’s demand for answers in the state parliament, the Saxon State Ministry for Science, Culture and Tourism, which has oversight authority over the SKD museum, reportedly claimed to have “neither initiated nor carried out such a review.” 

A number of prominent German historians have contributed to the cause. Reinhard Spieler, a member of the German Museum Association Board, told MDR “certain words should not be taboo”Noting in cultural institutions that “point of museums”It was “make it clear that other cultures and times have represented different values.” He acknowledged, however, that it was a difficult issue and that it’s conceivable that titles may change over time.

“Do the renaming staff from the service not notice how much they make a mockery of themselves and their actually good intentions?” historian Michael Wolffsohn told Bild newspaper. also available
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Marion Ackermann, Director of SKD, defended the campaign. “normal museum work.” Writing in Dresden’s Sachsische Zeitung paper, Ackermann noted that “the utmost awareness of language” was central to the museum’s goals.

Ackermann stated that language was continually revised “in order not to hurt people”Its reproduction is possible and it can be used to create new ones. “discriminatory terms from historical titles are faded out by four asterisks.”

But, it has been alleged that the renaming campaign is a scam. “identity theft” by an online petition that demands the state’s culture ministry force the “all too woke”SKD museum management will reverse it “excesses”And “prevent further works of art from being renamed in the future.”

For its undertaking, blast the museum “far-reaching intervention”Without “public conversation”Or “mandate”The Saxon “owners”The petition stated that these artworks were not acceptable. “interventions in language design are fundamentally ascribed to authoritarian regimes.”

Since its launch last month, the petition has received 7,346 votes of support. also available
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