Friday, December 28, 2012

Praying Hitler in Old Warsaw Ghetto? Art Can Be Offensive

A statue of Hitler kneeling down and praying can now be seen in an Ex-Warsaw ghetto in Poland. The work is called “HIM" and was created by an Italian artist named Maurizio Cattelan, and let’s just say the new piece of art there isn’t exactly welcomed. Well duh.

Many visitors have been drawn to the site that you can only see from a distance, and the artist doesn’t make it clear what he is praying for. I mean, what would Hitler be praying for?

"As far as the Jews were concerned, Hitler's only 'prayer' was that they be wiped off the face of the earth.”

Oh yeah! That’s right!

The artist claims that the piece is about the hidden evils of the world. I guess what he means is that no matter how right Hitler thought he was he was still an evil douche and the ends never justify the means, especially in the case of genocide.

Of course, this piece of art work has sparked a lot of emotion and some people find it very offensive. And with good cause too, as Warsaw was the location where Hitler rounded up Jews, and made them live in terribly inhumane conditions before being sent off to a concentration camp to be killed. 

Maybe this should be removed, I don’t know. The truth is that the scars left by Adolf Hitler and his regime are still very fresh for millions of people around the world, and to see this strikes a very sensitive nerve for people.

But the point I’m trying to make is that life goes on for the rest of us, and we will do what we will do. Artists will make art, comedians will tell jokes. It may not be the most tasteful art or tasteful comedy but it’s still there and sometimes it can be offensive.

I personally think it’s a very interesting piece of work that really does show us the darker hidden side of our nature. A piece of art depicting an evil man praying really does light up controversy. I mean the idea of Hitler praying to God after he killed millions of people is pretty eye brow raising.

There was a painting made after 9/11 occurred which depicted a woman on her back with her legs out in the air spread eagle with three planes flying into her vagina. It was called “Homeland Security”. That painting actually raised some really good points about the security of this nation, but a ton of people found it offensive as hell.

But that’s what I mean, after tragedies occur we don’t stop being ourselves, we go on with life. No matter how offensive it may be.

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