An art gallery in Manchester has a Victorian painting with naked girls removed in order ‘to encourage debate on’ about how such images today, should be exhibited.
The Manchester Art Gallery, ‘Hylas and the Nymphs’ from 1896, of the English painter John William Waterhouse removed. The painting depicts a scene from ancient mythology, where a young man by several naked nymphs in the pond of death is lured.
Curator Clare Gannaway from Manchester Art Gallery wants to have a debate provoking about how such works of art in the current time is displayed. Any censorship is not there, find them.
The painting hung in a hall with similar paintings that the curator as well describes. ‘Either women are depicted as passive, beautiful objects, or as femme fatales.’
“Let us, this Victorian fantasy challenge!’, puts a blog on the website of the gallery.
The decision is partially taken under the influence of the contemporary debate about sexism, the #MeToo movement.
At the place where Hylas with his nymphs hung, now hang post-its where visitors give their opinion on the matter. The majority of the comments so far supports the action.