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    Museum removes erotic art after Muslim anger Reuters via Swiss Info Thursday February 3, 2005
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      Museum removes erotic art after Muslim anger
      Reuters via Swiss Info
      Thursday February 3, 2005
      http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5512013

      STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A Swedish museum dedicated to world culture
      has removed an erotic painting plastered with verses from the Muslim
      holy book, the Koran, from an exhibition about AIDS after Muslims
      complained it was obscene.

      Jette Sandahl, director of the World Culture Museum, which opened in
      Gothenburg a month ago, said on Wednesday that the painting by an
      Arab artist living in France was replaced by another less offensive
      one.

      Sweden is home to 400,000 Muslims. The row over artist Louzla
      Darabi's painting comes amid tensions in Europe about a perceived
      increase in Islamic militancy since a Dutch filmmaker critical of
      Islam was murdered in the Netherlands late last year.

      Sandahl told Reuters that most of the hundreds of e-mails and
      letters sent were "respectful and polite but some were more
      aggressive."

      "It was the combination of the image and text from the Koran which
      was problematic," she added.

      Darabi told Gothenburg Channel 4 television that her work was not
      meant "offend anyone but to stress the link between love and God
      symbolised by the Koran's text".

      Sandahl said the painting was removed to prevent public attention
      shifting from the exhibition's main message about AIDS and
      globalisation.

      http://www.swissinfo.org/sen/Swissinfo.html?siteSect=143&sid=5512013

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