Artist: M.F. Husain
Confronting Bodies: Government of India
Date of Action: February, 2006
Specific Location: New Delhi, India
Description of Artwork: The painting, "Bharatmata," depicts the Hindu goddess in the nude.
Description of Incident: Husain first received much criticism after the "Bharatmata" became known to the public. Husain decided to withdraw the painting from the auction where the painting was up for sale and he made a public apology. Despite his apology, he is now facing censorship from the Government of India. Indian bureaucrats are refusing to allow the "Bharatmata" to be publicly displayed because they fear public outroar if the painting is exhibited.
Results of Incident: If the "Bharatmata" is displayed, Husain can face arrest.
Source: CNN-IBN, www.ibnlive.com; The Times of India, http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com
Submitted By: Danielle Biber