Name: Painting Banned From Public Exhibition Due to Political Content

Date:  2006-present

Location:  Australia

SubjectPolitical/Economic/Social Opinion


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Artist: Van Thanh Rudd

Confronting Bodies: Melbourne City Council

Date of Action: May 23, 2008

Specific Location: Melbourne, Australia

Description of Artwork: The painting depicts Ronald McDonald running past a burning monk, with Olympic torch in hand.

Description of Incident: City officials banned the work from public exhibition, citing copyright concerns as the reason. The artist asserts that his painting is a comment about how the global economy interferes with human rights' initiatives.

Results of Incident: Rudd and his supporters are voicing protest. In their opinion, Australian government officials see the painting's references to China as a threat to Sino-Australian relations.

Source: The Age and ABC News

Submitted By: National Coalition Against Censorship - Lesley Clark

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