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Post image for Dhaka Art Summit Censors Pro-Tibet Artwork at Chinese Ambassador’s Request

Nangdrol, an 18-year-old Tibetan living in Sichuan Province, China, penned a farewell letter on February 19, 2012.

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Post image for After Sculpture Censorship Fiasco, Italian Officials Fail to Uncover the Naked Truth

Earlier this week, the Musei Capitolini in Rome found itself at the center of a controversy as news spread worldwide of the censorship of some of its famous nude statues in anticipation of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani’s visit to the institution.

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Post image for Italians Protect Iranian President’s Virgin Eyes from Nude Art During Museum Visit

Yesterday, as part of his tour of Europe, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani visited Rome’s Capitoline Museums, where he met Italian prime minister Matteo Renzi.

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Post image for After Auction House Censorship, Reporters Without Borders Cancels Benefit Art Sale

An art auction intended to benefit the organization Reporters Without Borders has been canceled after the Israeli embassy in Paris complained about one of the featured works.

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Post image for In Response to Censorship, Artists Incite Users to Flood Facebook with Nudity

If you’ve ever experienced the frustration of having your Facebook account disabled after posting a nude work of art, mark January 14 as your new favorite holiday: Facebook Nudity Day.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on January 5, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: vandals attack Jackie Chan’s sculptures in Taiwan, Abe Lincoln’s hand goes missing from Illinois museum, and an advertising student claims an agency ripped off his poster design.

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Post image for Facebook Censors Photo of Copenhagen’s Beloved Little Mermaid Statue

For more than a century, Edvard Eriksen’s bronze statue of “The Little Mermaid” has perched quietly on a waterside rock in Copenhagen, offending virtually no one.

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Post image for The New Director of South Korea’s National Modern Art Museum Responds to His Critics

On Monday Bartomeu Marí, the former head of the Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, began his new job as head of South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, marking the first time the museum has had an official director in over a year.

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Post image for New Site Lets You Report Facebook and Other Networks When They Censor Art

Nudity in art has been around for thousands of years, but Facebook still can’t take it.

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Post image for South Korea’s Art Community Protests Top Candidate for Museum Directorship After Censorship Fiasco

South Korea’s National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (MMCA) will very soon have a new director, but the local art community is protesting the top candidate for the position, Bartomeu Marí.

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