Museum Burka: Greece Demands Ancient Statues Returned From Qatar After Museum Covers Them To Protect Muslim Sensibilities

qatargreeceart2The only problem that Qatar has with ancient history is that its pre-Islamic art falls to comply with Islamic sensibilities. An exhibit has been touring the world on the beauty and grace of “The Olympics — Past and Present.” Two ancient statues showed this expression in artistic form but the Islamic nation decided to obscure the statues behind a black screen because their naked bodies were considered indecent under Islamic values.


Maria Vlazaki, the Greek Culture Ministry’s director-general of antiquities and cultural heritage, went to Qatar to see the exhibit (note, by the way, to Greece: it might not be necessary to send delegations to see exhibits of Greek art when the country cannot afford basic services). They found the statues behind a type of museum burka.

One of these statues is dated to 520 B.C. and is a long-haired kouros and the other (a Roman-era) statue depicts a young athlete with short curls. The museum explained that there were “objections from above” to the statues as well as several small bronze nudes. That is not a reference to divine intervention but Qatari leadership which apparently found the statues too sexually enticing and corrupting for unrestricted viewing. Who needs the Internet when you have miniature 500 B.C. bronze nudes?

A poll last year found that 60 percent of Arabs support the censorship of art to bar “inappropriate” images and enforce Islamic standards.

Source: NPR

30 thoughts on “Museum Burka: Greece Demands Ancient Statues Returned From Qatar After Museum Covers Them To Protect Muslim Sensibilities”

  1. What a ridiculous story. Genuine art and Islam are simply incompatible.

    Ralph,

    Yeah, nothing of artistic value here. Plus, I hear they’re (that’s right, all the practitioners of that religion, close to a quarter of the earth’s human population, is a homogenous mass) getting ready to publish copies of Shakespeare that’s been censored.

    Of course, there’s a small chance that you’re have no sense of the history of art, religion, or really anything beyond your narrowly defined sets of who’re the good guys and who’re the bad guys.

  2. Ralph, yep let’s put all Muslims into one basket so therefore all repubs are like Ashcroft and the Goodling woman.
    And I bet you would find those on both sides of the aisle offended by some “art” that you find fine and art that you think is awful is fine by many.
    That’s the thing about art, and democracy, it is all up for debate, not censorship.

  3. Quit picking on Ashcroft. He is from Mizzoura like his second cousin Todd Akin. They don’t claim to know nuthin bout birthin babies and think it provident to cover titties in public. It would be fair for Qatar to send the artwork back to Greece posthaste. Is Ashcroft still alive?

  4. I saw the headline and immediately concluded that John Ashcroft serves as an art adviser to Qatar. I see I wasn’t the only one.

  5. What a ridiculous story. Genuine art and Islam are simply incompatible. And the only “values” supported by Muslims are mass murders, madness, and mayhem. But I’m sure that Muslims would have no problem with the pseudo-“art” most favored by the Leftists (big backers of Islam), such as images of Jesus smothered in feces. But art involving the celebration of life? Anathema!

  6. “God” save us from the fundamentalist moralists of this world. In their hatred of human sexuality lie the seeds of humanity’s destruction.

  7. “…Monica Goodling ordered the purchase and installation of the infamous blue draperies. That woman had issues.” -Blouise

    Blouise,

    She certainly did… and probably still does.

    From Wikipedia:

    “Monica Goodling married Michael Krempasky, co-founder of RedState.com. She is currently employed under her married name, Monica Krempasky, at Corallo Media Strategies, a Virginia public relations shop run by former John Ashcroft spokesman Mark Corallo.”

    http://corallomediastrategies.com/team.html

  8. nick spinelli 1, May 1, 2013 at 10:08 am

    If I had that small a “package” I would want it covered. Ashcroft would have covered it.
    ===================================
    Yep.

    Send them this picture and they will be all Oilah Akbar about it.

  9. Although Ashcroft can be mocked for many things, it was revealed during her Congressional hearing that Monica Goodling ordered the purchase and installation of the infamous blue draperies. That woman had issues.

  10. Ashcroft was nowhere near as bad as he could have been. He did have the decency to refuse Cheney’s fire the invesigator request, even from his hospital bed. So I give old John a pass. He was just uptight.

  11. The Qatar ”Museum Burka” has a hole in the butt area for a microscope to stick out of……….

  12. Am I the only one that gets the irony of covering up a century’s old statue to protect against the intrusion of “modern Western immorality?” No comment on Ashcroft, I think Otteray Scribe said it all..

  13. Money cannot buy reason. Another one of our freedom loving allies. Ashcroft WOULD fit in well in Qatar except he’s a Christian but he so right wing that they might ignore that.

  14. OS,
    I was thinking the same thing. Ashcroft would fit in well in Qatar!

  15. I wonder what Ashcroft and the Qatar officials would do if they accidentally walked into a life painting class.

  16. Comment to the NPR article:

    Mark D • 19 hours ago

    At least they didn’t take a chisel to it…

  17. Not much different from former Attorney General John Ashcroft, who thought it was appropriate to spend $8,000 of taxpayer money to cover up Lady Justice’s nipples. As it turned out, covering Lady Justice turned out to be symbolic in more ways than just hiding her ta-tas.

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/valentine.asp

  18. If I had that small a “package” I would want it covered. Ashcroft would have covered it.

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