14 Sep. 2021 19:00
Do works of art have to be given a politically correct title? The State Museums in Dresden believe this and have already renamed many works of art because the historical naming was “racist or discriminatory”. “Dwarf” becomes “dwarf stature”, “Die Zigeunerin” becomes a “woman with a headscarf”.
Since the beginning of 2020, the curators and employees of the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SDK) have been sifting through the titles of their works for political correctness. According to the Saxon Ministry of Culture, 143 works of art are said to have been checked for “racist or otherwise discriminatory terms or content” – and renamed. The authority said this in response to a small request from AfD member Thomas Kirste in the Saxon state parliament.
The “Mohr with emerald stage” created around 1724 in the treasury of the Grünes Gewölbe is an example, the ministry announced on Monday, reported dpa. Names like Gypsies or Eskimo have also been changed. Kirste criticized the renaming and spoke of “left iconoclasm”. The historical titles of some world-famous works of art fell and fall victim to this “iconoclasm”, which art historians are now likely to find difficult to find in alphabetically sorted directories or catalogs, she notes Berlin newspaper at. For example, the bronze statuette “African woman with mirror”, also known as “Black Venus”, was renamed. Today she is simply called “African woman with a mirror”.
Criticism came not only from the AfD parliamentary group in the state parliament, but also from the historian Michael Wolffsohn. In the image-Newspaper he expressed sharp criticism of the authority’s actions:
“Don’t the people who renamed the service notice how much they make a mockery of themselves and their actually good intentions?”
At least in the online presentation of the works, those interested in art can still call up the historical titles. By clicking on the buttons behind the asterisks (asterisks).
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(rt / dpa)