A gargantuan sculptural work at the centre of a censorship row will go on show in front of the Centre Pompidou in Paris later this month. The piece by the Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, entitled the Domestikator, was due to be erected in the Tuileries Gardens as part of the Hors les Murs public art programme organised by the Fiac contemporary art fair (19-22 October). But the work was withdrawn by officials at the Louvre, which manages the gardens. According to the French newspaper Le Monde, the Domestikator will now be displayed outside the Centre Pompidou from 18 to 22 October.
The erotic nature of the large-scale architectural structure, the outline of which depicts a couple having sex, prompted the Louvre director, Jean-Luc Martinez, to raise concerns about the piece. A Louvre spokeswoman also told The Art Newspaper that details of the work were only made available after a series of official meetings. Read more