Facebook Censors Pompidou Painting

Paris - Les Notes de Véculture, a well respected French blog, alerted the art world earlier this week that Facebook censors removed an image of Gerhard Richter’s “Ema” from the Pompidou Center’s Facebook page.

Luckily art collectors of ArtKabinett social network can always turn to our website for the uncensored artwork, as shown here!

The photo was part of the online social networking  campaign for the museum’s Richter retrospective, which was recently at Tate Modern in London. The exhibition is running from June 6 through September 24.

Ema, oil on canvas, 1966, portrays the artist's first wife, Ema Richter, who constitutes a dialogue at a distance with Marcel Duchamp and his iconic 1912 painting called "Nu descendant un escalier".

The Facebook image had received 1,300 “likes” before it was pulled. Les Notes de Véculture sighted “institutional puritanism” in the USA.

The Pompidou Centre lodged a complaint, and Facebook humbly reposted the Richter image. It now raises issues about Facebook's value as a platform for the promotion of art and free expression, as it seems unable to differentiate art from pornography. 

Gonzague Gauthier the Pompidou Center’s digital projects manager utilized Twitter on Monday to complain about the censorship, Facebook’s French PR agency contacted him to apologize.

Facebook has a policy of  banning nude photos, however nude paintings and sculptures are allowed.

Facebook has censored other artworks on several occasions but never a work from a major museum website. 

It is well known that user accounts posting Gustave Courbet’s painting “The Origin of the World” are taken down. (Image via this link. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/3/3f/Origin-of-the-W...)

The New York Academy of Art has also had the work of students removed from their website. Facebook apologized to the art college for the mistake, but the issue of the Courbet painting is still pending review.