Other works by better known artists, but with less impact for now…
Artist: Francisco Goya
What happened: Goya was interrogated by the Inquisition because of this
Work: Filippo Strozzi in Lego
Artist: Ai Weiwei
What happened: LEGO didn’t want to sell Ai Weiwei any more bricks, they didn’t want to appear politically. Ai Weiwei then appealed to the public, and a lot of bricks were sent to him.
Artist: Andy Warhol
What happened: Chinese authorities banned the exhibition of some Mao portraits in 2013 because they were not respectful to Mao Zedong. In the end, these works really were not exhibited.
Work: Floating nude with outstretched arms (study for “Medicine”)
Artist: Gustav Klimt
What happened: In 1894, the state ordered three works by Klimt to decorate the University of Vienna. The works were considered pornographic and 87 professors at the university demanded that they not be displayed. The originals were burnt at the end of the Second World War.
Work: Suite 347
Artist: Pablo Picasso
What happened: The series was exhibited in a gallery in 1968, but only in a separee that was only accessible to adults. In 2012, this series was shown in Russia, also only open to people aged 16 and over. The Orthodox Church demanded that the exhibition posters be taken down.
Artist: Keith Haring
What happened: Behind his seemingly naive and colourful works, the artist hid a denunciation of social issues, such as the fight against the AIDS epidemic, from which he himself suffered. He was labelled a provocateur for defending the gay community, and was arrested several times for his graffiti in New York underground stations.
Work: Smiling Copper
What happened: Police violence is a recurring theme in Banksy’s work. He often depicts police officers to denounce the abuse and contradictions of the system. This work is part of a series featuring heavily armed police officers, but all wearing a smiley face.