An original translation by Hermes
From Digital Alert:
Animal right activists are demanding the banning of a bloody show in the famous French Centre Pompidou. The French artist Adel Abdessemed will end his exhibition in this museum by torturing animals.
The artist of Algerian origin will carry a cow, a calf, a pig, a goat and a sheep to the Centre Pompidou, which is one of the most famous museums of Paris, and he will smash them with a hammer till death to the sound of heavy (metal).
“We have to stop this absurd show from the point of view of the true artists and those who appreciate art. Torturing animals is not art, but cruelty, and humans should not do this. This show will be an insult to the feelings of many people who defend animals”, the petition addressed to the Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti states.
The appeal to stop this “dreadful crime” has got 25.500 signatures in 3 weeks at the civil organization’s website avaaz.org, but 30.000 are needed. The animal rights activists will demonstrate next to the museum.
This center is currently presenting the first major exhibition dedicated to the artist Adel Abdessemed, which will be open till January 7, and bears the name “I am Innocent”. A gigantic sculpture was temporarily erected as part of the exhibition. It displays the famous head butt which the French Zinedine Zidane directed to the Italian, Marco Matterazi, at the final of the 2006 World Soccer Championship in Germany.
In spite of the important prestige and international recognition, many have doubts about the artistic value of Adel Abdessemed. Some years ago one of his exhibitions was closed in San Francisco 5 days after the opening due to massive protests and threats.
France has recently seen scandals involving animals. This week the famous actress Brigitte Bardot declared that she will apply for the Russian citizenship if two elephants ill with tuberculosis in the zoo of Lyon are killed because of fears that the illness could be passed on to humans.