Jumex Museum cancels Hermann Nitsch exhibit under pressure from petitioners

NEW YORK, NY.- MARC STRAUS, my gallery, just announced that we represent Hermann Nitsch shortly before we learned that Museo Jumex in Mexico City made the decision to cancel Nitsch’s February exhibition under pressure from an on-line anti-Nitsch petition. The timing is exquisite.

I have been collecting art seriously since beginning medical school and many of our purchases along the years were severely criticized by individuals who had very narrow views of what art is or should be; works by Ellsworth Kelly, Dan Flavin, Carl Andre, Jeff Koons, Robert Mapplethorpe, Andres Serrano. The cancelation of Mapplethorpe and Serrano shows under similar public pressure proved to be shameful acts by those institutions and directors who capitulated to such outside forces.