Joint portrait of Anne Frank and Adolf Hitler

13th January 2011, Comments 1 comment


Displaying a painting showing a semi-nude Adolf Hitler and a smiling Anne Frank is "in poor taste". The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam on Thursday criticised the Singapore art fair for exhibiting the art work. It was made by an Indonesian artist who said his work is meant ironically. The canvas shows Hitler with a tattoo similar to the one Nazis used to brand millions of prisoners in concentration camps.

The artwork is one of a series of paintings exhibited under the umbrella title of 'Last Judgment'.

The Amsterdam-based Israel Information and Documentation Centre's director Ronnie Naftaniel told us, "this is the umpteenth artist who is trying to attract attention by using something revolting from WWII which is guaranteed to raise people's anger. It makes me sigh. It's tasteless. Few people in Singapore will be aware of the 1940-1945 war in Europe, so they may feel less pain. But it is regrettable that yet another artist manages to become headline news without any artistic achievement to show for it."

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1 Comment To This Article

  • Ellyn Cook posted:

    on 14th January 2011, 00:16:30 - Reply

    Hear, hear to Ronnie Naftaniel and the Anne Frank Huis's comments. Such a painting is in such poor taste that it should not be considered as art but rather abuse. It is not ironic but revolting because it is insulting to the memory of the many millions who suffered the atrocities of persecution during Hitler's reign as well as to those who work hard to educate against racism and discrimination.