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Should the Met remove Balthus' painting, Thérèse Dreaming?
The Metropolitan Museum of Art should remove Balthus' painting, Thérèse Dreaming.
The painting is pornographic and does not belong in a museum.
There are other paintings that could be in its place.
In showcasing this work for the masses without providing any type of clarification, The Met is supporting voyeurism and the objectification of children.
The painting suggests that Balthus was a pedophile. Society should not condone paedophilic fantasies or recognise them as art.
Occasionally, it is necessary that society is confronted with a topic that it deems to be unsavoury or uncomfortable in order to broaden our perspective and understanding of certain issues.
Censorship in any form damages society making all artists less able to express themselves and so society less able to create works of truth.
If we remove the Balthus because it offends some people we would have to purge entire collections of art since judging if something is offensive or not is completely subjective.
Art should be judged by the reaction it gets from its viewers. The current response is testament to the piece's effectiveness as a work of art.
Not enough people have called for it to be taken down to justify the move.
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