Spoke to a friend earlier tonight and she was seriously peeved off. It turns out, and she knows people at Asia House fairly well, that someone destroyed
one two of MF Husain’s paintings, and the exhibition had to shut down because they could not guarantee security.
I also spoke to someone at the gallery yesterday who confirmed the move on the basis of “threats”. She used that word. They don’t know what to do now and refuse to release an official statement.
This makes it all the more important now we hold some sort of a protest. I may produce a petition over the weekend too. We have gone past discussing whether the paintings were deliberately offensive or not.
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