Gallery to keep 'offensive' Maze art on display
AN art work branded "offensive" by the son of a former justice minister will not be removed from the country's newest modern art gallery.
The board of Athlone Arts and Heritage Ltd, which manages the Luan Gallery in Athlone, believes that 'Fragmens sur le Institutions Republicaines IV' by Shane Cullen, which is on loan from the Irish Museum of Modern Art, fits in with the gallery's remit.
Last week councillor Mark Cooney said it was offensive to those who suffered during the Troubles.
The artwork, owned by the State, reproduces messages written on cigarette papers and smuggled out of the Maze H-Blocks by the families of republican hunger strikers in 1981.