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Dubai Expo: Michelangelo’s David statue’s private parts are covered to avoid offending peaceful and merciful Muslims




A giant 3D printed replica of Michelangelo’s famous David statue on show at the Dubai Expo has sparked controversy after organisers chose to cover up the statue’s manhood to avoid offending conservative Muslims.

The 17-foot-tall replica of arguably the world’s most recognisable nude was contributed to the expo by Italy to be displayed at the event’s Italian pavilion, but after much deliberation event organisers chose to position the statue in a column and cover its private areas with a stone slab.

The Dubai Expo 2020 – originally set to take place last year but postponed due to the pandemic – aims to showcase examples of innovation and culture from countries around the world, while UAE authorities hope it will attract more investment and tourism to the region.

But public nudity is not permitted in the United Arab Emirates, and the first unveiling of the statue to Emirati VIPs caused ‘enormous embarrassment,’ according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

Italian artists and art critics have railed against the decision to shroud to shroud much of David’s replica with stone obstacles.

The original statue of David was sculpted by Michelangelo in 1504, and was initially installed in the Piazza della Signoria in Florence before being moved to the Florence Academy of Fine Arts in 1873.

It is among some of the most recognisable artworks in the world, and to this day is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Italy.

The version of David that stands in the Dubai Expo is an exact, 17-foot replica of the original thanks to laser scans and 3D printing technology. The resin replica was brushed with marble dust to represent the aesthetic of the original sculpture.

But while the original David stands proudly on display for all to see, David in Dubai has been placed in a cylindrical chamber made of glass and stone columns which prevents audiences from viewing much of the replica….

Italian art critic Vittorio Sgarbi labelled the event organisers’ cover-up of David as ‘grotesque and ridiculous’, and went on to declare to Adnkronos news agency that ‘cancelling a part of Michelangelo’s David is just bowing to [Emirati] religion and culture’.

Meanwhile, Davide Rampello, the director responsible for the displays at the Italian pavilion at the Dubai Expo, defended the decision as a ‘unique approach’ and denied it was a question of government censorship.

‘It is a different perspective, which is new, introspective and moving,’ said Rampello, whose decision to place David in a cylindrical chamber means that audiences entering the viewing platform will be met with David’s marble-brushed gaze.

Rampello also insisted that visitors who enter from the ground floor level will still be able to see the statue in its entirety, but event organisers said the lower level will only be accessible to VIPs.

Another Italian who worked on the project told La Repubblica: ‘We even thought of putting undergarments on the statue, or changing it all together, but it was too late.

‘We understood too late that it was an error to bring a statue of a nude man to the Emirates.’…


Alfrescian (Inf)
It's just a shitty replica. For a moment I thought they shipped the real thing over there for some exhibition. :rolleyes:

syed putra

I thought the statue was at the louvre in Paris. Stolen by the french. The greeks wanted it back. Now is the time.

Tun Tija

I love this statue with all its glory seen. Especially his kkj :tongue:. Why cover it up? The bird will fly away?