Top 5 Controversial Artworks


Not always. Sometimes artists want to awake the crowds, sometimes they want to express their real feelings no matter what and sometimes they simply want to challenge authorities. All controversial art makes you think outside the box and see the world from a different perspective. To achieve that, they use political, religious and sexual controversies The list below includes 5 of the most controversial artworks.

5. One Nation Under Socialism by Jon McNaughton

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In this painting, McNaughton paints Barack Obama holding the U.S. Constitution while it burns and pointing to the flame.

McNaughon’s description:

“I pledge allegiance to the United States of America,
And not to an ideology, which can never stand,
One nation under socialism, divisive,
With no liberty or justice for anyone.”

I guess Romney loves it…

4. La Maja Desnuda by Francisco Goya

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La maja desnuda (or The Nude Maja) is an oil on canvas painting by the Spanish painter Francisco Goya and is among the first clear depictions of female pubic hair in a large Western painting. His painting was so controversial that he painted a second one, but this time Maja was wearing clothes. The painting has been in the Museo del Prado in Madrid since 1910.

3.L.O.V.E. by Maurizio Catellan

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L.O.V.E. is a 4-meter high sculpture made by the Italian artist Maurizio Cattelan displayed in front of the Milan stock exchange building. It is better known as ‘The Middle Finger’ and Cattelan’s sculpture is directed against all ideologies. Despite the debate about its eventual removal, the statue occupies the center of Piazza Affari since October 2010 .


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Putting up only 4 pictures of his art and not putting one of his pictures in first place, was a challenge for me.

I am addicted to the british king of street artwork!

Really, whatever I say for Banksy wouldn’t be enough. His controversial art inspires people around the world and I personally think that Banksy is not only a person but also an idea. Banksy began as a freehand graffiti artist in 1990–1994 as one of Bristol’s DryBreadZ Crew (DBZ), with Kato and Tes.He was inspired by local artists and his work was part of the larger Bristol underground scene with Nick Walker, Inkie and 3D. From the start he used stencils as elements of his freehand pieces, too. By 2000 he had turned to the art of stencilling after realising how much less time it took to complete a piece. Banksy claims, that he changed to stencilling while he was hiding from the police under a rubbish lorry, when he noticed the stencilled serial number and by employing this technique, he soon became more widely noticed for his art around Bristol and London.

1. La Nona Ora (The Ninth Hour) by Maurizio Catellan (again)

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One of the Cattelan’s best-known works, The Ninth Hour represents Pope John Paul II dying on the ground after being stuck by a meteorite, while shards of glass are scattered on the crimson carpet in front of him.
The title of the work alludes to the moment when Christ cries out : “Why have you forsaken me ? ” and dies on the cross.

Controversy erupted when the wax pope showed up in the Pope’s home country of Poland in December 2000 for a show at Warsaw’s Zacheta Gallery. Just in time for Christmas! In the true Spirit of Christmas, two members of the Polish Parliament, Halina Nowina-Konopka and Witold Tomczak, moved the rock to “free” the Pope and unsuccessfully attempted to stand the Pope on his feet. “I like the idea that someone is trying to save the Pope — like an upside-down miracle, coming not from the heavens but from earth,” Cattelan responded, and reminded people: “In the end it is only a piece of wax.”

In 2004, the “The Ninth Hour” sold for $3m.


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