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‘Woke’ German museum under fire over unsanctioned campaign to rename over 100 ‘racist’ artworks – reports

A German museum that renamed some 143 classic artworks it considered to have “racist or otherwise discriminatory” titles has been accused of “identity theft” after making the “far-reaching intervention” without a public mandate.

Since early 2020, curators at the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden (SKD) – a cultural museum under the German state of Saxony – have completely changed the titles of 120 pieces of art and made partial changes to 23 other works in an apparent effort to make them ‘politically correct’. The SKD houses an estimated 1.5 million-strong inventory of historic works.

The museum has been removing content it considers outdated, including the terms “gypsy,” “Eskimo,” “Indian” (referring to indigenous people) and “Moor” – and has reportedly even ditched references to “natives” and “dark-skinned” people.

In one example, a 17th century Dutch painting originally called “Dog, Dwarf and Boy” has been renamed “Dog, Short Man and Boy,” while a bronze sculpture known as “Black Venus” was changed to “African Woman with a Mirror.”

The extent of the revisions varies, according to the MDR news outlet, which reported that some original titles by the artists are put in quotation marks with a note identifying them as “historical titles.” Others, which were not originally named or have had no fixed titles, have “taboo” words hidden by an asterisk.

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