Hitler, Crazy Golf And the Nazi Salute
TASTELESS was the word heard by a Blackpool art gallery last month following an exhibit featuring Adolf Hitler in a Crazy Golf hole green.
The Jake and Dinos Chapman work is a statue of the Nazi dictator which gives a Nazi salute when a ball passes through it, reported the BBC.
It forms part of the Grundy Art Gallery’s Adventureland Golf exhibition, which features artworks as holes on a crazy golf course. Curator Stuart Tulloch said the work was a chance to “ridicule” Hitler – but the British Jewish organisation does not agree.
Michael Samuels, of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, said it had “absolutely no artistic value whatsoever. He’s not somebody that you would make a joke of – Hitler was responsible for the murders of many millions of people,” he said.
“If I were the gallery, I would give it back to the artists and tell them to keep it in the shed.”
Tulloch said Hitler had been defeated and the statue “gives us the chance now to ridicule him”.
He added that visitors to the exhibition had “taken it in the spirit that it is intended”
Other holes depict an animated statue of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, a boarded-up library and a desert island.