Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jewish Anger at Crucifixion Show

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Jewish Anger at Crucifixion Show

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Byline: Louise Jury Chief Arts Correspondent

A ROW has broken out over whether a Jewish gallery should have mounted an exhibition of pictures of the crucifixion by artists including Tracey Emin.

The London Jewish Museum of Art said it had received a substantial number of complaints since the show, The Cross Purposes -- Shock and Contemplation in Images of the Crucifixion, opened last week.

The issue has been deemed so contentious that the Jewish Chronicle is running an online poll on whether the gallery is in the right or wrong.

Jewish tycoon Benjamin Perl, a campaigner for Jewish state schools and a patron of the Ben Uri Gallery, challenged the show.

"From all the subjects from our heritage, why choose this? They are trying to play to the non-Jews. What type of material is this for our Jewish museum? This would never happen in New York or Jerusalem," he said.

David Glasser, co-chairman of the gallery in St John's Wood, said they had been aware it was a sensitive subject so had handled the exhibition carefully. …

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