The German artist Markus Lüpertz has won a commission to paint the story of Genesis, the first book of the Bible, in the subway stations of the German town of Karlsruhe. After months of debate, the city council gave the project the green light. But not everyone is happy about that.
The subject decided to be pained, the Genesis, has raised the criticism of Peter Weibel, the director of the influential Karlsruhe’s Center for Art and Media (ZKM) who raised concerns especially regarding ‘the religious motifs of the paintings.’
“We see how public spaces are occupied with Christian symbols everywhere without the democratic consultation of the public! (…) These are allergic reactions to the allegedly Islamization of the West, which is just fear and paranoia,” ha said in an interview to the Sueddeutsche Zeitung.
Weibel even makes a comparison with the Turkish leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has converted museums into mosques.
We should remind to the director of the Karlsruhe’s Center for Art, that the Genesis has been painted by painters such as Michelangelo, as correctly suggested by Tonia Mastrobuoni on La Repubblica.
Probably a visit to the Sistine Chapel in Rome could help him to refresh his memory.