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Death threats cause gallery to drop Dan Park

Since announcing plans to display Dan Park’s art, Danish artist Kristian von Hornsleth has had his gallery vandalised and received death threats.

Published: 23 Oct 2014 12:22 GMT+02:00

Some people clearly do not want controversial Swedish artist Dan Park’s works to be shown in Denmark.

Less than a week after his Copenhagen gallery was vandalised, Danish artist and gallerist Kristian von Hornsleth has dropped plans to display Park’s art after receiving death threats against himself and his family.

“I unfortunately need to withdraw from the Dan Park exhibition due to death threats that concern myself and my family,” von Hornsleth informed the Danish Free Press Society (Trykkefrihedsselskabet), which is the organizer of the exhibit.

“One thing is to have my gallery smashed up last week, but after receiving a series of direct death threats I must now admit that this is no longer about art but rather has become a serious political and societal issue. I am very shocked and find it deeply regrettable to have to cave in to threats of violence,” the artist continued.

Despite von Hornsleth’s withdrawal, the Danish Free Press Society is pressing on with its plans to display nine Park pieces that were ordered to be destroyed by Swedish authorities. The group will hold a reception on Thursday at 5pm in Christiansborg and say they have found a new location for a public exhibition beginning on Monday.

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