Louvre Cancels Art Installation That Looks Like Minecraft Characters Having Sex

Fearing a backlash on social media, the world’s most famous art museum, the Louvre in Paris, has pulled an installation for being “sexually explicit.”

The large installation, called “Domestikator,” by Dutch art and design collective Atelier Van Lieshout, was originally set to go on view on October 19 at the Louvre’s Tuileries Gardens as part of Hors les Murs, a public art program for the exhibition of contemporary art.

“This is something that should not happen,” said Joep van Lieshout, who founded the art collective. He shared his comments in The New York Times earlier this month. “A museum should be an open place for communication,” he added. “The task of the museum and the press is to explain the work.”

The installation is entirely lacking in detail. It’s a multi-story building made out of red blocky shapes intended to resemble a standing figure having sex with another figure down on all fours.

“The piece itself, it’s not really very explicit,” Van Lieshout said. “It’s a very abstracted shape. There are no genitals; it’s pretty innocent.”

The London-based gallery, Carpenters Workshop, which represents Atelier Van Lieshout, called the Louvre’s decision to nix the installation “very damaging for the artists and the Fiac program.” Fiac organizes the Hors les Murs.

“The artwork symbolizes the power of humanity over the world and its hypocritical approach to nature,” the group said.

Speaking for the Louvre, a spokeswoman said that the art they choose to exhibit is made by three committees. She explained that “Domestikator” had only been presented after these commissions, which prevented them from having an organized discussion about it.

French newspaper Le Monde reported that the Louvre’s director Jean-Luc Martinez relayed his concerns to Fiac about the piece, which he said could be “misunderstood” by the public and cause outrage.

“Online commentaries point out this work has a brutal aspect,” Martinez wrote. “It risks being misunderstood by visitors to the gardens.”

Perhaps they could have just slapped a trigger warning on the installation and been done with it.

Feature Image via New York Times



  1. shhhhh

    October 10, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    I’m from NYC and grew up in the art scene and modern art is garbage…

    • Paul

      October 11, 2017 at 2:37 am

      And sometimes garbage is modern art, literally.

  2. PaulMurrayCbr

    October 11, 2017 at 3:27 am

    > “The artwork symbolizes the power of humanity over the world and its hypocritical approach to nature,” the group said.

    In other words, the human figure is fucking a sheep; and it’s deliberately intended to look like that. It’s not a mistake or accidental.

    • David Watts

      October 11, 2017 at 11:34 am

      As long as it’s not a goat: that could be seen as Islamophobic, which would get it taken down in 5 seconds.

  3. Hairatic Rick

    October 11, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I don’t know art but, that is not art! It is clearly a fucking house. ????????

    • TrueNorth_Steve✓ᴰᴱᴾᴸᴼᴿᴬᴮᴸᴱ

      October 11, 2017 at 9:15 am

      exactly a ‘fucking’ house lol

    • Steve O

      October 12, 2017 at 1:28 pm

      I see what you did there…

  4. Gregory

    October 11, 2017 at 6:49 pm

    Looks like an attempt to justify sophomoric sexual innuendo under the guise of “Modern Art”. I don’t see anything artistic here, just trying to be risque.

  5. Steve Roper

    October 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

    I thought art was SUPPOSED to provoke feelings like outrage? Are we so terrified of offending snowflakes now that art has to be sanitised and reduced to the lowest common denominator?

    • jbo5112

      October 22, 2017 at 7:11 pm

      I would prefer to be able to take my children to a museum without having to explain sex to a 2 and 5 year old, and why someone would make such a crude tribute to it.

  6. Steve O

    October 12, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I think the ridicule they were afraid of wasn’t that it was sexually explicit, but that it was stupid.

  7. Steve O

    October 12, 2017 at 1:29 pm

    I create an art installation with as much merit every morning, 20 minutes after I have my coffee.

  8. MLMII

    October 14, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I’ll be honest, my first response is … so what?

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