Protest over Cancellation of La Bèstia i el Sobirà

By Michael Mueller


Ines Doujak & Johan Barker: Haute Couture 04 Transporte © Pedro Ivo Trasferetti / Fundação Bienal de São Paulo


Published on March 1, 2015

A protest gathers in the plaza of the MACBA to condemn the museum’s sudden cancellation of its planned exhibition La Bèstia i el Sobirà (The Beast and the Sovereign). The exhibition explores the dynamics of power and freedom as they relate to the nation state, its institutions and the individual.

MACBA’s director, Bartomeu Marí, had demanded that a controversional sculpture, Haute Couture 04 Transporte by Ines Doujak and Johan Barker, be withdrawn from the exhibit. The work depicts a German Shepherd having sex with Bolivian feminist Domitila Chúngara who in turn is having sex with Juan Carlos I, the former King of Spain.

The exhibition’s curators – Hans D. Christ, Iris Dressler, Paul B. Preciado and Valentín Roma – refused to withdraw the piece. On the cancellation, Marí said, “there are certain messages that are not appropriate that the institution transmits.”

March 18, 2015
Opening hours
19:30 – 21:00