New blasphemous art exhibition opens in Dublin

Blasphemous art exhibition challenges Ireland’s blasphemy law.

A new art exhibition titled Blasphemous opened (appropriately) on Good Friday in the Irish Museum of Contemporary Art (IMOCA) in Lad Lane, off Baggot Street, Dublin 2. It’s the second art exhibition to highlight and challenge the new Irish blasphemy law, which became active on 1st January 2010.

Since then, the Irish Justice Minister has responded to the campaign against the law by saying that he will propose a referendum, later this year, to remove the reference to blasphemy from the Irish Constitution, thus enabling the blasphemy law to be repealed.

This makes the new exhibition in IMOCA not just a challenge to the blasphemy law, but also a celebration of artistic freedom, and freedom of expression generally. The exhibition runs until 25 April and is open from 12 noon to 5 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, or by appointment through contacting IMOCA.


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    Howie April 06, 2010

    This is a great exhibit idea. Very Plato, defying an unjust law and all. Also, I’m officially crushing on Bear Koss.

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    Robert Dunham April 06, 2010

    Why oh why should anything be considered blasphemous in this, the twenty first century of our non existant saviour?
    If the Catholic church were strong in its’ faith we could write anything we liked about it. But the truth is that religion is dying in Ireland, and so we have a weak minded sexually abusive priesthood clamouring for protection from the secular authorities to save their impotent “all powerful” authoritarian deity from blasphemy.

    Catholics, your religion is fantasy, your god is impotent. Priests, get married to a woman, or a man, that you loves you, and fuck them. If god exists then god is an orgasm between consenting adults.

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    John April 07, 2010

    Whether or not its blasphemous is a matter of opinion. But, its certainly not art. Face it, its shite. Atheist art: a sign saying ‘Fuck Christmas’. Give me a break. And that was their best effort. If you want to see real art, go to Notre Dame or the Systine Chapel or one of the great Muslim Shrines. As for Christianity in Ireland dying, there were 4 million at Church in Ireland in the past week. How many has this ‘art’ exhibition attracted? A church in the smallest village in Ireland would attract a larger attendance than the number who’ve come to see this garbage.

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    BK April 29, 2010

    Robert said “Why oh why should anything be considered blasphemous in this, the twenty first century of our non existant saviour?”

    You should be happy. No one considers it blasphemous.

    It’s a bunch of Athiests telling Christians that they’re being blasphemous, and the Christians shrugging their shoulders.

    It’s not blasphemous. It’s peurile.

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    Sean O'Brian May 12, 2010

    “Very Plato, defying an unjust law and all. ”

    Hmm have you read Plato on the corrupting influence of art? There is no question that in Plato’s Republic all of these ‘art works’ would be banned.