Venice: ‘Artists’ are forced to close their church-turned-into-mosque

A prayer service at the work of ‘art’ on May 6, 2015. Credit Casey Kelbaugh for The New York Times

A Swiss-Icelandic artist’s mosque installation, which was placed in the former Catholic church of Santa Maria dell’Abbazia della Misericordia as part of Iceland’s pavilion at the 56th Biennale art fair in Venice, has been closed after mounting opposition against the project.

Swiss artist Christoph Büchel’s installation, titled “The Mosque: The First Mosque in the Historic City of Venice,” was intended to promote religious tolerance. However, city authorities expressed reservations, citing among other things the risk of the building being attacked by anti-Muslim elements or, on the other side of the spectrum, Islamist radicals.

It also sparked controversy when Muslims in the city started praying in the mosque even though it was a work of art.

Officials said the law was violated by the use of the venue for religious activities and gave the Icelandic organizers until May 20 to close it.

Even though the organizers presented documents that the venue was not a church, the local administration canceled the certificate of the pavilion on May 21.

Two earlier posts on this work of ‘art’ from the New York Times (who must be devastated) are here:

May 8, 2015 (NYT) Venice Officials Threaten To Close Work Of ‘Art’ Consisting Of A Church Turned Into A Mosque

May 3, 2015 (NYT) ‘Edgy’ Swiss Artist Plans An ‘Art Installation’ In Venice That Consists Of Turning A Church Into A Mosque

  • Aww too bad.

    • Frau Katze

      Yep, they’ll have to their SJW stuff elsewhere.

  • Boleslaw Bierut

    infidel dhimmitude has no limits.

  • dance…dancetotheradio

    I pray to the sky instead of the ground.
    The devil’s in the ground.
    God’s in the sky.

    • Gary

      Muslims need to clean their Hearts and not their feet because I’d trust a person with dirty feet that speaks of doing good than the one with clean feet yelling death to the Jews and speaks of beheading people as a favour to their god.

  • Barrington Minge

    Only mooslims would pray to a pair of electric fans…dumb arseholes….

  • DMB

    I’m glad they didn’t make a replica of the Kaaba than the Muslims of Europe would have been going their on mass to pray!