Lars Vilks museum guards beat up artist showing his pistol sculpture loaded with steel penises
WHEN SECURITY guards in Sweden spotted Bengt Andersson opening his case at the Rönnquist and Rönnquist gallery in Malmö they beat him up.
The uniforms were there to protect Lars Vilks, the artist who triggered outrage for his Modog cartoons of the Muslim prophet Muhammad as a dog, first published by Swedish regional daily Nerikes Allehanda in 2007.
“I just wanted to show off my art,” the 73-year-old artist said. “I had no idea that Vilks was there just at then. How was I supposed to know that?”
His art was a steel pistol sculpture with penis-shaped ammunition.
Says Bertil Isberg Jönsson at Skåne county police to Sydsvenskan:
“When they see a weapon they have to intervene like this to protect this subject (Vilks) who is subject to a high level of threat.”