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Feb 05, 2013 at 07:10pm IST

Delhi: VHP's women wing forces art gallery showcasing nudes to shut temporarily

New Delhi: An art exhibition at the Delhi Art Gallery, showcasing a retrospective on modern nude art, ran into trouble on Monday night when VHP activists forced it to shut down temporarily. The exhibition was resumed after the organisers sought police protection.

The protests, led by the Durga Vahini, the women wing of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, objected to the Naked and the Nude exhibition which covers a large span of works ranging from Raja Ravi Verma, Souza, Husain, etc to modernists.

The activists wanted a ban on the show as they said that the nude and obscene paintings portrayed women in a bad light.

Gallery owner Ashish Anand, however, said the exhibition merely explored a popular thematic concept in art.