The Delhi Art Gallery needed extra protection to display MF Husain’s work at the Indian Art Summit. In 2009, Husain’s work was withdrawn because of threats. He’s a constant target for Hindu fundamentalists who object to his depiction of Hindu gods:
The organisers of the third India Art Summit in Delhi had decided to withdraw Husain’s art works Thursday evening over fears that the Jan 21-23 summit would be vandalised over them.
‘Vandals may come in and there could be a stampede because we have received around 20 odd e-mails from various groups from Mumbai and Pune,’ the organisers had earlier told the media.
However, they later decided to display the paintings after getting assurance from the Delhi Police over full protection. A sea of khaki-clad cops were seen Saturday at the gates of Pragati Maidan, the summit venue.
The Delhi Art Gallery is showcasing three paintings of Husain at their exhibition space.
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