The artwork, which is on view in one of the city's art galleries, is being investigated by authorities after receiving an “anonymous denunciation by someone,” said artist Ottmar Hörl, who is also president of the local Academy of Fine Arts. The city of Nuremberg may be particularly sensitive to Nazi symbols, as it served as the setting for many Hitler-led rallies, and later, major war-crime trials.
The artist, for his part, is shocked by the publicity his gnome is receiving; he feels it is quite clear the piece is meant to poke fun at the Nazis, not honor them. “In 1942 I would have been murdered by the Nazis for this work,” he observes. His point is furthered by the fact that his gnome was originally displayed along with hundreds of others like it in a 2008 exhibit titled “Dance with the Devil.”
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