Juan Davila

born 1946

Juan Davila, ‘Love’ 1988
Love 1988
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Juan Davila (born 1946, Santiago, Chile) is a Chilean-Australian artist and writer who migrated to Melbourne, Australia, in 1974. He is represented in major collections throughout Australia, as well as New York's Museum of Modern Art, the Tate (London) and the Museo Extremeño e Iberoamericano de Arte Contemporáneo in Spain. His works are often controversial, and in 2019 the Australian Christian Lobby called for one of his pictures to be removed from Griffith University Art Museum in Brisbane, which was part of an exhibition called The Abyss. The artwork Holy Family, depicts Mary cradling a giant penis, in the style of the famous Michelangelo sculpture The Pieta.

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