Controversial Art Exhibit Reopens

Controversial art exhibit reopens

A controversial exhibit about freedom of expression has reopened at an international art festival in Aichi Prefecture, central Japan.

Aichi Triennale 2019 opened on August 1. But three days later, one of its exhibits was called off due to threats over some of the works on display. They included a statue symbolizing those referred to as wartime comfort women.

Festival organizers reopened the exhibit on Tuesday after stepping up security measures, such as using a metal detector.

Before the reopening, many people gathered at the venue.

The organizers say over 1,300 people took part in a lottery to join two guided tours for 30 people each.

Outside the venue, people protested the exhibit.

Among them was Nagoya City Mayor Takashi Kawamura, who serves as deputy head of the festival's executive committee.

Kawamura said the exhibit should not be held at the festival, which receives government subsidies. He added that the reopening means local residents and Japanese people as a whole accept the exhibit's content, and stressed that this is not good.

The festival is to run until next Monday.