Poland Opens Investigation of Swedish Artist for Using Ashes of Holocaust Victims in Painting

Swedish artist Carl Michael Hausswolf claims he used ashes of Holocaust victims from Majdanek concentration camp in his painting.

Polish authorities have opened an investigation into a artist’s claim he used the ashes in one of his paintings.
The AP reported”

Polish prosecutors have opened an investigation into a Swedish artist’s claim that he used the ashes of Holocaust victims to make a painting.

The artist, Carl Michael Hausswolf, wrote on the website of a gallery in Lund, Sweden, last year that he made a painting using ashes that he took from crematorium furnaces in Majdanek, a former Nazi German death camp located in eastern Poland, on a visit there in 1989.

Spokeswoman Beata Syk-Jankowska said Tuesday that local prosecutors have opened an investigation to check whether there is truth to his claim. She said there is no evidence and prosecutors are acting on media reports. Swedish investigators will be asked for assistance.

A review in the Swedish-language newspaper Sydsvenskan of the gallery shows Hausswolf’s painting. (New York Daily News)

As of Dec. 12, 2012 the Martin Bryder Gallery in Lund had pulled the painting from exhibition.

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  • BuddyG

    ghoulish grifter

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  • http://swesleymcgranor.wordpress.com S. Wesley Mcgranor

    This is an absolute masterpiece.

  • http://HTML Annie J

    Why? What possible purpose could this serve? It’s downright creepy.

  • valerie

    This is a poseur pretending to be an artist by giving deliberate offense to normal people. I am sure the kind of people who throw around the word bourgeoisie without knowing what it means will find it “edgy” and “refreshing.”

    Just for reference, most of the use of the word “bourgeoisie” in the United States is confused with “proletariat.” The reason I say this is because museums and other supporters of jerks like this are funded by either rich people or the government, both of which have pretenses to superior education and discernment, and not poor ones. “Artists” like this are exclusively supported by people with pretensions to being sophisticated, educated city-dwellers (bourgeoisie).


    This is your friendly, neighborhood Liberal cheerfully reminding you that normal people in the United States are well-educated and are perfectly capable of distinguishing between “Art” and “crap.”

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  • Patty

    I can’t imagine when a person wakes up and says, HUMMM, I will use ashes of Holocaust victims for my artwork.
    How does one even get the ashes. Why was that allowed?

  • RKflorida

    Burn the painting and send the ashes to Israel for interment with a letter of apology.

  • stuart

    I’m having a hard time deciding which is the greater atrocity; using the ashes, or the work itself.
    It epitomizes everything that is wrong with modern art. If I want shock value I’ll go see Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D. At least there the body parts are fake.

  • Fu#k Obama

    Imam Obama wants one for his living room in Chicago….

    As he plans the destruction of Israel

  • Lim Lynn

    1st Question is whether the ashes can be proven as the ashes of holocaust victims by asking him which furnace the ashes taken from. 2nd Question you can’t remove the ashes from the painting instead you had to return the painting to Israel. Thus, if it’s proven he should apologize and repay back for doing so.

  • bronxdude

    How come no artists used the ashes from all those qur’an that pastor in Florida burned to paint Mohamed?

    That would be ground breaking… At least until the fatwa….