German artist Jonathan Meese ended up beating charges of doing Nazi salutes. In Germany Nazi gestures are banned. Meese was charged with doing a Nazi salute twice at an event called Megalomania in the Art World in Kassel, Germany. Luckily for Meese, one retarded law can be beaten with the law that says works of art are exempt.
I wouldn’t go to one of his shows myself, but I do like troublemakers. I hope he continues to ask questions of the ugly system that rules over us. What next Germany, a ban on history? We’re doomed to repeat the past if we don’t ask questions of it.
Another German artist to use the Hitler salute in art is Anselm Kiefer. Here’s a work on paper that he did, from a series of photographs that he took of himself doing the salute around the country. Honestly, I think artists just use it to get attention. It’s like saying “hug me, hug me”