"Calm vernissage" of new roundabout dogs
Artist Lars Vilks showed off a new series of his controversial portrayals of the Prophet Mohammed as roundabout dogs at what was described as a “calm vernissage” in Malmö Saturday.
There were protests across the Islamic world over Vilks’ earlier work portraying the founder of the Muslim faith. In Malmö Saturday there were police at the gallery and on surrounding streets. But the commanding officer at the scene, Lotta Svensson, described the situation as “very calm”.
A number of people demonstrated in support of Vilks outside the gallery.
By midday the gallery was filled with visitors as the artist presented 27 paintings, each with a small roundabout dog. Among the visitors was Björn Söder, party chair of the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat Party.