Sarkozy’s father stages erotic art exhibition in Spain

June 26th, 2008 - 7:08 pm ICT by IANS  

Madrid, June 26 (DPA) Pal Sarkozy, 80, father of French President Nicolas Sarkozy, is staging a surrealistic and erotic art exhibition in Madrid, Spanish media reported Thursday. The 35 works on display, many of which combine painting with photomontage, have been made by Sarkozy and his German friend Werner Hornung, 60, with whom he formerly worked in advertising.

“We choose an idea, he draws something and I work on it until we give it a final form,” the daily El Pais quoted Hornung as saying.

The paintings on display at the Casa de Vacas cultural centre in Madrid’s Retiro park include a portrait of Nicolas Sarkozy with an earring in the form of France’s Legion of Honour award.

Pal Sarkozy gave the painting to Nicolas after he was elected president in 2007. Nicolas lent it back to his father for the Madrid exhibition.

The works on display also include erotic portraits of women, though Sarkozy denied being a “Don Juan,” with the daily El Mundo quoting him as saying: “I have not had that many women.”

The two artists were not “obsessed” with women, Hornung said. “But we like women,” he added.

Pal Sarkozy said he decided to launch the exhibition in Spain, because he had friends there and because he did not want to “profit from the position” of his son in France.

The exhibition titled “Out of Mind” will run through July 13. It will then travel to Valencia in eastern Spain, and to Paris.

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