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An oil painting by Adolf Hitler hanging in an Italian museum has been attacked by a man wielding a screwdriver.

(BBC)

The untitled work was damaged by a 40-year-old antifascist who was outraged that the painting by the german leader was hanging in a public space, the Corriere della Sera newspaper reports.

It had been loaned by a private collector to the Museum of Salo, on the shores of Lake Garda, for an exhibition called the "Museum of Madness" earlier this year.

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Giordano Bruno Guerri, the president of the museum, saw art in the attack on the oil painting as well. "The show about madness would not have been complete if it did not host an episode of madness," he said.

The exhibition's curator, Vittorio Sgarbi disagreed, saying that even unpleasant works "should be viewed with contempt and distance... without reproducing the censorship and hatred expressed by dictators," Germany's Deutsche Welle reports.

The painting has been repaired and returned to the exhibition, and its German owner has decided not to press charges against the attacker.

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