September 30, 2010

Famous Russian painter urges to kill Putin

Publication time: Today at 13:16 Emirate time
Russia on Wednesday confirmed that it had blocked the export of 4 paintings by a famous contemporary Russian artist due to be shown at the Louvre in Paris because they "incite extremism".
The abstract works by artist Avdei Ter-Oganyan "could be seen as calls for a coup d'etat," deputy culture minister Andrei Busygin told.
Ter-Oganyan was due to send four works to the exhibition of Russian contemporary art, due to open in October.
The one work consists of geometric patterns with the caption "This work urges you to commit an attack on the life of the statesman V.V. Putin in order to end his state and political activities."
Some newspapers in Russia reported about the ban, but no Russian media ever dared to give the name of the picture due to severe censorship in Russia-
The other three banned pictures are less interesting and were banned only in order not to attract the attention to the urge to kill the bloody mass murderer and tyrant Putin.
Deputy culture minister Busygin told that the work "falls under the federal law on fighting extremism".
The culture ministry and a federal arts watchdog "expressed doubts about the advisability of exhibiting these works at the Louvre," he said.
Several major artists due to take part in the exhibition announced a boycott on Saturday in support of Ter-Oganyan.
"Counterpoint: Russian Contemporary Art" is scheduled to open at the Louvre on October 14 and run through to January 31, 2011. It is organized by two Moscow galleries, including the state-owned National Centre for Contemporary Art.
Prominent gallerist Marat Guelman on Wednesday slammed the ministry decision.
"In our country, by law there is no censorship. This is a disgrace," he told AFP.
Meanwhile, Russian painters threatened to boycott an exhibition of contemporary Russian art at the Louvre over the removal of works, a gallery owner said.
"Seven artists have declared that they won't participate in the exhibition in solidarity with Avdei Ter-Oganyan whose works were censured by the culture ministry," prominent Moscow gallery owner Marat Guelman told AFP.
The boycott of the exhibition at the Louvre opening next month "will draw attention to this absurd conflict between art and the authorities. My works were created for this purpose and demonstrate the idiocy of idiots," Ter-Oganyan wrote on his website.
The "Counterpoint: Russian Contemporary Art" is scheduled to open at Paris' top museum on October 14 and run through January 31, 2011.
The work entitled "This work urges you to commit an attack on the life of the statesman V.V. Putin in order to end his state and political activities" was created by the painter in 2004 and has been previously demonstrated in Spain and France. It was not forbidden for export at that time because the KGB junta that rules Russia didn't feel strong enough to persecute painters until 2010.
Ter-Oganyan fled Russia for Prague in 2000, where he still lives today, after the KGB started his religiuos persecutions for some chopped Russian OrthodoxChurch icons that, like many Russian Protestants under the Tsars, smashed with an axe during a public meeting in 1998. The KGB started to persecute the painter immediately after the KGB Colonel Putin came to power in 2000. As is known, a so-called "Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow" is a religious branch of the KGB/FSB.
Russian Protestants consider icons as a sign of idolatry (worship of images, instead of God) forbidden for true Christians.
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