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Prosecutors Have not Found Extremism of Jake and Dinos Chapman
13.12.2012 11:15
Prosecutors Have not Found Extremism of Jake and Dinos Chapman
photo: Ruslan Shamukov (itar-tass)

 The prosecutor's office of St. Petersburg has finished checking-up of the exhibition of the British artists Chapman brothers now displayed in the Hermitage Museum, and have not found any violations. 

      Thus no signs of extremism have been found at the exhibition, which got 130 complaints. During the check-up procurators talked to two museum representatives, who did not reveal any counteraction.

      It became known about the upcoming check up in the Hermitage on December 7. Then the museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky reported that people complained about one of the exposition art objects - a cross to which the clown Ronald McDonald and a teddy bear were nailed. Piotrovsky called the events were cultural degradation of society, and also noted that nobody could influence art policy of a museum.

      On December 10 it became clear that all the complaints with charges of insult of feelings of orthodox believers had been made a carbon copy.  The Chapman brothers’s exhibition under the name “End of Fun” was opened in the Hermitage in October and will last till January 13, 2013.  

      After it became known of public prosecutor's checking, the Chapman brothers in an interview for the BBC declared that they “extremely regret” that some visitors of their exhibition “were extremely upset” by the things they saw, and hoped that the prosecutor would accept their “extreme apologies”.  They also added that they would “never set foot to Russia again”. 


Author: Vera Ivanova

Tags: Hermitage Exhibitions in Saint Petersburg    

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