Censorship

Ukraine

Outrage in Ukraine – Kiev museum destroyed controversial painting

Outrage in Ukraine – Kiev museum destroyed controversial painting

Posted August 1st, 2013

Censorship, Contemporary Art, Paintings, Shows, Ukraine

The deputy of Kiev’s Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum has just resigned, after director Natalia Zabolotna’s destroyed Volodymyr Kuznetsov’s “Koliivschina: Judgment Day”, which she considered immoral, by pouring black paint over it. The event happened just one night before President Viktor Ianoukovytch was supposed to inaugurate an… Read More

Sports

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Posted June 21st, 2013

Censorship, Politics, Russia, Sports

One of Russia’s most prominent modern art figures has been fired after refusing to allow an exhibit examining the darker side of the Sochi Olympics to be axed by censors. Albina Kovalyova reports for NBC News that “Marat Guelman, a gallery curator, was dismissed as… Read More

Internet

Copyrights – Blurry Google Meta-Art from China

Copyrights – Blurry Google Meta-Art from China

Posted June 3rd, 2013

Censorship, China, Contemporary Art, Copyright, Internet

Phil Thompson made screen grabs of the blurred images which had to be blurred for The Google Art Project, gets them painted at a painting factory in China and then exhibits the results in a gallery. A few words from the artist: “The Google Art… Read More

Sculptures

Venice removes controversial Boy with Frog statue by American artist Charles Ray

Venice removes controversial Boy with Frog statue by American artist Charles Ray

Venice removed a controversial white statue of a naked boy holding a frog by US sculptor Charles Ray from the entrance of the Grand Canal on Wednesday, sparking criticism from art lovers, AFP reports. The 2.4-metre (7.8-foot) high statue, commissioned by French billionaire collector Francois… Read More

Politics

Egypt’s art world defends freedom of expression

Egypt’s art world defends freedom of expression

Posted January 25th, 2013

Censorship, Contemporary Art, Egypt, Politics

Artists, curators, critics and academics fear that the new constitution threatens censorship of the arts and culture in Egypt. “Long Live Free Art”, the rallying-call title of an exhibition that closed in Cairo on 15 January, succinctly expressed the Egyptian art world’s growing resistance to… Read More

Videos

Gangnam Style: Anish Kapoor leads protest dance over censorship of Ai WeiWei

Gangnam Style: Anish Kapoor leads protest dance over censorship of Ai WeiWei

Posted November 16th, 2012

Censorship, China, Dance, Videos

“The original got the whole world laughing. Now artist Anish Kapoor has gone Gangnam Style — in a protest against censorship. The Turner Prize winner gathered top British artists and performers at his Camberwell studio to make a version of rapper Psy’s hit video, in… Read More

Documentaries

Censored – Artists from China and Shanghai about the daily pressure

Censored – Artists from China and Shanghai about the daily pressure

Posted November 8th, 2012

Censorship, China, Contemporary Art, Documentaries

China is dominating the news this week, but the country is not just an economic power house, it also has a booming art scene way beyond media darling Ai WeiWei and all of these artists are working under enormous pressure. Here we have a documentary… Read More

Videos

Ai Weiwei: The Internet vs. The Chinese Government

Ai Weiwei: The Internet vs. The Chinese Government

Posted November 5th, 2012

Censorship, China, Internet, Videos

I think those technology platforms [the internet and social media] constantly put the government on trial. And every event, every policy they make, people will laugh about it, and they will make fun about it. This is amazing for the younger generation. – Ai Weiwei… Read More

Politics

China moves to close Ai Weiwei ‘s design firm

China moves to close Ai Weiwei ‘s design firm

Posted October 3rd, 2012

Censorship, China, Politics

Chinese authorities are revoking the business license of a design company associated with famed dissident artist Ai Weiwei. A posting on the blog of legal consultant Liu Xiaoyuan said the district commercial affairs department had informed Ai WeiWei on Sunday that it was pulling the… Read More