Russia censors Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014

Posted June 21st, 2013

Censorship, Politics, Russia, Sports

Russia censor Olympic-themed art ahead of Sochi 2014
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 director of the Perm Museum of Contemporary Art after backing the controversial “Welcome! Sochi 2014″ exhibit by Vasily Slonov. It included images of the Olympic rings in barbed wire and as various colored nooses.

When the the exhibit was closed by Russian authorities last week during a cultural festival organized by Guelman, the well-known gallery curator moved the pictures to the museum.

Guelman posted on his Twitter page Wednesday that he had been fired by Igor Gladnev, the minister of culture for the Perm region.

“Gladnev just called me and confirmed the fact of my dismissal. The Ministry of Culture, it seems, has confused its role with that of the FSB [the former KGB],” Guelman wrote.

Russian Internet portal Lifenews also reported that authorities had raided Guelman’s former offices at the museum (link in Russian). It added that officials had launched a legal case into Slonov’s works, alleging he had used Sochi 2014 symbols without permission.”

Read on at NBC.

Image Courtesy Vasiliy Slonov