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Religious fanatics smash sculptures

Religious fanatics smash sculptures

Several sculptures by the renowned Soviet artist Vadim Sidur, above, have been smashed in the centre of Moscow by fanatical Orthodox activists who regarded the artworks ‘blasphemous’.

According to this report, Yelena Karneyeva, spokesperson for the Manege Museum – adjacent to the Kremlin and the Red Square – said:

Delusional people came to the exhibition and  broke several works belonging to the Manege collection, by Vadim Sidur.

Orthodox activist Dmitry Tsorionov, also known as Enteo, head of the conservative God’s Will group, confirmed that he was at the Manege.

We called the police. They will close the exhibition for offending believers.

Enteo, who attempted to stop a gay pride rally in Moscow this year said the exhibition featured an “indecent” depiction of Jesus Christ and was:

Dirty, harsh mockery of Jesus Christ and the saints.

Russian police detained Enteo during an unauthorised rally in central Moscow in May 2015. Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov.

Russian police detained Enteo during an unauthorised rally in central Moscow in May 2015. Photo: Dmitry Serebryakov.

The exhibition, entitled “Sculptures that We Don’t See” was attacked on August 14. It included works of religious themes by Soviet sculptors – such as Sidur, Nikolai Silis, and Vladimir Lemport – censored during the Soviet period for being “non-conformist.”

The attack has sparked outrage. The radio journalist Vladimir Varfolomeev at Echo of Moscow tweeted:

Now Orthodox warriors are smashing a sculpture exhibition in the center of Moscow. Hail the Russian IS.

Alexei Knedlyakovsky, an artist whose installation about the Russian protest movement was also damaged by Enteo last year, tweeted:

Maybe after this Enteo will finally get jailed?

Meanwhile, Vladimir Legoida, a spokesperson for the Orthodox Church,  said there should be a “legal assessment” of the attack, but added that believers:

Undoubtedly have the right to protest.

According to the BBC, top art gallery directors in Russia have denounced the vandals. In an open letter the gallery chiefs condemned the God’s Will group, which claims on its website that it stands for:

The resurrection and development of Russia as an Orthodox Empire, worshipping God the Creator and for a Russia without homosexuals, abortions, drug addiction or alcoholism.

The directors of Moscow’s world-famous Pushkin Museum and Tretyakov Gallery were among the signatories to the letter. They warned that the attack:

Threatens all of Russia’s museum community.

Separately, the head of the Hermitage Museum, Mikhail Piotrovsky, also deplored the attack, calling it:

An attempt to portray the Russian Orthodox Church as primitive and aggressive.

Four of Sidur’s works were damaged by the group – some of them severely. Sidur was a non-conformist, avant-garde artist in the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s. He was a disabled World War Two veteran and died in 1986.

Hat tip: AgentCormac

16 responses to “Religious fanatics smash sculptures”

  1. Stuart H. says:

    So an exhibition of work that was banned during the ‘official’ Soviet era because it had religious themes might have to close because religious bigots think it’s blasphemous?
    You couldn’t make it up!

  2. L.Long says:

    Nothing says stupid like a frantic religious dimwit, well may a number of them beating on stone because the stone was blasphemous!

  3. Great Satan says:

    Banned by the Soviet Marxists for being non-conformist – smashed up by the Christian fundies for blasphemy – ahh – the irony ! – two sides of the same totalitarian counterfeit coin .. and modern day leftists still don’t understand their own totalitarian mindset !

  4. Broga says:

    And all done with a vomit inducing display of the certainty of their insane beliefs.

  5. AgentCormac says:

    Next stop: burning books.

  6. dennis says:

    ok, back to my science books! these theist are killing my life with their want of power. theist learn science and help humanity. their is your power theist not in mombo jumbo. I understand mombo jumbo is easier to understand than science but being destructive is a plan to heaven- come on.

  7. Newspaniard says:

    What can you expect from a country whose leader thinks that he is Stalin reincarnated?

  8. barriejohn says:

    Newspaniard: The French guillotined their king and ended up with Napoleon (an emperor!); the Americans booted out King George and instituted a presidency with sweeping powers; the Russians toppled the tsars and wound up with Stalin; the Chinese finished with their emperors and replaced them with Mao. It’s called irony!

  9. carlynot says:

    Hey, give him a break. He’s an orthodox warrior.
    Besides, the church says because he is a believer he undoubtedly has a right to protest , unlike those dirty athiests.

  10. carlynot says:

    pardon my spelling, atheists.

  11. AgentCormac says:

    His god is angry, violent and vengeful. Maybe he did create us in his own image afterall.

  12. asquith says:

    Incidentally, that policeman arresting Enteo is the gayest person I’ve seen all day.

  13. barriejohn says:

    Asquith:

    that policeman arresting Enteo is the gayest person I’ve seen all day.

    Not now he isn’t:

    http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/AFP_Getty-521826296.jpg

    Brave Russian paratroopers assaulting a lone gay protester. We’ve seen them here before, and there is a video available on YouTube.

  14. AgentCormac says:

    No matter how abhorrent violence is, sometimes, in exceptional circumstaces, fire has to be met with fire – Churchill’s understanding of the true evil of Nazism and his determination to fight and defeat it, in the face of spineless British political appeasement in the late 1930s, being a prime example. (For some fascinating background to this, I would recommend you read Boris Johnson’s excellent book ‘The Churchill Factor’.)

    So while I would never celebrate the death of another human being, I am not exactly going to mourn the passing of Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali, deputy leader of the IS, who has, apparently, been killed in a US military strike. Fadhil Ahmad al-Hayali wasn’t human, he was utterly inhuman. And the difference between this vile monster and Khaled al-Asaad, the archaeologist his IS regime tortured and butchered, couldn’t be more stark. The world is a better, safer and more humane place without him.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-34022583

  15. 1859 says:

    @barriejohn: That photo of the four ‘brave Russian paratroopers’ harassing the lone gay protester you posted, has been haunting me all day. The caption I want to put into the toothless mouth of the para with the tatooed arm is ‘Ha! You call yourself the son of god!’
    In 2000 years such state sanctioned persecution is still with us – what a piece of work is man!