17 August 2015, 10:21
Manezh radical attack to increase price of insurance for works of art going to Moscow - culture expert
Moscow, August 17, Interfax - A Russian culture expert, a member of the presidential council for human rights and the editor-in-chief of the Iskusstvo Kino (Cinema Art) magazine, Daniil Dondurei has said that that the attack by quasi-religious activists on an exhibition at the Manezh Exhibition Center hurts Russia's image and will have long-term negative effects.
According to official data, four linocuts by famous Soviet artist and sculptor Vadim Sidur were damaged in the attack by members of God's Will, an Orthodox movement.
"These people are causing incredible damage to the Russian culture, our country's global image. This will lead to a significant increase in the price of insuring art masterpieces, which already cost millions, when being sent to Russia. This is going to hit tourism, everything," Dondurei told Interfax.
"The point is not even Sidur's works, although what happened is terrible and wrong for those who appreciate this graphic artist. The point is it turns out that in Moscow one can just come and cause physical damage to a work of art," he said.
"A certain cultural taboo has been violated and borders opened. It is now possible to apply violence towards art, towards culture in a broad sense. This is done on their own by all kinds of groups that associate themselves with elements of the official doctrine. The society is starting to feel they will walk away unpunished," Dondurei said.
"This will inflict massive damage not only on culture but on the entire system of Russian social life, including general psychology and economy. Dozens of consequences that we are not seeing today," the culture expert said.
He said he is worried that police had released the quasi-religious activists.
"This is a reason for a criminal inquiry. Everywhere in the world, such things get incredibly prosecuted," Dondurei said.