2010-07-12 10:37:00

Two representatives of museum community speak out in support of controversial art exhibition organizers

Moscow, July 12, Interfax - Two representatives of Russian museum community has spoken in support of Andrey Yerofeyev and Yury Samodurov, the organizers of a controversial exhibition the Banned Art, whose court sentence is expected on Monday.

"I don't think that artists or exhibition curators or art as a whole can be criminally punishable. Often people see in paintings what the artist did not mean by it at all. Time also makes its own adjustments and it will not be clear at all to the next generation what we are now arguing about," Irina Lebedeva, the general director of the Tretyakov Art Gallery where Yerofeyev used to work, said to Interfax.

Moscow Tagansky Court is expected to bring the verdict on Monday in the case of former director of the Sakharov Museum and Public Center Samodurov and former head of the section of the latest trends at the Tretyakov art Gallery Yerofeyev who organized the Banned Art 2006 exhibition in 2007.

The indictment says that the exhibit displayed works "carrying humiliating and insulting images hostile to the Christian religion and believers." The criminal case against the organizers was initiated according to Article 282 (inciting hatred or enmity).