Russian files suit over 'kissing policemen' exhibit currently showing in Paris

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22 November 2007, MOSCOW - The director of Russia's Tretyakov Gallery said Wednesday he is suing the culture minister over his remarks attacking an exhibit that featured a photo of two policemen kissing.

22 November 2007

MOSCOW - The director of Russia's Tretyakov Gallery said Wednesday he is suing the culture minister over his remarks attacking an exhibit that featured a photo of two policemen kissing.

Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov is accused of publicly offending the Tretyakov Gallery when he lashed out against the Sots-Art exhibit currently showing in Paris, describing it as "pornographic" and corrupt.

"The minister has offended the Tretyakov Gallery when he notably accused us of corruption," Valentin Rodionov told AFP. "On Monday, I filed suit against him."

Sokolov last month said the exhibit was a "disgrace to Russia" and singled out the photo of the two uniformed policemen locked in a passionate kiss as an example of pornographic material.

The minister refused to allow the photo entitled "Kissing Policemen" to be included in the exhibit currently on show at Paris' La Maison Rouge until January 20.

Sokolov also said that the Tretyakov Gallery had entered into a deal with private galleries to include works from their collections in the exhibit so as to fetch a higher price for them.

"This is nothing less than corruption," the minister had said.

The Sots-Art exhibit comprised some 160 works from the clandestine movement that began in the 1970s, when Russia was under Soviet rule.

AFP

Subject: French news

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