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Russia's Hermitage museum faces outcry over Jan Fabre exhibition

2016年 11月 30日 Wednesday - 01:32

An exhibition by the Belgian artist Jan Fabre in St.Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum provokes outcry from church and animal lovers. Saskia O'Donoghue reports.

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The Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg is one of the oldest and most famous in the world. And these days, the iconic museum is attracting even more people. The new exhibition Knight of Despair / Warrior of Beauty by Belgian artist Jan Fabre is causing an outcry among its visitors. On display are stuffed animals and birds next to classic masterpieces from Flemish artists. SOUNDBITE Head of Modern art State Hermitage Museum Dmitry Ozerkov: "The majority of negative reactions come from people who haven't seen the exhibition. They only have seen some online activity. People who visited the exhibition generally understand It is a complicated concept." Online users launched a campaign on social media using the hashtag "Shame on Hermitage". They're calling on the museum director to shut down the exhibition. But overall opinions are mixed. SOUNDBITE student Maria Abramenko: "Fabre is raising awareness that people should look at. What is around them. Those animals who are near and really need help." Jan Fabre denied any accusations of cruelty and claimed that he only used dead animals to create the installations. He says the exhibition is devoted to the theme of beauty in the modern world. SOUNDBITE activist work in dog shelter Olga Fatush: "My first emotion was a rush of indignation and protest. I was outraged. I wanted to shout. To call the museum director and tell them: 'Stop this! This is cannot be at the Hermitage!" Despite the controversy, people are continuing to people flock to the exhibition - which is open until April next year.

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Russia's Hermitage museum faces outcry over Jan Fabre exhibition

2016年 11月 30日 Wednesday - 01:32