Story By: Gheorghi Caraseni, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Organisers of an art exhibition have been criticised for sticking post-it notes over the naked female body parts featured in two paintings.
The incident took place at the ‘Art Yekaterinburg’ exhibition taking place in the city of Yekaterinburg in the western Russian region of Sverdlovsk Oblast when organisers decided to make two of the paintings ‘child friendly’.
With thousands of paintings, sculptures and other works of art on display, many visitors’ eyes were drawn to two paintings featuring scenes from Mikhail Bulgakov’s novel ‘The Master and Margarita’ painted by Russian artist Vladimir Tuzlukov.
Post-it notes and strips of paper were used to cover Margarita’s intimate areas because organisers wanted the exhibition to be accessible to children.
Event organiser Andrey Shennikov said: “Some parents asked us to hide the woman’s intimate areas from their children so we covered the naked bodies temporarily.”
He added that the stickers were removed from the paintings shortly afterwards.
Art director for the Ural-Poster Gallery, Salavat Fazlitdinov, believes the paintings were censored to draw attention to the exhibition.
Fazlitdinov said: “I have traded paintings for many years and I have never seen anything like this. However, the organisers provided fantastic PR for the artist.”
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