Censorship Squabble Steals Spotlight from Paris Exhibition

Censorship Squabble Steals Spotlight from Paris Exhibition
An exhibition of contemporary Russian art in Paris made headlines weeks ago when Russian culture minister Alexander Sokolov embargoed two dozen of the artworks—including The Era of Mercy by Blue Noses, which depicts two male Russian police officers kissing—preventing the works from traveling to Paris and calling them a disgrace to Russia. Now, Valentin Rodionov, director of the state-run Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, where the show, "Sots Art" (Socialist Art), originated in 1972, is responding by suing Sokolov for defamation. But despite the hubbub, the exhibition itself, at the Maison Rouge, is garnering less attention, according to Bloomberg.