In the city of Novosibirsk, Orthodox bishop Tikhon has called for the closure of a show of the Picasso’s “Suite 347” series of erotic etchings, calling them a threat to public morals.
Tikhon took offense to the prints’ graphic sexual nature, noting that there were an inappropriate number of children at the exhibition and grandiosely claiming that, “This exhibition has been forbidden around the entire world, even in Moscow it couldn’t be shown.”
The latter statement doesn’t appear to be true: Picasso’s suite is also on view at public museums including the Pablo Picasso Museum in Barcelona, the National Library of France, and the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, as well as previously in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, according to the Voice of Russia.
Protest against American singer Madonna
According to Blouin Artinfo, the Russian Orthodox Church has come under fire lately for its social conservatism and political hypocrisy. In an op-ed for the Moscow Times, Russian journalist Victor Davidoff pointed out that in a meeting with a group of young people, Deacon Andrei Kurayev suggested that they “disrupt an upcoming Madonna concert by calling the police and reporting a bomb in the concert hall” as a form of protest against the musician.
Blouin Artinfo – 17 April 2012:
Siberian Bishop Demands Censorship of Erotic Picassos for the Good of the Children