Head of the St. Petersburg diocese for relations between the Church and society Archpriest Alexander Pelin, visiting the exhibition of the famous Belgian artist Jan Fabre “the Knight of despair – a warrior of beauty” in the Hermitage, which used stuffed animals, said that “it’s fairly shameful”, reports “Interfax-Religion”.

“Come to the Hermitage as a garden of beauty. And then you come in and see what you imposed enough dubious religious worldview,” – said the representative of the Russian Orthodox Church.

“We to Jan Fabre do not care much, but for what we in Russia such an art?! – said Pelin. In the art world now pervasive acts esotericism, occultism. These movements are called “new age” and so on. And, of course, Jan Fabre is one of the supporters of this new pseudo-religious metamorphoses, in which already there is neither God nor man with the highest ideals and meanings. Jan Fabre, I think, quite provocative artist.”

He also noted that, despite the age restriction of 16+, the exhibition of Fabre are free to hit children. Complaints in the St. Petersburg Metropolitanate on the occasion of this exposition is not received, “but all the people outraged”, the Internet “a lot of protests of ordinary people” and “even the staff of the Hermitage are outraged, they say that this is inappropriate,” said the Archpriest.

The management of the Hermitage: the work of Fabre is designed for “people who think”

Earlier the General Director of the Hermitage Mikhail Piotrovsky, commenting on the attacks from indignant with the opening of the Museum exposition Fabra, said that they are from the people who the exhibition was not even.

“We do not react,” he said, noting that in the Hermitage there is a whole education programme around Fabre, which covers social networks, apps, mobile devices, and includes roundtables. “But it is, of course, designed for people who are even slightly interested in, people thinking”.

Head of modern art Department of the Museum Dmitry Ozerkov said that to dismantle the exposition will not, and stressed that the opponents of the exhibition completely misunderstand the work of Belgian and, most likely, “Pasternak did not read”. Its exhibits Fabre raises problems of protection of animals thrown in the streets the owners, after which they die, said lakes.

“Fabre is trying to give them new life in art and thus to conquer death, – explained in the Department of contemporary art of the Hermitage. – Found along the highways of the body are hit by a car he makes from the waste of the consumer society in reproach of human cruelty”.

However, some believe that the stuffed animals have no place in the Hermitage and the art has no right to exist. The Hermitage has received a lot of accusations of cruelty from social media users after the opening of the exhibition of Fabre, who, as the materials to create compositions often uses stuffed birds and animals, shells of beetles and even blood. The artist emphasizes that he does no harm to living beings, and takes the bodies of dead animals.

There were even demands for the resignation of the Director of the Museum. The representatives of the Ministry of culture of the Russian Federation, headed by Vladimir Medinsky, was not his own opinion about the ongoing persecution of the exposition. The Agency distanced itself and refused to close the exhibition, explaining that this “zone of responsibility of the Museum.”

The Museum itself is in response to widely spread the hashtag “#Panoramica”, which was about angry responses about the exhibition, opened on their official pages in social networks the hashtag “#kaskisaari”, which talks about the paintings of the old masters with images of cats, and animals in contemporary art.

The main characters of my new column became famous Hermitage cats. Their pictures on the background of the interiors of the Winter Palace are reminiscent of the mission to protect homeless animals that the Hermitage has assumed voluntarily.

It is worth noting that the exhibition Fabre against the backdrop of public outrage about the actions of the Khabarovsk zhivoderok, who tortured and killed animals and birds along with humans.

The ROC evaluated the Fabre exhibition in the Hermitage: there is neither God nor man 18.11.2016

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