May 18, Vladimir Putin re-appointed to the post of Minister of culture Vladimir Medinsky, whose historical revisionism, hatred of modern art and unbridled authoritarianism is now well-known in Russian and international artistic circles. This decision confirms that to achieve their goals the master of the Kremlin uses the heroic and pompous Russian national art, based on the rewriting of the history of Stalinism in a positive way – this line vigorously promoted since 2012 Medina, the journalist writes Le Monde Frederick Guano.
In 2010, this man became known for a series of books called “Myths about Russia” (“OLMA Media group”, not translated), designed in order to eradicate the so-called Western allegations about Russian history, reminds the author.
But after the appointment of Medinsky Minister in may 2012 a lot of fuss about his views on culture, the article says.
He criticized the Director Kirill Serebrennikov, because he had intended to make a film about Peter Tchaikovsky, in which he mentioned the homosexuality of the composer – according to the Minister, “there is no evidence” of such allegations, reports the journalist.
Medina rejected his government funding. Since the unfortunate Serebrennikov, artistic Director of “Gogol-center”, where crowds eager audience, nominated for the festival prize “at the Venice Mostra” in 2012, the award is named after françois Chalet at the Cannes film festival in 2016 for the film “Student”, which exposes the rise of Orthodox fanaticism in Russia, has survived many tribulations. In may 2017, he was accused of misappropriating public funds, his impressions of the ballet “Nureyev” at the Bolshoi theater was canceled, he was then arrested, placed under house arrest, his passport was confiscated, describes, Juanjo.
At Medina there are other scapegoats. In may 2016, too, under the pretext of embezzlement of public money, was detained and questioned by police Mikhail Mindlin, Director of the national centre for contemporary arts (NCCA). Further, the NCCA was absorbed by the state Museum and exhibition centre ROSIZO, and the founder of the Moscow Biennale of contemporary art Joseph Backstein dismissed, the article says.
The exhibition, arranged in order of the Medina, discover the stunning academic and nationalism. In 2015, he solemnly opens the exhibition “Romantic realism. Soviet painting 1925-1945”, showing the official art of the Stalin era, which depicts happy people, thriving in a prosperous country, the author writes.
In the beginning of 2016 Medina continues to create favorable conditions for official conservative art: he is promoting the exhibition Alexander Gerasimov (1881-1963), portrait of Stalin, then Helium Korzheva (1925-2012 (original error in the birth year – 1915. – Approx. ed.), militant Communist, a supporter of socialist realism, the article says.
In September 2017 Medina again scored, solemnly opening a seven-meter monument, the model of which he presented to Putin – it’s a statue of engineer Mikhail Kalashnikov, who is standing, tightly gripping his AK-47 is one of the most lethal infantry weapons in the world, indicates Goingo. “Kalashnikov is the epitome of the best traits of the Russian people, – said Medina, and then added: – a Kalashnikov – a real, you might say, a cultural brand of Russia”.
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