Graffiti penis dropped from art contest

Penis art exhibitionA controversial painting of a large penis on a bridge in St. Petersburg, Moscow has been dropped from the shortlist for an art prize.

According to Reuters, the painting, which pointed skyward when the bridge was raised, was painted last June by opposition art group Voina, or War, to protest tight security in the city prior to the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum.

The picture, which was washed off by firefighters, faced the St. Petersburg headquarters of the Federal Security Service.

Organizers of the prize for innovation awarded by the State Center of Contemporary Arts and supported by the Culture Ministry had included the picture, which Voina had called "A Penis in KGB captivity."

But after failing to get approval to include the picture from Voina, the organizers removed it from the shortlist, they announced on their web site.

Voina condemned the withdrawal of the prize from the competition.

"The repressive act of removing the Voina group from the award brings shame on the [organizers] and the Culture Ministry," one of the group's activists, Alexei Plutser-Sarno, posted on his web page.

Source: www.themoscowtimes.com Published March 1 2011
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