Christianophobic Exhibit in Moscow

Country: Russia

Date of incident: January 14, 2003

Category: Social Hostility / Intolerance

Attack against: Faith

Area of case: Private



Visitors are shocked by christianophobic exhibit in Andrei Sakharov Museum in Moscow as it shows Jesus and Mary in humiliating positions. Intention of organizers described as exposing hypocrisy of religion.

The exhibit called “Beware of religion!” in the Andrei Sakharov museum in Moscow opened on January 14th, 2003 and “shocked the visitors as it contained amongst other pieces an imitation of a large icon of Christ with a road sign instead of a face; an imitation of an icon of Christ with openings for the face and hands, through which visitors were invited to place their corresponding body parts and be photographed; a billboard with a Coca-Cola logo depiction of Christ and the inscription “This is My Blood”; a cross covered with garlands of sausages; a pornographic photograph of a crucified woman, between whose legs was placed an icon of the Virgin Mary. Depictions of naked people were placed under the exhibit's hall’s ceiling. Monitors placed in various parts of the hall showed videos of naked people making lewd movements,” reports Dmitry Ageev of the Russian Orthodox Church’s Representation to the European Institutions. According to the artists and organizers the works presented on the exhibit were meant to “draw attention on the hypocritical role of religion in the contemporary world”.
Metropolitan Kyrill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad called the exhibit a “direct provocation that creates tension in our society,” reports the Russian Information Agency Novosti.

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