Koliivschina: Judgment Day

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Artist: Volodymyr Kuznetsov

Year: 2013

Date of Action: July 25, 2013

Region: Russia and Central Asia

Location: Kyiv

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Painting

Confronting Bodies: The museum Director of Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum: Natalia Zabolotna

Description of Artwork: The painting, a mural measuring 11 meters by 5 meters, showed a flaming nuclear reactor with priests and judges semisubmerged in a vat of red liquid. A car that appeared to be carrying officials was shown plunging into the vat -- likely a reference to the numerous traffic accidents caused by officials in the country. A hodgepodge of other figures were grouped alongside, including what appeared to be the image of Iryna Krashkova, the woman who accused two police officers and a civilian of beating and raping her last month.

The Incident: Days before the opening of a new exhibition at Kiev’s Mystetskyi Arsenal museum, its director Natalia Zabolotna destroyed one of the pieces included in the show, a mural byVolodymyr Kuznetsov, which Zabolotna considered to be immoral. She painted over the mural with spray-paint.

Results of Incident: Zabolotna, has since apologized for destroying the work but has stated that she believes that Kuznetsov deviated from the intent of the exhibition

Source: http://www.rferl.org/content/ukraine-art-destroyed-kuznetsov-kievan-rus-yanukovych/25058261.html