The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Saturday, December 20, 2014


President Vladimir Putin signs legislation banning swear words in art, films
Russia's President Vladimir Putin lays flowers at one of the blocks honoring several cities of the Soviet Union, the sites of the major Red Army battles of World War II, near the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Moscow on June 22, 2014, during a ceremony to mark the 73rd anniversary of the 1941 Nazi Germany invasion of the Soviet Union. Putin called today on Ukraine's leadership and rebels to start genuine dialogue, saying Kiev should halt military operations and guarantee the rights of Russian speakers in the separatist east. AFP PHOTO/ RIA-NOVOSTI/ POOL/ ALEXEY DRUZHININ.
MOSCOW (AFP).- A hugely controversial Russian law banning curse words in films, theatre, the media and arts came into force on Tuesday, part of a Kremlin-backed drive to play up traditional values and root out swearing.

The legislation, wich was signed off by President Vladimir Putin in May, imposes hefty fines on offenders -- up to 2,500 rubles ($72) for individuals and up to 50,000 rubles ($1,460) for businesses.

Movies featuring obscenities will not be issued a distribution licence, while traders will now be obliged to warn consumers about swear words.

The legislation does not spell out what constitutes profanity but the law is widely seen to be targeting Russia's hugely potent lingua franca of obscenities known as "mat".

While critics say the targeted swear words are highly offensive to the Russian ear and their use should be curtailed, supporters say "mat" is an artform and can be instrumental in helping express extreme human conditions like pain or anger.

Many ridiculed the legislation, saying efforts to outlaw what essentially is an inalienable part of Russia's culture will fail.

Some of Russia's best-loved poets including Mikhail Lermontov and Alexander Pushkin are known for using swear words in their works.

Art-house director Andrei Zvyagintsev's movie "Leviathan", which won critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival in May, is among films that now face an uncertain future in Russia over their use of swear words.

Since returning to the Kremlin for a third term in 2012, Putin has sought to rally support from his middle-aged supporters and strengthen ties between society and the Orthodox Church.

The ban is the latest in a series of measures that seek to play up conservatives values and promote Russia as an antithesis to the West.


© 1994-2014 Agence France-Presse





Today's News

July 2, 2014

Chinese collectors pay huge sums to treasure artist Xu Beihong's heroic horses

Exhibition unveils new master plan designed by Frank Gehry for the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Exhibition reveals links between some of Picasso's work and programmes shown on French television

Artist Tracey Emin's unmade bed sells for $3.8 million at Christie's sale in London

President Vladimir Putin signs legislation banning swear words in art, films

Polish city's new statue by artist Bartosz Szydlowski cuts a urinating Lenin down to size

Sotheby's to offer Property from the Collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon this Fall in New York

Zaha Hadid's The Heydar Aliyev Center in Azerbaijan wins Design of the Year 2014

London gallery removes Leena McCall painting deemed too pornographic and disgusting

Magna Carta, inspiration for America's Founding Fathers, visits Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

ArtBinder, the leading mobile app for galleries, raises $3.17m for product innovation and global expansion

Display of fiercely battling saber-tooth cats from Dakota Badlands cuts to the chase in I.M. Chait's auction

Dr. Vanja Malloy appointed American Art Curator at the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College

Museum De Pont announces summer presentation the collection and recent acquisitions

'Andra Ursuta: Scytheseeing' on view at Kölnischer Kunstverein

25 Blythe Road announces paintings auction curated by Harry Moore Gwyn on 3-8 July

Aitor Lara wins the 2014 PHE OjodePez Award for Human Values for his series Children in Poverty in Spain

"American Trucks" by Ulysse Fréchelin: A stunning book and photographic exhibition

National Glass Centre announces £1 million funding success as the Centre celebrates anniversary

'Gilbert & George: Films and Video Sculptures, 1972-1981' opens at Lehmann Maupin

Van Gogh Museum awarded sustainability certificate

Moeller Fine Art launches Moeller Art Advisory; Closes Berlin gallery space

Miniature works of art on view at the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City

Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2014: Shortlisted images revealed

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Colossal statue of Amenhotep III unveiled on the west bank of the Nile in Egypt

2.- British royals crown New York visit with gala dinner

3.- Missing artwork rediscovered in "Stuart Little" sells for over 200,000 euros at auction

4.- Rossetti's Venus Verticordia soars at Sotheby's in London to sell for £2.88 million

5.- Russian magnate buys, then returns Nobel prize to American geneticist James Watson

6.- Egyptian Museum unveils four newly renovated halls of the famed Tutankhamun gallery

7.- 'The Secret of Dresden: From Rembrandt to Canaletto' on view at the Groninger Museum

8.- Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum reopens after three-year renovation

9.- More than 200 queries about works by possible heirs received on Nazi-era art hoard

10.- Attorney, artist and filmmaker reflects on the seven lessons learned at 2014 Art Basel Miami Beach



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site