War and Art – Güneri Cıvaoğlu

last week in Bodrum “Literature and Environment” had activity. German MP Claudia Roth and former Greek Foreign Minister Papandreou also attended this event organized by the Zülfü Livaneli Foundation and the Bodrum Municipality.

It was a reflection of art and politics.


In the context of the Ukraine war “Politics and Art” The pictures are interesting.

For example…

world famous “Bolshoi (Bolshoi)” Theater of Russia in Ukraine “Military Operations will organize a series of ballet performances in support explained.

“All proceeds go to the families of Russian soldiers who died in the war” announced.

Oleg Tabakov Theater on the three-story facade of his building in central Moscow. “He hung the Banner Z, the military symbol of victory.”

The police searched Aleksey Lubimov’s concert.



That “Support for the War” Despite their paintings, Russian artists mean business “Anti-Attitudes” There are also.



GES-2, Russia “The Tate Modern” was supposedly made.

A few steps from the Kremlin, the power station has been transformed into a wonderful modern art center designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano.

A splendor extends over an area of ​​54,000 square meters “The Temple of Art…”

Moscow art lovers on Saturday GES-2When they arrived, a nasty surprise awaited them.

There was no art!

The walls were empty…

Russian artist Evgeni Antufiev, whose works are on display “At this time, when people are still dying in occupations and wars and their blood is being spilled, this is not the time for contemporary art.” he said and took his works.

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The Bolshoi announced that “ballet performances will be held in honor of the families of Russian soldiers who lost their lives in Ukraine.”


So does the Icelandic artist Ragnar Kjartansson…

“It feels like a crime to drink cocktails at art shows and private viewings while people are being killed…”

Numerous Russian and foreign artists, curators, including Kjartansson “that they cannot use the museum’s platform to take a stand against the occupation of Ukraine” Understanding, they quickly moved away from GES-2.


That “Russian Tate Modern”I had a grand opening late last year.

Russian President Vladimir Putin was at the inauguration with oligarch Leonid Mikhelson, who funded the construction of the GES-2 by paying millions of dollars out of his own pocket.

“It will strengthen the rapprochement between Western culture and Russian culture” It was an attempt.

GES-2responsible for care “VAC” The artistic director of the foundation, Manacorda, was the focus of intense inquiries from art circles immediately after the start of the invasion of Ukraine.

“GES-2 and all museums of the country oppose the occupation of Ukraine, write open letters” Inquiries like…

Then Manacorda resigned.

“It is not possible to exhibit anti-war works.

The legal consequence of an anti-war declaration is 15 years. made the statement.

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He demands a prison sentence of up to 10 years and is sentenced to remand. Petersburg artist Aleksandra Scotileko.


Another building that appears to be empty in the coming weeks is the Russian National Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

Built just before the 1917 Russian Revolution, this pavilion is a meeting place for Russia’s cultural elite.

Two Russian artists, right after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, “that they will not represent their country in the pavilion” they announced.

Others followed him.

Curator Raimundas Malasauskas also resigned.

In the early days of the war – before the law made it a crime to resist occupation – more than 17,000 Russian artists “anti-war” They had signed an open letter.


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A giant “Z” symbol, meaning victory, hung on the facade of the Oleg Tabakov Theater in Moscow in support of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

On the other hand, hundreds of artists left the country.

One of them is the description of Antonina Baever:

“There is no other option for me. I could not remain silent by staying in Russia. I couldn’t be free…

To make anti-war art in Russia you have to risk 15 years in prison…”

However, there are also artists who darken their eyes.

They resort to interesting methods.

For example…

St. Petersburg artists. Alexandra Skokilenko “Price tags in a supermarket replaced with messages protesting the occupation of Ukraine…”

It’s a bold move, but he was arrested immediately.

He faces up to ten years in prison for discrediting the Russian army.


Another example…

Last Tuesday, the police searched a cultural center in Moscow.

pianist Alexey Lubimov While they were performing Schubert’s piece at a classical anti-war concert, two police officers appeared on the stage.

He interrupted the performance.

The hall has been emptied…

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Russian artist Evgeni Antufiev, who pulled his works from GES-2…


russian artists, “24. February”I think, “Decades of accumulation turned upside down overnight” one says.


Note: In this article, I also benefited from an article in The Guardian entitled “Empty galleries and escaped artists: Russia’s cultural break with the West”.

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