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Prague gallery showcases Russian resistance art; PM to oppose EU budget at summit
Posted: February 8, 2013
The exhibition's name alludes to the Russian punk band whose female members have been sentenced to jail for their performance in protest at Vladimir Putin before the Russian presidential polls last year.
"Pussy Riot and the Russian Tradition of Art Resistance" is the name of an exhibition that opened in Prague's MeetFactory gallery today and maps the development of the Russian political art in the past three decades. The exhibition's name alludes to the Russian punk band whose female members have been sentenced to jail for their performance in protest at Vladimir Putin before the Russian presidential polls last year. The authors of the travelling exhibition are Moscow art critic Andrei Yerofeyev and his aides Alexandra Kondrashova and Elizaveta Konovalova. They have shown the Pussy Riot case in the broad historical and present context of the Russian artistic and activist scene. The exhibition highlights the development of Russian political art from performance, street art and flashmob meetings to artistic activism, illustrated by best-known examples of works of art, videos, documentaries and requisites. The authors mainly focused on aesthetic aspects of artistic events whose common denominator is resistance to pressure.
The Czech Republic is prepared to veto the EU 2014-20 draft budget, Prime Minister Petr Necas (Civic Democrats, ODS) said today, adding that the existing draft was unfair and unacceptable. "I am arriving in Brussels to attend the talks on a seven-year financial framework with a strong and unanimous mandate of the government of the Czech Republic. This proposal is unacceptable to us and we are prepared to use even a veto," Necas told reporters when he arrived to the summit.
The Czech Chamber of Deputies today supported the establishment of Jan Palach Memory Day on January 16 in honor the student who self-immolated in protest to the 1968 Warsaw Pact invasion of Czechoslovakia. The vote was preceded by a stormy debate in which some Communist (KSČM) party deputies voiced reservations about the assessment of Palach's act as a symbol of the struggle against the totalitarian Communist rule. Out of the 152 deputies present, only Communist hard-liner Marta Semelová voted against the bill, while 11 deputies including five Communists abstained from the vote.
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