A picture of two Russian policemen kissing in a snow-covered Siberian forest – an homage to Banksy’s kissing policemen graffiti – has been banned from appearing in an exhibition of Russian art in Paris.
And all because Russia’s prudish Culture Minister Alexander Sokolov thought that the picture – which according to artists the Blue Noses Collective was inspired by British atist Banksy’s graffiti image of two constables kissing – would bring shame on his country.
A clearly agitated Sokolov told the world’s assembled press:
“If this exhibition appears… it will bring shame on Russia. In this case, all of us will bear full responsibility. It is inadmissible…to take all this pornography, kissing policemen and erotic pictures to Paris.”
Here’s the picture – which, by the way is by the Blue Noses Collective and is called “Kissing Policemen (an Epoch of Clemency)” – take a look and judge for yourselves. Does this image shame Russia?
Probably no more than Banksy’s graffiti art of two kissing constables embarrasses Britain:
If I were Sokolov, I’d buy the kissing policemen photo as quick as I can – if the Blue Noses Collective’s work becomes anything like as popular as Banksy’s art, it’ll be worth an absolute fortune soon. Just ask Angelina Jolie. who has just bought a Banksy painting for a cool $2 million.