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Banned 50 years ago, exhibition of avant-garde art reopens in Moscow


In this photo taken on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2012, artist Inna Shmelyova shows a booklet with her works at the opening of an exhibition at Moscow's Manezh hall , Russia. Shmelyova was one of the artists whose works were banned by Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev at a similar 1962 exhibition at the Manezh hall. Fifty years later, some of the banned canvases are on display again at the same Manezh hall _ at a time when critics compare Khruschev's ban to recent charges against the Pussy Riot band and artists whose paintings have angered the Kremlin and Russia’s dominant Orthodox Church. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)

MOSCOW - Better known in the West for promising to "bury" the capitalist world, Soviet leader Nikita Khruschev is also remembered by Russians for banning art that didn't conform to the Communist Party's notion that it should be straightforward, realistic and appeal to workers and peasants.

Visiting "The New Reality" exhibition in Moscow in December 1962, Khruschev got so enraged with what he saw that he shouted obscenities at the artists, promised to deport them from the Soviet Union and ordered the exhibition closed down.

Fifty years later, some of the banned canvases are on display again at the same Manezh hall — at a time when critics compare Khruschev's ban to recent charges against the band Pussy Riot and artists whose paintings have angered the Kremlin and Russia's dominant Orthodox Church.


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