Royal Academy cancels show by Russian art group
Autumn exhibition, part of the UK-Russia year of culture, pulled because of lack of funding
By Anny Shaw. Web only
Published online: 11 July 2014
The Royal Academy in London has cancelled an exhibition of works by the Russian art group AES+F, which was due to open this autumn. A lack of suitable funding as well as a rescheduling of the programme to accommodate the development of Burlington Gardens next year were behind the decision, according to a spokeswoman. The show was part of the UK-Russia year of culture.
However, the cancellation again raises the question of whether international tensions following the Russian annexation of Crimea in March are affecting cultural events. In June, a Russian sponsor pulled out of a YBA show, due to be held at the Ekaterina Cultural Foundation in Moscow and also part of the UK-Russia year of culture, because of Western criticism over Russian intervention in Ukraine.
Lev Evzovi, a member of AES+F, told The Calvert Journal the Royal Academy did not give an explanation for the cancellation, but he suggested political tensions may have played their part. “Maybe it was an internal problem, or maybe it was a result of something in the political atmosphere. We just got an email that for some reason the exhibition was cancelled. The political atmosphere is very, very hard at the moment and it’s unpredictable, so we never know what will happen,” he said.
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