Koliivschina: Judgment Day
Artist: Volodymyr Kuznetsov
Date of Action: July 25, 2013
Region: Ukraine "Ukraine" is not in the list (Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America, Russia and Central Asia, South America) of allowed values for the "Was challenged in region" property.
Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion
Medium: Wall painting "Wall painting" is not in the list (Commercial Advertising, Dance, Design, Installation, Journalism, Literature, Mixed Media, Music, Online, Painting, ...) of allowed values for the "Has medium" property.
Confronting Bodies: The museum Director of Mystetskyi Arsenal Museum: Natalia Zabolotna
Description of Artwork: The painting, a mural measuring 11 meters by 5 meters, showed a flaming nuclear reactor with priests and judges semisubmerged in a vat of red liquid. A car that appeared to be carrying officials was shown plunging into the vat -- likely a reference to the numerous traffic accidents caused by officials in the country. A hodgepodge of other figures were grouped alongside, including what appeared to be the image of Iryna Krashkova, the woman who accused two police officers and a civilian of beating and raping her last month.
The Incident: Day before the opening of a new exhibition at Kiev’s Mystetskyi Arsenal museum, its director Natalia Zabolotna destroyed one of the pieces included in the show, a mural byVolodymyr Kuznetsov, which Zabolotna considered to be immoral. She painted the mural over with a black paint.
Results of Incident: The trial on the recognition of the fact of censorship continues today in the Ukrainian courts.