Russian Court Bans Alexander Savko Painting With Mickey Mouse's Head On Jesus' Body
A court in the Kaluga Region of Russia has ruled that a painting of Jesus Christ with the head of Mickey Mouse is offensive and banned it from being exhibited. The courts called the work "extremist," and ruled that it was "religiously offensive" under Article 282.
Russian news source Ria Novosti reports that, "unless the Kaluga Region court's ruling is successfully appealed, the painting will be banned from exhibitions, newspapers, magazines or television. The case was heard in the Kaluga Region after a local complained to the authorities."
The work comes from artist Alexander Savko's series "Mickey Mouse's Travels Through Art History," which was shown at a 2007 exhibition called "Forbidden Art." The organizers of the exhibition, Yuri Samodurov and Andrei Yerofeyev, were tried, found guilty, and fined 200,000 rubles and 150,000 rubles respectively.