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Taxidermy tabbies, as well as the stuffed and suspended corpses of dogs, rabbits and swans are not the only artwork in Jan Fabre's Hermitage Museum show, but they're raising the hackles of the Russian establishment.No stranger to controversy, Fabre has challenged that definition with the exhibition of more than 200 works entitled "Knight of Despair/Warrior of Beauty," which opened at the Saint Petersburg museum last month and runs until April.Fabre's works – which also include porcelain sculptures, abstract paintings and iridescent figures encrusted with jewel scarab shells – have been put on display directly alongside the Dutch and Flemish Masters from the Hermitage's permanent collection.The exhibition has sparked dialogue of a different sort.The Fabre affair is the latest culture clash in Russia over contemporary art.
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