Wed 23 January 2008, The Independent

Russian roulette: The Royal Academy's new blockbuster just wasn't worth the diplomatic sacrifice

By Tom Lubbock
What's more important than what? A man was killed, and then this show very nearly didn't come, which would have been a tragedy, but heck, tragedies happen. Art isn't food. It's more like a drug: you can live without it, except when it's got into your system, and then you think you can't. If Matisse's The Dance hadn't arrived at the Royal Academy you'd have had to go to St Petersburg to see it. Or perhaps you'd never have seen it. Whichever, it wouldn't have killed you.
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