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  1. Contemporary art constantly raises ethical questions, just like any art that starts from an idea and is attentive to the fate of the form. Careful attitude to the form and responsible attitude to your idea are necessary qualities for creating any real art, including modern art. Another thing is that in contemporary art, these two tasks are often experienced not as complementary, but as conflicting: the artist must show the suffering of the form in order to reveal the idea, and the idea is often found as containing different meanings, for example, social and contemplative at the same time. There was such a conflict in old art, for example, when depicting suffering on the Cross or when expressing the idea of Nature, but in modern art this conflict also drives the artistic process. However, the very development of this conflict not only does not reduce the ethical requirements for art, but also makes them immutable.

  2. In principle, if we talk about pure art, we cannot say that art must follow certain laws of ethics. Ethics has a utilitarian function in society and is necessary for human life, but art in its pure form is a completely different sphere, and it is a priori free from any such functions – it is designed to create an image that is perceived by a person mostly unconsciously. And ethics in pure art can be present exactly to the extent that it is necessary to create an artistic image. And if we believe that contemporary art is exempt from any utilitarian functions, then the answer to the question will be “do not relate in any way”.

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