Vladimir Lenin, 2013
Vladimir Lenin, 2013
bronze

13,39 x 10,24 x 16,14 in

34,0 x 26,0 x 41,0 cm

Price: 8 000 €

Title (2013 55 Biennale di Venezia, Casa dei Tre Osi) — this was a phrase spoken by Picasso. It came in response to a question from a German general (“You did this?”) with regard to his work “Guernica.” The artist replied: “No, you did it!”, meaning the German bombing of Guernica in 1937.
The exhibition itself comprises nine sculptures — the heads of renowned revolutionaries. Karl Marx (founder), Friedrich Engels (follower), Mikhail Bakunin (opponent). Lenin (founder), Stalin (a choice of follower or opponent), Trotsky (a choice of follower or opponent). Mao Tse-Tung (founder), Ho Chi Min (follower), Che Guevara (opponent).
This represents three revolutionary periods : the first comprises the revolutions of the 19th century, the second is the period of the Russian Revolution, the third is the period of the revolutions of the 1960s. 
The modern artist is always being reproached for not being able to create a realistic image with his own hands. Indeed, he is accused of purely conceptual art. And so, the question “You did this?” is a question that is addressed to me as an artist. And the reply “No, you did it!” has in mind this barbaric demonstration of the severed heads of our former idols. And it is you, spectators, who decapitated them and put them on display for pubic ridicule.
Anatoly Osmolovsky

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