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Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument. The statue of Russian and Soviet composer, pianist and conductor Sergei Prokofiev (23 April 1891 – 5 March 1953) appeared in Moscow 11 December, 2016. Sculptor Andrey Kovalchuk

Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev monument

December 11th of 2016 in Moscow, on Kamergersky Lane, near the house 6/5, unveiled a monument to the remarkable composer Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev. The opening was timed to the 125th anniversary of the composer’s birth, April 23, 1891. The author of the monument to the famous composer – a People’s Artist of Russia Andrey Kovalchuk. According to him, the photos of the composer became the base for the idea. It is the plastic image of walking, strolling here Prokofiev. And this movement has a deeper meaning. The sculptor added, – “the composer’s whole life was in movement. Easy and rapid classic, but, at the same time, a daring innovator, Prokofiev never repeated in his work. And he wrote operas more than any composer of the XX century. Among them – the “Player”, “War and peace”, the ballet “Romeo and Juliet”, and many more. Called a musical futurist, he was ahead of time. Thus, knowing his genius, he once said: “My music is above the immediate historical events”.
Actually, it was the final chord of the year of Prokofiev – 2016. And next, 2017 declared the Year of Stravinsky. We look forward to a monument, of course.
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Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

The statue surrounded by two enamels with abstractions of his work. Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument. Sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Russian artist Wassily Kandinsky Monument

Wassily Kandinsky (December 16, 1866 – December 13, 1944) – Russian graphic artist and painter, and one of the founders of abstract art. In addition, Wassily Kandinsky is the creator of watercolors – chaotic placement of lines and spots that do not represent and do not depict anything. Thus, the artist is fully committed to objectivity, he thought that it interfered with his paintings. At this moment in art began to develop a new direction – abstract. Abstract art continues to exist today, although it has little resemblance to the one that created Kandinsky.
How sadly, in Russia there are no monuments dedicated to the renowned artist Wassily Kandinsky (neither to Chagall and Malevich). Sculpture by Zurab Tsereteli, therefore, is the only monument to the world famous founder of abstract art. However, there is a memorial plaque on the house in Moscow, where Kandinsky lived. And only thanks to the talented sculptor Zurab Tsereteli monuments to Kandinsky, Chagall and Malevich appeared.
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World Famous Song Katyusha Monument

World Famous Song Katyusha Monument

Installed in 2013 World Famous Song Katyusha Monument. 2013. Sculptor Ivan Kulakov

World Famous Song Katyusha Monument
Actually, the monument embodies women of the Soviet Union longing for their absent beloved, who has gone away on military service during the war. Pretty Russian girl from popular wartime song “Katyusha” appeared in Vladivostok thanks to a local historian Nelly Miz. She shared the idea on the Web and the local intelligentsia strongly supported her. St. Petersburg based artist Konstantin Novikov created a sketch, and Kemerovo based sculptor Ivan Kulakov made the monument.
In fact, the prototype of this monument, as well as the girl from the song was Katya Alexeeva (nee Filippova), a border guard’s wife. Matvey Blanter and Mikhail Isakovsky have created a great song after meeting with her. By the way, Katyusha is the Russian equivalent of Kate, or Catherine.
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Frog-traveler smallest monument in the world

Frog-traveler smallest monument in the world

Frog-traveler smallest monument in the world. 2013. Tomsk. Sculptor Oleg Kislitsky

Frog-traveler smallest monument in the world
On Friday, September 27, 2013 in Tomsk appeared the world’s smallest monument – a monument to frog traveler. The bronze amphibious monument height of only 44 mm installed near the “Tomsk” hotel (Kirov, 65). The author of mini-sculpture – Oleg Kislitsky known to Tomsk citizens for his monument to slippers. According to him, he decided to create Frog-traveler monument to note merits of Tomsk travelers. The composition consists of topped with tiles land, and in the center is the stone on which sits pensively gazing at the sky frog. The Monument accompanies inscription: “Monument to the frog-traveler, the smallest monument in the world.”
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Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli – Pablo Picasso, A.Modigliani, Marc Chagall, Matisse, V. Van Gogh. Bronze. The Museum and Studio of Zurab Tsereteli. Moscow, Russia

Favorite artists of sculptor Zurab Tsereteli embodied in a series of monuments to prominent artists of all time. According to Tsereteli, they are – Kazimir Malevich and Modigliani, Georgian naive painter Nikola Pirosmani and French post-impressionist painter Henri Rousseau, Van Gogh and Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and Dali. And Tsereteli himself creates guided by these masters. He tries to look at the world through their eyes, and through the prism of their creativity. The series of monuments “My favorite artists”, part of which decorates the entrance to the museum shop on Bolshaya Gruzinskaya street, and part on Petrovka, while some other sculptures exhibited in galleries and museums. The exhibition “My favorite artists”, did not come out of nowhere, its plan hatched by the author for the decade. Birth of these sculptures was the result of years of his searching in art, and the creative freedom that his “favorite artists” taught him.
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Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

‘My favorite artists’ series of sculptures by Zurab Tsereteli. Kazimir Malevich monument at the Museum of Modern Art on Petrovka Street. Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich

Absorbed by black square Kazimir Malevich
One hundred years have passed since the day when Kazimir Malevich, standing in front of the newly started painting in his studio, suddenly, as if struck by thunder, rushed to paint the image with black … Thus, appeared Black Square – symbol of emptiness and death, and a new icon of the twentieth century art. Now the artist’s philosophy – a part of world history, and Malevich himself – a legend and one of the most expensive artists in the world. Looking at the black square, we can not forget that at the time of the creation of this horrible object, Russia was on the brink of revolution. This image is filled with threats and bad omens as if soon there will be something serious – as if the world will end soon. But … the legacy of the artist himself mysteriously absorbed in this very black square. The disappearance and the long process of recognition of the grave of Malevich – respectively a strange fate for the artist.
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Silver age poetess Marina Tsvetaeva

Monument to silver age poetess Marina Tsvetaeva

Winter landscape of Tarusa. Monument to silver age poetess Marina Tsvetaeva. Sculptor Boris Messerer

Monument to silver age poetess Marina Tsvetaeva

“I do not accept eternity!
Why did you bury me?
I don’t like to be underground
Taken from my beloved land! “

And on her beloved land, in Russia, constantly appear monuments, sculptures and plaques perpetuating the memory of the poetess. And one of the most famous, perhaps, is the monument on the shore of the river Oka in Tarusa. Here Marina Tsvetaeva – the prodigal daughter, barefoot, and bent, as if always guilty, stands with her back to the river. Nevertheless, monuments to Tsvetaeva do not decorate every park and every public garden, or a street of every city. And this is right.
“Glory! – I did not want you:
And I couldn’t cope with you.”

M. Tsvetaeva.
Even during her lifetime, she was not controllable by anyone or anything. August 31, 1941 Tsvetaeva committed suicide. The poetess was buried in the city of Elabuga, the Peter and Paul Cemetery.
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