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Zurab Tsereteli is again welcome in his native country2010-10-06 17:51
Zurab Tsereteli's numerous sculptures set up in Moscow might be sent to his native country. Unlike in Russia, the bronze-and-stone master is held in respect in Georgia, though the rewards he has received from the hands of the Russian president in these two years have marred his image significantly in the nationalistic-minded circles. The situation was instantly improved by resignation of Mayor of the Russian capital Yuri Luzhkov, Tsereteli's patron. The accountable media are posing the sculptor as a chased dissident.
How long has it been since the famous sculptor was spit over by Georgian propagandists when President of Russia Dmitry Medvedev awarded President of Russian Academy of Arts Zurab Tsereteli the Order of Merit for Country of the I Degree? Let me remind you: it happened on July 26 this year.
A year before, a list of 17 businessmen and former governmental officials who sponsored the actions of the Georgian opposition was disseminated throughout Georgia. According to the "document", Zurab Tsereteli and Head of the Union of Georgians in Russia Mikhail Khubutia allocated 7 million dollars each.
Georgian journalists changed their attitude towards Tsereteli abruptly as soon as he was disgraced by Moscow together with his sculptures. Vladimir Resin, who has temporarily settled in the armchair still warm after Yuri Luzhkov, first of all raised the issue of moving the monument to Peter the First located at the Moskva river out of sight, out of mind.
Russian public has always been dissatisfied with the wonderful artistic taste of the Mayor of Moscow, while the statue of the emperor on board the ship created by Tsereteli became the height of obscenity. "The whole country laughed at this monster. It's bad when one has no respect for one's motherland. Besides, it was historical impudence: Peter never liked Moscow, that's a fact", - the experts explain.
There is a rumor that initially, the sculpture was to depict Columbus and was to be sent to America. However, the work of the Georgian art was not duly appreciated there and Tsereteli hurriedly replaced the head by another one. That's why Peter's face allegedly looks so horrible: it was made in haste.
However, Tsereteli instantly refuted the guesses. Of course, he made his Peter after the image and likeness of the discoverer of the new continent but that monument was all the same sent across the water together with the head.