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Georgian government’s barbaric art2010-11-04 15:43
Sakartvelo's artistic life continues exciting esthetes' feelings far beyond the Georgian state. Unfortunately, cultural newscasts prepared by the Georgian media often tell not about the birth of another work of art but about the destruction of one. This time, "dismantling" and "vandalism" are again the key words in cultural reports from Sakartvelo.
By order of Mayor of Kutaisi, the monument to Iosiph Stalin has been removed from the city Victory Square. The monument was erected in 2000 after being renovated by donation of communists - common Georgian people.
Earlier, the monument was located in the territory of Kutaisi automobile plant. After XX congress of the Communist Party it fell victim to the personality cult struggle deployed by Nikita Khrushchev. It was dismantled just like many other images of Iosiph Stalin throughout the vast country. Nevertheless, the plant workers did not allow destroying the monument and hid it. For over 40 years, the chief's image was kept in the barn of one of the workers until in 2000 it was renovated and set up in the city Victory Square.
According to Kutaisi administration, the dismantlement of the sculpture is out of the question; it will be put back in its place after the reconstruction of the square. However, yesterday, when there came first reports about the mysterious disappearance of the monument, local officers had no idea where it could be gone.
"The monument was not dismantled; it was just temporarily removed. There is a church in the square, which front is almost ruined. In this connection, it is necessary to carry out restoration works in the whole territory of the square", - News-Georgia agency is citing the statement of the Mayor's Press Secretary Keti Deisadze. The figure of Stalin will be put back in a month, Ms. Deisadze assured the journalists.
However, it's hard to believe the sincerity of the Kutaisi city administrator's press secretary for many reasons: lately, there have been destroyed several monuments to the native of the Georgian town of Gori who became a Soviet dictator.
At the end of June, the monument to the chief of nations was dismantled in his native town in order to be transferred to the local museum of Iosiph Stalin. The free space is to be occupied by a memorial to the victims of Stalinism and those who died during the Russian-Georgian military conflict in August 2008. A tender for the best memorial design is now held by Ministry of Culture and Monuments Protection of Sakartvelo.