Originally produced in the mid 1960’s, this V. I Lenin bust was identical to many others –
economically plaster-cast, painted dark to resemble a bronze patina, and displayed in public places for eons to come, recognizably patriotic like a country flag, or revered like a religious symbol.
Sprayed with western paint in a 1989 Leipzig uprising, the bust was made to mock the very rhetoric it had once promoted. And what could be more effective? Destroy a symbol
and it may soon be forgotten, but alter its meaning and that meaning will live on. In the manipulation of symbols, the very personal, even intimate, expression made by one
individual can speak volumes against an entire regime. Pink Lenin is part of a collection of similar Iconoclash pieces – objects that have been manipulated to alter their meaning. Some such alterations were State -sponsored, and some, like Pink Lenin, rose out of raw human expression. An exhibition of this collection is slated to premier in Washington, D.C. in 2009.
Stay tuned for previews!