All the pres­i­dent’s stuff

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he Na­tional Art Mu­seum of Ukraine has opened an ex­hi­bi­tion of ob­jects from the com­pound of ousted Pres­i­dent Vik­tor F Yanukovych, who was driven out in late Fe­bru­ary fol­low­ing a mass up­ris­ing.

Alek­sandr Royt­burd, a pain­ter, chuck­led as he scru­ti­nised a por­trait of Yanukovych, made of poppy seeds and beans. “It looks like a joke from the Stal­in­ist time,” Roy­burd who or­gan­ised the ex­hi­bi­tion said. “A gift for Com­rade Stalin.” There is also a por­trait taken from the home of Ukraine’s for­mer state pros­e­cu­tor that shows his blond wife dressed like a mem­ber of the an­cient regime French aris­toc­racy— a tri­umph of post-Soviet, crony-cap­i­tal­ist kitsch. Sur­vey­ing the ar­ray of ob­jects, from the el­e­gant to the grotesque, “it was clear that Yanukovych couldn’t iden­tify which things were valu­able and which weren’t.” The ex­hi­bi­tion is “an at­tempt at crit­i­cism through ironic anal­y­sis”, he said.

A por­trait of Vik­tor F Yanukovych

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