New Moscow monuments, or, states of innocence

Bruce Grant

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    In the 1990s, the Georgian sculptor Zurab Tsereteli triggered a furor over the millions of tax dollars the Moscow city government paid him for his monumental art installations around the Russian capital. Critics have assailed such gross expenditure in a period of economic privation, questioned the propriety of Tsereteli's ties to power, and ridiculed his often cartoon-like aesthetics. In the embattled new Russian state, this infantilization of public space through government-sponsored art reprises a familiar discourse of timeless innocence in the service of state power.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)332-362
    Number of pages31
    JournalAmerican Ethnologist
    Issue number2
    StatePublished - May 2001


    • Art
    • Monuments
    • Moscow
    • Russia
    • State power
    • Time

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Anthropology


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