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Vysotsky’s fans criticized the reconstructed monument at the Vagankovsky cemetery (PHOTOS)

The monument at the grave of the artist Vladimir Vysotsky at the Vagankovsky cemetery has undergone changesA different head was attached to the artist's statue, making it "younger", after which the monument turned out to be lower than the previous version

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The monument at the grave of the artist Vladimir Vysotsky at the Vagankovsky cemetery has undergone changes

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A different head was attached to the artist’s statue, making it “younger”, after which the monument turned out to be lower than the previous version

AGN Moscow

The monument at the grave of the artist Vladimir Vysotsky at the Vagankovskoye cemetery has undergone changes. A different head was attached to the artist’s statue, making it “younger”, after which the monument turned out to be lower than the previous version. Fans of the artist criticized such a replacement, noting that, despite the controversy of the original sculpture, which Vysotsky’s widow Marina Vlady called “a statue of a gnome with an angry face and a guitar instead of a hump”, it became familiar and to some extent even classical.

Among the critics was the actor and colleague of Vysotsky in the film “The meeting place cannot be changed” Stanislav Sadalsky, who stated in Instagramthat the artist’s son Nikita Vysotsky “cut off my father’s head.” “They didn’t manage to do this with the living, but now – just in time for the 40th anniversary of his death – they cut off the head of the monument at the grave. With a new head, the monument has become 30 cm lower!” – writes Sadalsky.

“The second monument looks more like Nikita. Maybe he erected it for himself?” Commentators ironically. Another user compared the new monument to the image of Bezrukov, who played Vysotsky in the film and TV series by Pyotr Buslov “Vysotsky. Thank you for being alive.” However, some others believe that the new monument is more similar to the original, and see no reason for criticism.

Nikita Vysotsky himself said Daily Stormthat he decided to renew the monument to his father at the family council and after talking with his father’s friends, and will not pay attention to criticism. Vysotsky called those who were dissatisfied with the transformed monument “dolbaks” who did not understand art.

“I have been responsible for this grave for 40 years. Everything that has been done there – not just with my knowledge, but I participated in it. It was not an easy decision for me. [изменить памятник]… But we did it together with our father’s friends. Of course, first of all, with Alexander Rukavishnikov [автором монумента – прим.ред.]… I think this is right and good, “said Nikita Vysotsky. In his opinion, people gather on the Internet to” pour out all the negativity and criticize “, so their opinion should not be listened to.” How we did it – it will be so! ” said the artist’s son.

Commenting on Sadalsky’s opinion, Nikita Vysotsky stated that the previous version of the monument was ideologically incorrect for its time, therefore, although it successfully took root and stood for many years, it was nevertheless removed. “The renewed monument looks different, but not bad: it has become a little higher, more tinted in bronze, a new head has been molded,” said the poet’s son. He also noted that he “does not care about the statements” of Sadalsky.

“This is the option that should have been standing from the very beginning. But for various reasons – technical and ideological – it was impossible to erect the monument in this form in 1985. Now, many years later, the sculptor returned to this idea. We consulted, I was in his workshop, he said how and what can be done. I think everything turned out well. This option is more harmonious and correct, “Nikita Vysotsky said in an interview with TASS.

The artist’s son noted that the monument will stand for a long time, people who have not seen the previous version will come to him. “They will not have the same attitude as people who have now come to the grave for many years and are accustomed to the former monument. People will see with an open mind the image that Rukavishnikov conceived and made and that our family wanted to see at my father’s grave,” said Nikita Vysotsky.

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