Course blog for American University PERF-570, Fall 2014
So, Putin turned 62 yesterday and, for his birthday, one Moscow art gallery gave him this. An exhibit of paintings depicting Putin completing the “12 dangerous actions” that were originally tasked to Hercules. Ummmmm…? Let’s just let the (amateur) paintings speak for themselves.
We can all agree that this is really weird, right? I’m speaking specifically about the content. The use of art to celebrate a nation’s leader is actually really cool – something we’ve done in America for centuries. However, that doesn’t make these art works any less ridiculous (notice the American Flag in the last painting).
Would you oversee a museum with work like this if the pay was good? Or if all the artwork had Obama instead of Putin?