A Soviet avant-garde painting has actually been harmed by an unidentified mischief-maker that drew eyes on its faceless numbers while it was on display in main Russia, The Art Newspaper Russia reported Thursday.
Visitors found two pairs of eyes drawn onto Anna Leporskaya’s “Three Figures” (1932-34) with a ballpoint pen throughout an abstract art exhibition at the Yeltsin Center in the city of Yekaterinburg, where it got on car loan from the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow.
According to The Art Newspaper, two visitors detected the added details on Dec. 7 as well as the Yeltsin Center counted on police 2 weeks later, on Dec. 20.
Police declined to explore the act of vandalism, motivating the Culture Ministry to file a complaint with the Prosecutor General’s Office, the electrical outlet reported.
The Yeltsin Center, former Russian President Boris Yeltsin’s social and also social facility that houses an art gallery, told the Znak.com information internet site that cops deemed the damage caused to the art work “insignificant.”
The insurance policy firm AlfaStrakhovanie reportedly positioned a 74.9 million ruble (nearly $1 million) worth on Leporskaya’s “Three Figures” as well as accepted pay 250,000 rubles ($ 3,200) for its repair.
The Art Newspaper reported that although the pen’s ink permeated the paint layer, the damages was not irreversible due to the mischief-maker’s soft stroke.
The Yeltsin Center, which returned the painting to the Tretyakov Gallery soon after the damages was uncovered, stated it mounted safety screens over the remaining works in the exhibition after the incident.
Leporskaya was the protege of Kyiv-born avant-garde artist Kazimir Malevich.
During the Siege of Leningrad in World War II, Leporskaya was associated with prepping art work from the State Hermitage Museum for discharge from the city.