Russian-backed separatists who seized control of a modern art space in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk last year have destroyed a monumental sculpture there, according to the exiled directors of the center, known as Izolyatsia, or ‘Isolation.’
Undated video posted online Wednesday by the Izolyatsia foundation from its new home in Kiev appeared to show rebels blowing up the chimney of its gallery in a converted factory in Donetsk. The chimney had been transformed into a giant lipstick tube in 2012 by a Cameroonian artist.
The sculpture — called “Make Up!” — was intended to pay tribute to the women of the region, who helped rebuild it into an industrial powerhouse after World War II, according to its creator, Pascale Marthine Tayou.
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I noticed that thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian women,” the artist explained, “Donetsk rose from the ashes after the war.”
Referring to “symbols of love and hope,” he said: “Donetsk is not only a city of mines and metal. It is also an island of dreams, ready to share its hidden treasures.”
After news of the work’s destruction spread, Ukrainian bloggers compared it to the rampages of Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.