Controversial artist imagines Moscow as new Rome

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Artist Alexei Beliayev-Guintovt is shunned by many in the Russian art scene for the fascist symbolism of his past work. His latest project is no less polemic. It imagines Moscow as a latter-day Rome: the capital of a Eurasian empire where red Soviet-style stars and onion-shaped domes punctuate the skyline. “I represent a utopia, a non-existent place… but also a call for the unreal, for a dream, for something that does not exist,” Guintovt said at the opening of his exhibit in Triumph Gallery, near the Red Square. …

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