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"We Demand Peace!": The Second Birth
August 27, 2013 14:07


"We demand peace!" – the sculptural composition by Vera Mukhina – was solemnly unveiled in Moscow’s Muzeon Park.  This unique monument from the Soviet era has not been demonstrated to spectators for more than twenty years.

According to the memoirs of her contemporaries, "We demand peace!" was conceived as a response to the war that broke out in 1950 in Korea. At the same time, she assumed that this work will become an artistic appeal for total ceasefire.

The sculptural composition consists of six figures: four men and two women with small children – all are representatives of different nations. Strictly speaking, Vera Mukhina is not the only author of the monument – there were other five persons who also worked on the sculpture. Nina Zelenskaya, Zinaida Ivanova, Sergey Kazakov and Alexander Sergeyev assisted the artist.

The figure of woman with a dead child in her arms was created by Mukhina.  She used to recall later that this image came out well before that – at the very beginning of the Second World War. Back then Mukhina made a few sketches, but it occurred so that the idea was finally realized only when working on "We demand peace!” sculpture.

Before 1994, the statue was located near VDNKh exhibition center, and later was removed to the Park of Arts.

Then, out of six sculptures that make up the composition, only three figures – a Korean woman, disabled soldier and a woman with dove were transferred to Muzeon undamaged. The monument calling to peace was demolished not out of ideological but pragmatic reasons – it was intended to sell it off as non-ferrous scrap metal.  Instaurators had to re-make the lost fragments of the sculpture by plaster original preserved in the Russian Museum.

And now the sculptural composition "We demand peace!" has become another gem of Muzeon Park collection.

Author: Anna Dorozhkina

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