The foot nude statue, sculpted in , was banished from pride of place in Moscow's Gorky Park to Ukraine in and replaced with a less sensual version, The Wall Street Journal reported. However, a copy of the original was due to be unveiled Saturday on the bank of the Moskva River in the park at the finish line of an international regatta course, the paper said. The replacement, still nude but apparently more tasteful, was destroyed in World War II; Shadr died of an illness in and the model for the statue, Vera Voloshina, was captured and killed by German forces, the WSJ reported. But the statue is being given new life with Yulia Anikeyeva, a Soviet rowing champion and executive director of the Russian Amateur Rowing Association, telling the paper it had been adopted as the association's symbol. So it was a true surprise to me, to all of us, to find her naked. The notion that she must be dressed — that's changed," she added. Imitations of the statue — that did not fall foul of the state censors — were put up throughout various parks, often dressed tastefully in track suit swimwear and swimwear.
Nude Statue Caused a Stir Under Stalin, Then Copies Suited Up; Wave of Nostalgia
A group was seen boarding a tram. Just 15 years prior to that, women could not think of going out in a knee-long dress. But did these changes happen overnight? Pre-revolutionary Russian society, especially in the capitals, was not puritanical in nature. Senior male students of the Imperial School of Jurisprudence disguised as gypsy men and women, circa
I n the heart of the Russian State Library, Marina Chestnykh takes the creaking elevator up to the ninth floor. She walks past stack after stack of books kept behind metal cages, the shelves barely visible in the dim light from the frosted-glass windows. When she inserts a key in the padlock, the door swings open to reveal thousands of books, paintings, engravings, photographs and films — all, in one way or another, connected to sex. Off limits to the general public, the collection was always open to top party brass — some of whom are said to have enjoyed visiting. Today, the collection is still something of a secret: there is no complete compendium of its contents and many of them are still not listed in the catalogue.
Seen as a symbol of Soviet erotica and totalitarianism today, it was part of the monumental propaganda of sports, a model of a healthy person, ubiquitous in Soviet arts of late s—s. The first Girl with an Oar by Shadr was that of a naked girl. It was heavily criticized for being "too vulgar". It was destroyed and known only from a single photo. The second one was naked as well, "more chaste" but still naked. The popular stereotype of the Girl with an Oar is the one in a swimsuit, created by Romuald Iodko. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article may be expanded with text translated from the corresponding article in Russian. December Click [show] for important translation instructions.