The id of the ‘bored’ safety guard who vandalized a £740,000 portray in Russia has been uncovered as a struggle hero embellished for army bravery.
Alexander Vasiliev, 63, used a pen to scribble eyes on the clean faces of figures in Anna Leporskaya’s basic work Three Figures (1932-34) on show on the Boris Yeltsin Presidential Heart in Yekaterinburg.
He admitted, “I am a idiot for what I’ve performed.”
Vasiliev, who might face jail time after police launched a vandalism investigation, instructed Yekaterinburg’s E1 newspaper that he was egged on by schoolgirls visiting the summary artwork exhibition.
“To be sincere, I did not actually like these footage [at the exhibition],’ he mentioned.
Alexander Vasiliev (pictured), 63, used a pen to scribble on the eyes on the clean faces of figures in Anna Leporskaya’s basic work Three Figures (1932-34).
ORIGINAL: Portray “Three Figures” (1932-1934) by the artist Anna Leporskaya
The portray was defaced by safety officer Vasiliev, who added two pairs of eyes to the art work
“You made a troublesome impression. I attempted to cross by with out wanting [at them].
“I watched how individuals reacted after which I noticed youngsters, 16 or 17, standing and arguing why there aren’t any eyes, no mouth and no magnificence.
‘There have been women within the group and so they requested me: ‘Draw the eyes, you’re employed right here’.’
Vasiliev claimed that he believed the work have been the work of the younger individuals.
He continued, “I requested them, ‘Are these your works?’ They replied, ‘Sure.’
“They gave me a pen. I drew the eyes. I believed it was simply her children’ drawings.”
“I noticed individuals strolling by smiling,” he added.
He claimed he did not understand how a lot the portray was price, saying, “If solely I knew it wasn’t these kids’s work and the work have been introduced from Moscow and value that a lot.
‘What have I performed?’
He claimed he requested to go dwelling quickly as a result of his struggle accidents have been beginning to damage.
Within the Chechen struggle, the physique of the primary lieutenant was riddled with bullets and was not anticipated to outlive.
In 1995 he survived a bitter firefight as one in all solely 4 of 36 troopers in his unit. He was then honored for his braveness.
Vasiliev (pictured), who might face jail time after police launched an investigation into vandalism, instructed Yekaterinburg newspaper E1 that he was goaded by schoolgirls
His spouse Yulia, a Covid nurse, mentioned he was a “regular man” however he may very well be “naïve as a toddler”.
She blamed his struggle accidents for his actions.
However he was criticized by the Residence Workplace for his “aggressive” angle throughout questioning.
“He is behaving fairly aggressively and reveals he would not like the entire course of,” a supply mentioned.
The struggle hero mentioned, “I would like everybody to go away me alone. I wish to stay peacefully with my spouse.”
After the incident, the portray was faraway from the exhibition and returned to the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow on mortgage.
The price of the renovation has been estimated at £2,500 and it has been reported that the corporate the place Vasiliev labored is paying for the restoration.
In response to earlier studies, Vasiliev has since been fired by the gallery’s non-public safety firm.
Police have opened an investigation into vandalism, which carries a nice of £395 (74.9 million Russian rubles) and a yr in jail.
Chatting with the Russian web site ura.ru, the curator of the exhibition, Anna Reshetkina, mentioned that this was the guard’s first day of labor.
“His motives are nonetheless unknown, however the administration believes it was some type of psychological sickness,” she instructed the web site.
She defined that the guard used a Yeltsin Heart model ballpoint pen to attract the eyes on the portray, and a layer of paint penetrated.
Thankfully, in keeping with The Artwork Newspaper Russia, the injury wasn’t too deep as a result of the suspect did not apply sufficient strain to the canvas.
Two guests get pleasure from an artwork exhibition entitled The World as Non-Objectivity. The Beginning of a New Artwork” on the Yeltsin Heart found the extra particulars of two of the three figures within the Thirties portray on December 7 final yr, Artwork Newspaper studies.
The work was then despatched to the Moscow gallery the subsequent day and examined by an artwork restorer.
The portray is being restored, the injury could be repaired with out long-term injury to the art work, in keeping with the restoration professional on the State Tretyakov Gallery.
Two guests get pleasure from an artwork exhibition entitled The World as Non-Objectivity. The Beginning of a New Artwork” on the Yeltsin Heart (pictured) found the extra particulars of two of the three figures within the Thirties portray on December 7 final yr, Artwork Newspaper studies
The injury to the portray and the price of its restoration has been estimated at £2,470 (250,000 rubles). Protecting screens have now been put in over the opposite work and works on show within the gallery.
It is unclear how a lot the portray is price, however it was insured with Alfa insurance coverage firm for £740,000 (74.9 million rubles).
Born in 1900 and deceased in 1982 on the age of 82, the artist Leporskaya was a scholar of the famend Russian avant-garde artist Kasimir Malevich. She additionally collaborated with different avant-garde artists, together with Nikolai Suetin and Lev Yudin.
She is finest often called a grasp of inventive porcelain. Along with the Tretyakov Gallery, her works are broadly represented within the assortment of the Russian Museum.
The Yeltsin Heart mentioned in an announcement launched on Tuesday: “We inform you that in the course of the investigation the one who painted the eyes on the figures within the portray of Anna Leporskaya was recognized – that is an worker of a personal safety group, which carries out safety actions of the Yeltsin Heart.
“Do not forget that on December 7, 2021, in the course of the screening of the exhibition The World as Non-Representational. The Beginning of a New Artwork” within the Artwork Gallery of the Yeltsin Heart suffered a portray by Anna Leporskaya “Three Figures” (1932-1934) from the gathering of the State Tretyakov Gallery.
“The injury was performed with a ballpoint pen.”
The middle added: “The work was inspected the subsequent day by the restorer of the State Tretyakov Gallery and despatched to Moscow. The portray is being restored, and in keeping with the appraiser, the injury could be repaired with none penalties for the murals.
“The Yeltsin Heart didn’t touch upon this case within the chase as an inner investigation into the incident and interplay with legislation enforcement companies have been ongoing.”