Kazimir Malevich’s student Anna Leporskaya’s painting “Three Figures” was restored at the Yeltsin Center. About this in an interview with “Kommersant” reported executive director of the organization Alexander Drozdov.
The work, previously damaged by the center’s security guard, has been restored. Drozdov called the story with his eyes painted on the canvas a serious reputational risk.
“Now the restoration work is completed, the insurance case is closed, the money is paid. The damage amounted to 250 thousand rubles. Although, according to experts, the traces of the ballpoint pen on the canvas can cause much greater damage than spraying paint on the surface. But the varnish layer was not so badly damaged – fortunately, the amateur worked, “said the executive director of the Yeltsin Center.
On January 13, it was reported that an unknown person damaged canvas by a student of the artist Kazimir Malevich. The vandal drew with a ballpoint pen the eyes on the abstract faces of the two figures on the canvas. The ink penetrated the paint layer, as the titanium whitewashes were not varnished.
On February 4, it became known that the police had detained a suspect in damaging the canvas. Im turned out former bodyguard of the Yeltsin Center Alexander Vasiliev.
He toldthat the incident occurred on his first working day. “There are children aged 16-17, discussing why there are no eyes, no mouth, no beauty! There were girls in the company, and they asked me: “Draw your eyes, you work here.” I asked them, “Is this your work?” They say, “Yes.” They gave me a pen. I painted my eyes. I thought it was just their children’s drawings! ” The man admitted.
A few days later, police officers came to Vasiliev’s house and calculated him on surveillance cameras. The teenagers, who allegedly persuaded him to draw eyes in the picture, did not get on camera.