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Dispute over aesthetics of anti-war performance in Sofia

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The sculpture "The Cry of the Ukrainian Mother" was erected in the Prince's Garden in Sofia against the disputed Monument to the Soviet Army. Intellectuals, artists and citizens came to the event.

The sculpture provoked violent reactions on social networks. Even supporters of Ukraine commented negatively on the aesthetics of the sculpture. But fans of the work, which contrasts sharply with the spirit of socialist realism in which the Soviet Army Monument is held, compare the image to Munch's The Scream and Picasso's Guernica.
 "I expect both positive and negative reactions. It is not beautiful, but neither is the truth," the sculptor Nedelcho Kostadinov commented to BTA.
"The cry of the Ukrainian mother" remained on the pedestal for less than two hours.

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