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Yevtushenko gives house, paintings to Russia

Yevtushenko gives house, paintings to Russia

Yevgeny Yevtushenko, Russia's most renowned living poet, is giving his house and an extensive art collection to the state as a museum.
The museum, in the writer's colony of Peredelkino, just outside Moscow, joins nearby house-museums including those of Boris Pasternak and Bulat Okudjava. It includes paintings by Marc Chagall, Joan Miro, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.
Yevtushenko, who opened the museum at a ceremony Saturday, came to prominence during the Soviet Union's so-called cultural "thaw" under Nikita Khrushchev.
One of his best-known poems is 1961's "Babi Yar," which denounces anti-Semitism and the failure of Soviet authorities to build a monument commemorating the Nazi massacre of Jews in Kiev.


Updated : 2021-03-08 06:57 GMT+08:00