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About the Work

This small work was based on photographs taken by me in a building devoted to the cult of Lenin. The museum contained everything from his shoes to his Rolls Royce. However, I found the most interesting part to be the sculpture galleries. In these galleries, statues of Lenin varied from one to another in size and material, but not very much in design. The reason became clear on my way out of the museum when I came across a few giant stills of Lenin in action: the sculptures were based on the films.

About Vaughan Grylls

Born 10th December 1943 in Newark, Nottinghamshire and attended art schools at Nottingham, Wolverhampton, Goldsmiths' and the Slade. He has taught at several art schools in the UK and the US.

From 1996 to 2005 he was Director of the Kent Institute of Art and Design. In 2005 he resigned to concentrate full-time on his own work after joining the Kent and the Surrey Institutes of Art and Design to make the University for the Creative Arts.

″I still use the same approach to my work: I get an idea, think of the title and then make the work. So not much has changed since 1964″

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