Putin Says Pants to Painting

Our mission here at Art Weekenders is to promote travel around art, art to be admired and be seen. In some cases we think tough that it’s also important to highlight art that is NOT allowed to be seen.

In recent days it emerged in most media channels the news about the paintings of Putin in a Russian gallery, and the fact that they’ve been confiscated by the authorities. Here’s the background story.

Putin Painting

Vladimir Putin combing Dmitry Medvedev’s hair. By Konstantin Altunin.

We believe that this story also raises an important question: what role does art have in today’s society? Should art and politics be kept apart? Or do we want to believe in the power it can have, an important vehicle to highlight the injustices in society?

Art has always been an important tool in taking stance against abuse of power and we like it to stay that way. Be it slightly sarcastic or really serious.

About The Author: Pal Ujvarosi


One half of the team behind Art Weekenders, where we travel, produce and keep developing our concept. For a living I work with management accounting, for dreaming I delve into many other areas of travel, writing and entrepreneurship, which more often than not don't result in money. Yet... I gained life experiences from living in eight different countries. Combined with extensive travelling in some fifty more, it's fair to say that I'm a global citizen with an international perspective - with the corresponding curse of becoming fairly rootless. My happy base now is Amsterdam - a faith I'm totally comfortable with.