Karl Marx monument, Moscow

Karl Marx Monument - Moscow - 01

Karl Marx Monument – Moscow – 01

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Karl Marx monument, Moscow

The Monument to Karl Marx in Moscow is a monument completed in 1961 by Soviet sculptor Lev Kerbel. It is located near the Bolshoi Theatre in Theatre Square.

The monument, weighing 160 tons, is made of a monolithic block of gray granite, mined near Dnepropetrovsk (now Dnipro, Ukraine) in the Kudashevsky mine quarry. Marx is depicted as a speaker standing on the podium, as if addressing the working people with a speech. The monument is decorated bearing the motto of the USSR ‘Proletarians of All Countries, Unite!’ on the front. The sculptural composition is complemented by two granite pylons on both sides of the monument. One of them is carved with the words of Friedrich Engels, said at Marx’s funeral: ‘His name and deed will outlive for centuries’; on the other – Lenin‘s phrase ‘The teaching of Marx is omnipotent because it is true’.

Karl Marx Monument - Moscow - 02

Karl Marx Monument – Moscow – 02

At the beginning of 1957, a new open all-Union competition was held for the best project for a monument to Marx; its winner was a creative team led by sculptor Lev Kerbel, and architects Ruben Begunts, Nikolai Kovalchuk, Vadim Makarevich and Vladimir Morgulis.

The monument was given protected status as an object of cultural significance by the government of the RSFSR in 1974, and has been included on the Russian cultural heritage register with a federal level of protection since 2016.

Text above from Wikipedia.

May Day 2024

May Day - 2024

May Day – 2024

The little square behind the statue is the gathering place for the annual May Day commemoration. Not as large a gathering I expected (and hoped?) but in the slide show below a few pictures from the event on 1st May 2024.

Related – other statues of revolutionaries in Moscow

Park of the Fallen/Muzeon Art Park

Ho Chi Minh monument

Ernst Thaelmann

Frederick Engels

VI Lenin


Theatre Square, Moscow, opposite the front of the Bolshoi Theatre building.




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