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MAUSOLEUM

YURI AVVAKUMOV. “BLACK MAUSOLEUM”, 2008

The grand tombs of the kings and, as an exception, the leader of the revolution, Vladimir Lenin, got their name from the tomb of the Persian king Mausoleum, built in the 4th century BC. Mausoleums are very different. The Indian Taj Mahal is like a palace, the mausoleum of Emperor Hadrian in Rome is like a fortress. And Lenin’s mausoleum, of course, on the Egyptian pyramid. It was built by architect Alexei Shchusev in 1930. And more recently, another architect, Yuri Avvakumov, made a copy of dominoes. And he showed his mausoleum at a Russian exhibition as part of Art Basel Miami Beach.