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toyotathon's photo of the us-president-head garden in the funny pictures thread got me thinking that in 2018, the earth is also replete with Marxes of all shapes and sizes, and to a lesser extent with Engelses, Lenins, Maos and so on.

i mean of course the countless artworks in two and three dimensions formed into the rough likenesses of theses historical persons—of whom there were only one each, in the flesh—and then displayed, displaced, dispersed, put up, taken down, placed, projected, presented, curated, collected, collated, hither and thither and out towards the far-flung corners of every inhabited continent of the planet.

what i'm not asking for here are workaday, generic, run-of-the-mill Marxes in this thread. please dig deep and post Marxes (etc.) that defy our naïve expectations about what a painting, sculpture or other representation of Karl Marx (etc.) has to look like. Marxes that are not widely recognised, reproduced or well-known, but may be more interesting than the standard ones. i mean stuff like this incongruously rectangular Zardoz-Marx of Addis Ababa, pictured below-left:

thats definitely the stuff. or how about that wispy ghostly ivybearded Marx, accompanied by a Lenin smoking an air-conditioning unit (above-right)?

on the subject of unusual Lenins, ever seen the not-quite-right Lenin of the Durham Miners' Association Guidon? what does that wry look mean? is he smirking? what's he hiding?


alright, well in that case is the sock-Lenin of Gera (below-top) more your thing? or the lightbox-Lenin of Weimar (below-bottom)?



ensemble murals/frescoes tend to produce some of the weirdest MELs.
below-right: Marx, Engels and Lenin in Ethiopian rock-church / coptic style. captions in amharic

above-left: engulfed by the fires of hell, the Marx, Engels and Tito of Podgorica look on dispassionately as an enormous pig-beast swallows a large helping of clergymen

below-left: pharaonic Marx and Engels of Budapest. below-right: shiny Lenin of Los Angeles


it goes without saying that Stalins are allowed in this thread. the weirder the better. here (below-left) is Frida Kahlo's Frida and Stalin (1954):

above-right: a pissing golden Stalin faces off against a Ukrainian cop

fuck mount rushmore here's the Mao Zedong of Orange Island with a full head of hair, looks like a photoshop but its 100% real


that said, the largest Maos, Marxes, etc., are not necessarily the most interesting. here are some tiny camping-trip action figures of Karl Marx and Mao Zedong:


i want the opening post of the thread to finish a bit stronger than the action figures though so here's black ear-pierced Lenin on an arabic prayer rug(?) for a digestif:


hopefully this modest collection will be enough to get you started. rHizzonE, please use this thread to post your favourite Marxes, Engelses, Lenins, etc.

do it

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i don't want to hog my own thread but it's not like we're ever going to run out of these so i'll hazard a few more faves,

the wax MEL of Beijing


Trier duck-Marxes


ice-Mao of Harbin
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found in the wild, excuse the camera flash

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what's the story with those ethopian ones? are they from the PDRE period?
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lo posted:

what's the story with those ethopian ones? are they from the PDRE period?



the rectangular Karl Marx (which is still at the university of Addis Ababa today afaik) is pre-PDRE - it was actually a gift from the DDR shortly after the Ethiopian Revolution (1974). Erich Hoenecker was present for its official unveiling in situ in 1977. the rock-church style drawing is more difficult to date, could be from the PDRE days (1987-1991) or even prerevolutionary, but it seems more likely that it and images like it were commissioned shortly after the Revolution as part of a campaign to supplant and syncretize clerical imagery with secular Marxist persons and concepts.

i've also seen, lost and now can't find a picture of a surviving street mural (which i think is from PDRE-era proper) expressly depicting MEL as Africans, with no attempt to make them look European at all. if i find it again i'll post it here

in the mean time here are some relevant images:

a Stalin in Addis Ababa, May Day 1977


lady posing in front of a standard MEL. dunno what the caption says


somebody's kid in front of a resting Lenin in an Addis storage yard

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shriekingviolet posted:



this is incredible. do you know what their take was, besides "Joseph Stalin: heartthrob"? im having difficulty understanding how they could sell a Stalin special-issue to an australian audience

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nothing too complex, it was 1945 and people were genuinely excited the soviets were beating the nazis. the cold war era erasure of the eastern front from westerner's memories hadn't happened yet
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personal favorite Stalin was Josef “Koba” Stalin, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union 1922-1952, Chairman of the Council of Ministers of the Soviet Union 1941-1953
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reposting for the new generation of younguns
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Ufuk_Surekli posted:

lo posted:


what's the story with those ethopian ones? are they from the PDRE period?



the rectangular Karl Marx (which is still at the university of Addis Ababa today afaik) is pre-PDRE - it was actually a gift from the DDR shortly after the Ethiopian Revolution (1974). Erich Hoenecker was present for its official unveiling in situ in 1977. the rock-church style drawing is more difficult to date, could be from the PDRE days (1987-1991) or even prerevolutionary, but it seems more likely that it and images like it were commissioned shortly after the Revolution as part of a campaign to supplant and syncretize clerical imagery with secular Marxist persons and concepts.

i've also seen, lost and now can't find a picture of a surviving street mural (which i think is from PDRE-era proper) expressly depicting MEL as Africans, with no attempt to make them look European at all. if i find it again i'll post it here


cool ty. i'd love to learn more about how the different socialist states in africa represented marxism culturally.

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the southernmost Lenin on earth (pictured above) is at Polyus Nedostupnosti Station, Antarctica (the so-called "pole of inaccessibility", i.e., the furthest inland point from all Antarctic coastlines)
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Ufuk_Surekli posted:

this is incredible. do you know what their take was, besides "Joseph Stalin: heartthrob"? im having difficulty understanding how they could sell a Stalin special-issue to an australian audience



i think it's a cover and that's all. the previous two weeks covers featured churchill and FDR so its just war-time mindset, as shriekingviolent said. i had a quick browse and there doesn't seem to be any stalin-specific articles but you can look for yourself if you like:

https://trove.nla.gov.au/aww/read/208655#page/1/mode/1up

still cool

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for tonight's installment, i'd like to offer you the demonic bugle-peeking Lenin of Kerala,


a very wholesome Karl Marx ordering the tiny popular masses to destroy an even smaller church (as pictured in the Marx Memorial Library, London),


and finally this rather astonishing and a possibly a little bit gross mobile baby-Stalin:
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Ufuk_Surekli posted:

the southernmost Lenin on earth (pictured above) is at Polyus Nedostupnosti Station, Antarctica (the so-called "pole of inaccessibility", i.e., the furthest inland point from all Antarctic coastlines)



reading this post in Werner Herzog's voice

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Ufuk_Surekli posted:

the southernmost Lenin on earth (pictured above) is at Polyus Nedostupnosti Station, Antarctica (the so-called "pole of inaccessibility", i.e., the furthest inland point from all Antarctic coastlines)


Eventually the snow will bury the bust... or maybe in a thousand years the Antarctic will be ice-free, like it was during the Cretaceous Thermal Maximum, and Lenin’s toppled head will look dolefully out onto a quiet earth, and an ocean full of nothing but lanternfish and tiny jellies. Make s U Think

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Ruzbihan posted:

Eventually the snow will bury the bust



this may happen fairly soon actually; here's what the other parts of the structure look(ed) like:


and here's a closeup of what's left


architectural protip: always position your Lenin busts as high up on the building as you can

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Ruzbihan posted:

Eventually the snow will bury the bust



that’s what they always say but they keep coming back every friday

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Ufuk_Surekli posted:

and finally this rather astonishing and a possibly a little bit gross mobile baby-Stalin:



i hate this man's nipple

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for tonight's Lenin salvo, i'm going postal






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Portrait of V.I. Lenin with Cap, in the Style of Jackson Pollock III

moving into controversial territory here

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which splodge is lenin
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the red one
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if u press alt-f4 u can see lenin
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dimashq posted:

if u press alt-f4 u can see lenin



i was skeptical at first but as it happens my desktop background is an actual portrait of lenin

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Ufuk_Surekli posted:


now interested in religious movements revolving around socialist leaders. trotsky ana avakian not included

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somebody posted this on twitter a while back, train station Lenin
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so here is the kremlin which is a gaybar in belfast and is also irelands largest gaybar.

first night it opened it of course had a bomb scare

it is one of only two places within the "uk" that has a lenin statue the other being Islington museum in london.







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mural of bobby sands, che and a mini Lenin in west belfast. I don't think this is any longer still around though
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i guess my favorite marx was probably karl marx,
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massive sculpture at my university
nice to look at while studying stupid shit
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visited big lenin statue in fremont, wa. apparently it's only one in amerikka? anyway, disappointing in that its displayed as a 'monument to art outlasting politics', an ironic joke/trophy imported from ukraine, complete with holodomor infopanel. they regularly paint his hands red. not my favourite, just posting to say don't bother. death to amerika.
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Che Guevara rendered in the Japanese video game Guevera, marketed in the U.S. for the NES as "Guerrilla War."



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