: Square in Western Ukraine named after pop-art founder Andy Warhol

18:45 Apr. 8, 2016

Square in Western Ukraine named after pop-art founder Andy Warhol

Two art critics look at a Andy Warhol painting entitled 'Liz# 3 early colored' at Sotheby's auction during a press preview in London, Oct. 10, 2014 (AP Photo)

The name charge is underway as part of decommunization process Ukraine 

A square in Zakarpattya region in Western Ukraine has been renamed after Andy Warhol, an American artist of Ukrainian descent who is known for being the founder of pop-art.

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The name charge is a part of the decommunization process that marks the country's break from the Soviet past.

Seven streets in five villages in the region have also been renamed in honour of Ukrainian artists and activists. All of them lived in the region and contributed to its development.

The Ukrainian parliament passed a law which orders to rename around two hundred villages and towns. Thousands of Soviet monuments are set to be dismantled as well. Recently, a 20-metre statue of Lenin was toppled in the southern Ukrainian city of Zaporizhya.

It stood in the city center for more than 50 years. Overall about 800 monuments dedicated to Lenin were taken down in the past two years. The first demolitions coincided with the pro-EU Maidan protests against Moscow-backed former President Viktor Yanukovych.


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