'Death's head' Putin gazes into the inferno – and the Russian embassy

Russian President Vladimir Putin now adorns the front of one of Latvia's most popular museums – though 'adorns' may not be quite the right word.

A stylized 'death's head' Putin – only slightly less attractive than the real thing – was unfurled to welcome visitors to the acclaimed Pauls Stradiņš Museum of Medical History.

The eye-catching image originally featured on last week's edition of the 'Ir' weekly news magazine. 

While visitors might expect to encounter grotesque and disturbing sights among the sample jars inside the museum, they now also have to contend with an image of the disgusting Russian leader on the outside, too.

It is probably not a coincidence that the building facing the museum on the other side of the street is the Russian embassy, whose own flag may currently inspire similar feelings of nausea and repulsion among passers-by. The background of the image is blood red, which, combined with the black and white of the death's head imagery gives a suitably Nazistic feel to the depiction of Putin in his current role as a Hitler tribute act.

In order to express its support to the people of Ukraine and stand against the Russian invasion, the Pauls Stradiņš Museum of Medical History, together with the Latvian Center for Contemporary Art (LLMC), is organizing a cycle of activism and protest workshops.

“Participation workshops” take place every day from 16.00 to 19.00 in the premises of the Museum of Medical History. During them, under the guidance of professional artists, you will have the opportunity to create your own poster, learning different art techniques, as well as share different experiences and methods of participation and activism.

The workshops will be led by various Latvian artists, such as Krista Burāne, Ieva Kauliņa, Maija Kurševa and others, who will share their knowledge of the means of artistic expression. For up-to-date information about the artists, please follow the “Participation Workshop” Facebook event.

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