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That’s because this particular work had more politics in it than art. It also epitomized public discontent about the current state of Ukraine’s politics.

The painting called The Last Day of Rada went on display briefly at Alex Art House center in Kyiv between April 17 and 23. Its centerpiece is Ukraine’s parliament building ablaze.

The painting, 80 by 120 centimeters in size, became famous virtually overnight, as most Ukrainian media ran stories about it, quoting multiple art critics trashing it as “unprofessional” and having no artistic value.

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