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The black and white pictures are fascinating, showing the two artists on the eve of their 15 minutes of fame. This is the first time the photos have been shown in Europe: the organisers tell me they chose Kyiv because of Andy Warhol’s Ukrainian background.

According to Wikipedia, Warhol’s parents were Rusynsfrom the town of Miko, now Mikova, in what is now Slovakia but was, when they emigrated to the United States, part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. Warhol himself was born in Pittsburgh in 1928.

I’ve blogged before about the tumultuous history and multi-ethnic background of western Ukraine. The complex heritage of Andy Warhol’s family is another reminder of how this region has been fought over for centuries.

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