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Ukrainian Village Names Square After Andy Warhol

Ron Rivlin, April 20, 2016

Ron Rivlin, April 20, 2016

Andy Warhol Ukranian square

Andy Warhol’s name has been immortalized once again, this time in the west Ukrainian village of Minay. By orders of a local governor The October Square, named to honor the Bolsheevik revolution of 1917, has been renamed after Andy Warhol.

According to news reports on uatoday.tv the idea behind the name change is part of the decommunization process that marks the country’s separation/break from the Soviet past. Under the new instated law all names and/or symbols associated with Communist Soviet and Nazi German will be removed. More than 200 villages and towns associated with the Soviet era will be renamed in honor of Ukrainian artist and activists.

The Transcarpathia region’s governor, Gennady Moskal, decided to include Warhol because of the pop-icons ‘possible’ Ukrainian roots. Warhol’s parents
were both born in Austria-Hungary, known today as Slovakia, but immigrated to the United Sates in the 1920’s. Even though Warhol was born and raised in America, his brothers were both born in Slovakia, Moskal thought it appropriate to rename the square after him because of his family’s roots.

The Andy Warhol Square is but only one in a list of architectural structures named after Warhol. The city of Pennsylvania, birthplace of Warhol, flaunts its love for their artist by housing both The Andy Warhol Museum (1994) and The Andy Warhol bridge (2005).

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