'SuperPutin' Exhibition Gives Russian Leader a Pop-art Make Over

As the Russian president announced his decision to run for a fourth term, the art exhibit featuring multiple portraits of Putin opened to the public

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A man looks at a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017.
A man looks at a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017.Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV
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MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin is seen riding a brown bear in medieval armor, cuddling a puppy and dressed as Santa Claus - it’s not his latest series of publicity photos, but rather artwork at a new Moscow exhibition focused on Russia’s leader.

The exhibition, dubbed “SUPERPUTIN”, features around 30 paintings and sculptures of the Russian leader in a variety of different styles, all of which were made by Russian artists.

In a happy accident of political theater, the exhibition opened on the day that he announced his bid for a fourth term as Russia’s President.

The exhibition runs from today in the UMAM museum in Moscow until January 15.

A visitor looks at a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV
A visitor gestures next to paintings depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV
A man walks away from a a painting of Russian president Vladimir Putin, part of the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at the UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 7, 2017. Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
A woman looks at a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV
A visitor takes picture of the painting of Russian president Vladimir Putin, part of the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at the UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 7, 2017. Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
A museum worker passes sculptures of Russian president Vladimir Putin of Russian president Vladimir Putin, part of the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at the UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, Dec. 7, 2017.Credit: AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin
A visitor walks past a painting depicting Russian President Vladimir Putin dressed andSanta Claus at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri
A visitor walks past a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition at UMAM museum in Moscow on December 6, 2017. Credit: AFP PHOTO / Yuri KADOBNOV
A woman sits on a bench at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition in UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, December 6, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov
A man takes a picture of a painting depicting Russian president Vladimir Putin at the "SUPERPUTIN" exhibition in UMAM museum in Moscow, Russia, December 6, 2017. Credit: REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov

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