'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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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.
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.
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, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, announced on Wednesday that he would seek his fourth term in office in March. Putin's 80-percent approval ratings make his victory all but certain.
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.
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, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, announced on Wednesday that he would seek his fourth term in office in March. Putin's 80-percent approval ratings make his victory all but certain.
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, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The 65-year old Russian leader, who has ruled the country since 2000, announced on Wednesday that he would seek his fourth term in office in March. Putin's 80-percent approval ratings make his victory all but certain.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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