Chávez or bust, cont.


Colocaran-busto-Chavez-Miraflores-AVN_NACIMA20130523_0141_19Looks like I was right after all: the bust of the late comandante supremo located outside the IPSFA shopping center in Caracas will be the first of many.

Nicolás Maduro presented a new bust this week, made by Russian artist Igor Sechien and it comes as a gift from no other than President Vladimir Putin. 

The bust will be put in Miraflores Palace as a symbol of the current Russian-Venezuelan alliance (which can be summed up in one sentence: we give them money and sweet oil deals and they give us lots of weapons and political cover).

One related question, does the deal include giving official government credentials to Russian nationals they can use in case they’re caught with their hands full of drugs?

But don’t worry: there will be also Chávez busts made by Venezuelan artists, like the one which was unveiled in front of the Aragua State Sports Institute’s offices in Maracay.

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  1. Is the picture of the actual bust? It looks like some russian guy. Was there a clearance sale on busts in the Kremlin??….

    • Seriously: since the XIX century, the main function of Venezuelan embassies abroad has been to promote the use of Venezuelan caudillo busts around the globe. Not a single bust of Bolívar in Germany or Spain, Russia or Italy was placed in all those avenues and streets without the intervention of some Venezuelan ambassador and/or cultural attaché.
      When Venezuelans go abroad they often become impressed by what they think is a world admiration for Bolívar. In reality at some given time since Páez started the wild cult (yes, it was Páez, after Bolívar himself), some Venezuelan ambassador used a lot of our money and time to put this or that statue in that street or square. Of course, after a while, even foreigners may start to say: “perhaps this guy did something special” (they didn’t do that after the Bolivar hat). The only Venezuelan properly honoured abroad without Venezuelan intervention is, to my knowledge, Miranda at the Arch in Paris.

      Venezuelans have the most idiotic personality cult ever, worse than Turks.

      Perhaps the woman is not Russian but Belorussian. Important: same babes but with a less powerful dictator. I suppose that cocaine they found was for very private use (like: yoohoo, we can party here like in Moscow!). Now, to be fair: other than the Russian pilot Yaroshenko, abducted from Liberia by the USA for carrying several tons of cocaine, I haven’t heard of more cocaine-related stuff in Venezuela for Russians (Belo- or not) than for other Europeans. The whole Council of Europe is represented in our jails (mostly in the ones with swimming pools).

      Talking about cocaine-plagued countries: I wonder if Tibisay Lucena’s work in Senegal and Guinea-Bissau promoting Smartmatic has come to anything. Apparently, Mali is no longer interested. I digress, but so many connections.

      • Your comment reminds me of a funny anecdote. I was on a tour in Paris with my family. Our tour guide was a funny guy (North American, the tour was in English), always cracking jokes about the monuments we saw, trying to pull our leg with made up stories to see if we fell for them. Fast forward to one of the statues you mention, he starts saying “so this is a statue of Simon Bolivar (accent on the last syllable), a French explorer of some kind”. Naturally, we think he was trying to make fun of the rest of the people on tour (we were the only Latin Americans) so we burst out laughing. Then we realized the guy wasn’t laughing and looked really confused at what had happened. We were like, dude, nice try, but we’re from Colombia. He was still confused. Right then we realized he actually thought Bolívar was “a French explorer of some kind” and we had just embarrassed him in from of everyone, we than had to (as politely as he could) say he was a bit confused and that Bolívar was in fact a very important figure in the independence of many countries in South America. Coño, que regalen las estatuas con una explicación o algo.

  2. When rulers feel insecure about their legitimacy because they arrived at it through means which dont quite compell al their subjects natural respect they often try to concoct a faux one by fostering personality cults and other idolatries . there is a scholarly historical paper which studies how August (Octavius) ,the Roman emperor, purposefully had many statues of himself made so that people would idolize him and grant him godly status . Part of the Regimes legitimacy now that its popularity is waning is founded on the deification and cult of Chavez , for as succesors to a deified Chavez they have a claim to legitimacy which the masses much eroded support may no longer grant them . thus the importance of statues and any physical symbol that promotes the cult of Chavez, the epic saintly hero, This accounts for the proliferation of Statues of the ‘great fallen leader’ !!

  3. Chavez seems always to be depicted in a military uniform in the statues. Can someone let me know what war he was in and what battles he won? Who was the enemy? And how many times Chavez was wounded or even faced gun fire?

    I know he hid under a desk and pooped his pants once.

    Will hammers be banned from going near the statues?

    • He was a caudillo. By their very nature caudillos don’t fight wars, they just look mean and annoy the rest of us hard-working folks.

    • Who said we believe Igor is an artist? I mentioned him in the next post. I have written about that creature a few times in my blog. He is indeed the worst of the Russian mafia.


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