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One more picture from Memento Park, this is the Bιla Kun Memorial, probably the most controversial piece there. Originally it was installed in a prominent park in Buda (Vιrmező-park) in 1986, but even than there were signs that the public opposed the idea of a memorial for Bιla Kun (1886-1938), who was a Communist revolutionary and the de facto leader of the short lived Hungarian Soviet Republic in 1919. He had to flee from Hungary to the Soviet Union after the collapse of his regime, but apparently his comrades did not like him either, he was executed in Moscow in 1939. In 1992 the memorial was moved to this cemetery of Communist relics, and now the art critics claim that the move compromised the artistic merits of the composition. It is the work of Imre Varga (b 1923), one of Hungary's best living artists. He put a lot of symbolism into this work, the most interesting is the lamp-post. A lamp-post reminds Hungarians of a Petφfi poem where he writes about lamp-posts (lαmpavas) as a place where revolutionaries hung their victims in Vienna in the 1848 revolution. So by putting Kun beside lamp post and waving good-by, it suggests that he is escaping from hanging, which is not far from the truth. This is not one of the best work of Imre Varga, I already posted one which I like better, and I plan to post at least two more from the streets of Budapest.

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