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Statue of Muse (2011) by Russian sculptor Alexander Bourganov, standing in front of the Fine Arts Museum of Veliky Novgorod.


Alexander Bourganov (Born 1935) is a Russian sculptor, a National Artist of Russia, and a member of the Russian Academy of Fine Arts. His recent works include a monument to Alexander Pushkin located at George Washington University in Washington DC (2000); a statue of John Quincy Adams, the first U.S. Ambassador to Russia and later President of the United States, located in front of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow (2008); and a statue of poet Walt Whitman located on the campus of Moscow State University (2009). In 2001 his studio in Moscow was given the status of a State Museum. His other works around Moscow include a series of fountains and statues on Ukrainsky Boulvar, near the Hotel Ukraine.

Bourganov was born in Baku, Azerbaijan and was graduated from Moscow State Artistic and Industrial College (now Stroganov University). He received a PhD. in art history.

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