Here today, gone tomorrow: new exhibition shows how statues went in and out of political fashion

The turbulent years that gripped Central and Eastern European countries for a large chunk of the last century, and the totalitarian regimes that ensnared them, made life hard for monuments and statues. They were meant to stay, untouched and worshipped for centuries, but in reality some of them lasted no more than a few decades or even just a few years. A new exhibition at Warsaw’s Museum of Sculpture, entitled ‘Monument. Central and Eastern Europe 1918–2018’, reminds visitors of the fickle hand of political fate dealt to many of these objects of art.