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Russian New York-based sculptor Ernst Neizvestny turns 90

April 09, 2015, 13:52 UTC+3 NEW YORK

The sculptor said he woud like to visit the opening of his personal exhibition in Moscow next year

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Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny

Sculptor Ernst Neizvestny

© ITAR-TASS Archive/Ernst Neizvestny

NEW YORK, April 9. /TASS/. Russian sculptor Ernst Neizvesnty who has been living in the United States since 1977 celebrates his 90th birthday on Thursday.

Neizvesnty told TASS he would celebrate his birthday at his studio in New York.

"Those who remember will come and congratulate me," the veteran sculptor said.

He also said he woud like to visit the opening of his personal exhibition in Moscow next year.

"It is hard for me to travel," Neizvesnty said. "But if my exhibition opens at Manezh [exposition center near the Kremlin], I will try to come."

Neizvestny was born on April 9, 1925 in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg). In 1942, he joined the Red Army as a volunteer. The sculptor emigrated to Switzerland in 1976 and then moved to New York in 1977.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has congreatulated the famous sculptor on his 90th birthday, the government said on its website.

"You are a person of an amazing fate and big talent," Medvedev said. "Your works are not only masterpieces of monumental art but also artistic documents of the epoch."

Neizvesnty's works can be seen in many cities of the former Soviet Union and at a number of the world's museums.

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