Fyodor M. Dostoevsky in Copenhagen

On Sunday 3 November 2019, a monument of one of the world’s most important authors, Fyodor Dostoevsky (1821-1881), was unveiled at the historical Assistens Cemeteries outside the City of Copenhagens´ Nørreport. Actor Viktor Melnikov has since 2013 provided a sparklingly sharp insight into Dostoevsky’s writing, a unique acting performance with the dissemination of the authorship on stage, which has been performed in the small Chapel there. He created an authenticity and intensity on the stage room, entirely in the Dostoyevsky’s spirit. Dostoyevsky’s writing allows us to look into the secret corners of our fellow human beings.

The Dostoevsky monument in Copenhagen
The unveiling ceremony consisted of live music, pantomime art and speeches by, among others, cultural adviser Christoffer Jørgensen, several Dostoevsky experts and many others, including representatives from the Municipality of Copenhagen. The young artist Andrey Tartyshnikov was present, saying that his biggest problem when he created the sculpture was when he should make the eyes. He said, he chose to leave two black holes in his face which symbolized how Dostoevsky was able to see the depth and contradictions of his heroes.

The monument was given in 2017 in appreciation of the Dostoevsky theater trilogy, The Dream of a Rediculous Man, Krotkaja and The Little Orphan and donated to the Municipality of Copenhagen at this celebration event in 2019.