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Komar & Melamid

Exhibition March 22 − June 9, 2019
Moscow Museum of Modern Art presents an exhibition of the founders of social art Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid "Komar & Melamid", the first in Russia retrospective of the authors.

The exhibition is a large-scale exhibition in 16 rooms, which includes works created by artists after their unification into a creative duet, from 1972 to 2003.

“Komar & Melamid” in its genre resembles a collection of quotes - works and documents extracted from key and most famous artists' projects. So the famous series of Sots Art, which gave life to one of the main directions of Russian art, was shown to the public for the first time in almost all its completeness exactly as it was collected by the authors in 1974.

All numerous exposition is divided into two sections - the Soviet period of the artists and the American. Grouped by topic, the works reveal the general meaning of the creative efforts of two artists.

The expressive design, installation approach in the display of objects, a specially created playlist of musical accompaniment are designed to enhance the perception of the audience and immerse them in the atmosphere of the last third of the 20th century.

Vitaly Komar (born in 1943, Moscow) and Alexander Melamid (born in 1945, Moscow) met in the early 1960s, their first joint exhibition "Retrospectiveism" was held in 1967 in the cafe "Blue Bird" in Moscow.

Later, in 1972, artists come up with and develop the concept of a new art direction - Sots Art. In 1974, become participants in the famous "Bulldozer Exhibition."

The first foreign exhibition of Komar and Melamid, “Color is a great force”, takes place in the gallery of Ronald Feldman (1976, New York), a year after which artists move to the USA.

The 1980s – 1990s are the heyday and recognition of authors abroad. In private galleries and museums there are exhibitions with the participation of Komar and Melamid, and their works are bought, in particular, by the New York MoMA, the Metropolitan Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art.

In 1999, Komar and Melamid participate in the Venice Biennale, exhibiting paintings of elephants and "photos of Mickey" in the Russian pavilion. The project “Komar & Melamid” existed until 2003.

Based on the official website Moscow Museum of Modern Art.