Alexander Kosolapov
Kosolapov's (b.1943) works are based on an ironic and radical combination of recognizable symbols and stereotypes of Soviet ideology and global mass culture. Playing with images, the artist debunks both Soviet political myth-making and capitalist commodity fetishism. His works can be found in the collections of MOMA New York, the State Tretyakov Gallery, the Russian Museum and others.
Alexander Kosolapov. Tatlin-Girl
synthetic resin, wood, metal, mixed media, ed. 5, h - 168 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Malevich Sold Here
Malevich Sold Here
acrylic on canvas, 126х180 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Duchamp-Girl
synthetic resin, wood, metal, mixed media, ed. 5, h - 168 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Kalashnikov-Girl
synthetic resin, wood, metal, mixed media, ed. 5, h - 168 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Malevich-Girl
synthetic resin, wood, metal, mixed media, ed. 5, h - 168 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Malevich-Matisse
acrylic on canvas, 117 x 172 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Red Caviar
Red Caviar
silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
150 x 180 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Blue Caviar
Blue Caviar
silkscreen and acrylic on canvas
150 x 180 cm
Alexander Kosolapov. Love
acrylic on canvas, 80х170 cm
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Solo exhibitions
2021 DTM. Syntax Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2017 Lenin-Coca-Cola. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
2016 Icons: West & East. Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2014 Freedom of Vodka. Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Alexander KOSOLAPOV. Galerie Vallois Sculptures, Paris, France
2013 SELECTED WORKS. Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
2011 SOTSART. Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York, USA
2010 Alexander KOSOLAPOV. Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
2007 Mickey, Kamasutra et autres… Galerie Vallois, Paris, France
2003 Mickey–Lenin. One Work Gallery, Moscow, Russia
1997 Alexander Kosolapov. Galerie Karenina, Vienna, Austria
1994 Alexander Kosolapov. Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg, Germany
1993 New Post-Communist Billboards oder Bilder aus dem Neuen Rußland. Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany
1991 Alexander Kosolapov. Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, USA
1990 Alexander Kosolapov. Berman Gallery, New York, USA
1987 Alexander Kosolapov, Galerie Anne Friebe, Cologne, Germany
1985 Semaphore Gallery, New York, USA
1974 Central Exhibition Hall, Kuznetsky Most, Moscow, USSR
group exhibitions
2016 Collection. The Pompidou Center, Paris, France
2014 POST POP: EAST MEETS WEST. Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
2012 Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art, 1960-80s. Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Russian Art of the New Millennium. Main Gallery, New York, USA
2011 Russian Turbulence. Charles Riva Collection, Brussels, Belgium
Museum of Parallel Narratives. As part of L'Internationale. MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
2010 Decadence Now! Visions of Excess. Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
BLITZ. Galerie A.L.F.A., Paris, France
Glasnost: Soviet Nonconformist Art from the 1980s. Haunch of Venison, London, UK
Best of. Galerie Nathalie Obadia invites Artfact, Belgium
2009 THROUGH THE PAST TO THE FUTURE. Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, New York, USA
Russian art, 1989–2009, from the Museum collection. Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft? Kunsthalle, Vienna, Austria
The Thaw and the Time After – Moscow Artists 1958–2008. Part III, Perestroika (1986–1996). Galerie Sandmann, Berlin, Germany
That Obscure Object of Art. Ca'Rezzonico, Venice, Italy
2008 MEDIUM RELIGION. ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany
That Obscure Object of Art. Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna, Austria
Total Enlightenment – Conceptual Art in Moscow 1960–1990. Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain
Moscow – New York / Thaw. Chelsea Art Museum, New York, USA
2007 Sots Art: Political Art in Russia. State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
THAW. Marble Palace, The State Russian Museum, St Petersburg, Russia
2006 Masters of Humor & Satire. Sloane Gallery of Art, Denver, Colorado, USA
Unlearn. Organized by Plug In ICA, Winnipeg, Canada
ESSENCE OF LIFE ART. Graphic Art by Conceptual Artists of Russia and Eastern Europe. Ludwig Museum at the Russian Museum, Marble Palace, St Petersburg, Russia
Branding. Centre PasquArt, Kunsthaus d'art, Biel/Bienne, Switzerland
Revolution. Transit Art Space, Stavanger, Norway
2005 RUSSIA! Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA
Russian Pop Art, State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
2004 Printed light – photographic vision and the modern print. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
2003 Berlin-Moscow / Moscow-Berlin. 1950–2000. Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Ortstermin Moskau 1970 und die Zeit danach. Sandmann, Berlin, Germany
2002 Gefährliche Spiele. Sandmann, Berlin, Germany
2000 New collection. Kupferstichkabinett, Berlin, Germany
2000+ artist collection. Museum of Modern Art, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Kosolapov. Paintings. Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
1999 Kunst im untergrund. Albertina, Vienna, Austria
1998 Russlands Zweite Avantgarde. Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Wörlen, Passau, Germany
Pop Art, Sots Art. Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis, Minnesota
1997 Cetinjski Bijenale. Montenegro
1995 Kunst im Verborgenen. Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; Documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany
Temporarily Possessed: The Semi-Permanent Collection. The New Museum, New York, USA
1994 Before "neo" and after "post". Lehman College, New York, USA
El Mágico Mundo De Mickey Mouse. Cuartel del Conde-Duque, Madrid; Palau Sant Jordi, Barcelona, Spain
1992 Sots Art. Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
Ex USSR. Groninger Museum, Groningen, Netherlands
1991 From Thaw to Perestroika. Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Kunst, Europa: Sowjetunion. Ilya Kabakov, Alexander Kosolapov, Igor Makarevich. Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany
1990 Art=Money? The Gallery, New York, USA
Art and Publicity. Centre Pompidou, Paris, France
The Objects. Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
1989 Transit: Russian Artists Between the East and West. Nakhamkin Fine Arts, New York; Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, USA; Central Exhibition Hall, Moscow; The State Russian Museum, Leningrad, Russia
ART 20'89 BASEL/SCHWEIZ. Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany
Reagan: American Icon. Center Gallery of Bucknell University, Lewisburg; Humphrey Fine Art, New York; Reading Public Museum and Art Gallery, Reading, USA
1988 Hommage–Demontage. Neue Galerie: Ludwig Collection, Aachen; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; Kunstmuseum Gelsenkirchen, Germany; Provinciaal Museum Hasselt, Belgium; mumok – Museum moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig Wien, Vienna, Austria
State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow / State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg / National Center for Contemporary Art (NCCA), Moscow / Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York / Museum Of Modern Art (MOMA), New York / Albertina Museum, Vienna / Kupferstichkabinett Museum of Print and Drawing, Berlin / B'nai B'rith Klutznick National Jewish Museum, Washington, D.C. / Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC / MIT Museum, Cambridge, MA / Moderna Galerija (Museum of Modern Art), Ljubljana / Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein / Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ / New York Public Library (NYPL), New York / MMK Passau – Museum of Modern Art Wörlen Passau, Passau, Germany / USF Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FL / The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York / New York Public Library, New York / Kolodzei Art Foundation, Highland Park, NJ, USA / The State-Zarizin Museum, Moscow / Evelyn Weiss Collection, Cologne, Germany / Chase Manhattan Bank Collection, New York, USA
Interview with Alexander Kosolapov
for Russian Art Focus