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Born 1943 in Moscow, Russia

Alexander Kosolapov graduated from the sculptural department of the Stroganov Art School in 1969. He has worked in the realm of Sots-art since 1972, combining the visual products of the communist ideology with the products of western mass-culture. In 1975 he immigrated to the US that results in the focus on the relation between Sots art and American Pop. The artistic forms created by Kosolapov, including “Lenin and Coca-Cola,” “Marlboro Malevich,” “Lenin Mickey Mouse,” have been widely distributed and mass-produced into souvenirs and posters. “I was always drawn to social and informational products. I like posters, advertisements, comics, political slogans. I use the shared language of modern mass culture, addressed to an anonymous viewer… All these elements (of mass culture) are reflected in my Sots-art and pop-art works.” – Alexander Kosolapov

He has taken part in many exhibitions in Europe, the United States and across the globe. Recently, he was featured in White Box’s ‘Recycling Religion’, 2016, New York; and in ‘Kollektsia!’, 2016 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The artist’s works have been exhibited in the world’s leading museums and private collections such as the MoMA, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey; and The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions
2018
Downtown Art Ephemera, 1970s-1990s, Curated by Marc H MillerJames Fuentes
2017
Marcel Duchamp FOUNTAIN An HomageFrancis M. Naumann Fine Art
2016
Alexander Kosolapov - Icons : West & EastGalerie Sébastien Bertrand
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Fiddler on the roof, 1985

Oil on canvas
50 × 24 in
127 × 61 cm
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Geneva
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Born 1943 in Moscow, Russia

Alexander Kosolapov graduated from the sculptural department of the Stroganov Art School in 1969. He has worked in the realm of Sots-art since 1972, combining the visual products of the communist ideology with the products of western mass-culture. In 1975 he immigrated to the US that results in the focus on the relation between Sots art and American Pop. The artistic forms created by Kosolapov, including “Lenin and Coca-Cola,” “Marlboro Malevich,” “Lenin Mickey Mouse,” have been widely distributed and mass-produced into souvenirs and posters. “I was always drawn to social and informational products. I like posters, advertisements, comics, political slogans. I use the shared language of modern mass culture, addressed to an anonymous viewer… All these elements (of mass culture) are reflected in my Sots-art and pop-art works.” – Alexander Kosolapov

He has taken part in many exhibitions in Europe, the United States and across the globe. Recently, he was featured in White Box’s ‘Recycling Religion’, 2016, New York; and in ‘Kollektsia!’, 2016 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris. The artist’s works have been exhibited in the world’s leading museums and private collections such as the MoMA, New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York; Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey; and The State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia.

Collected by a major museum
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Selected exhibitions (3)
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