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Catalog Number J-PH18.09
Other Name Komar & Melamid
Object Name Photograph
Description On Burning the Suitcase - Jerusalem,1977

To mark their emigration from the Soviet Union, artists Vitaly Komar and Alex Melamid created TEMPLE, an installation projrect in Jerusalem, in which Komar's suitcase, brought from Russia, was sacrificed. The two immigrated to New York in 1978, becoming US citizens in 1988. They continued to collaborate for a while but eventually separated.
Graduates of Moscow's Stroganov Art School in 1967, Vitaly and Alex began collaborating almost immediatly after meeting in anatomy cl;ass. They are recognized as the founders of Russia's Sots-Art movement of the late 60's and 70's. Inspired by American Pop Art, Sots Art used irony, parady and mockery as an antidote to the formally approved art of the Soviet regime. Because of their anti-Soviet antics, Komar & Melamid were thrown out of the Moscow Union of Artists as deviants. The pair undertook a contentious period of petition to receive permissdion to leave the Soviet Union . In late 1977, first Melamid and then Komar, received permission to join relatives in Israel.
Dimensions H-18 W-22.25 inches
Collection Photographs
Accession number 1483
Cataloged by Koch, Alan
Lexicon category 8: Communication Artifact
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