Alexander Kosolapov (Russian, b.1943) is a world-renowned Russian painter and sculptor, who is currently active in the United States. Kosolapov was born in Moscow, Russia, and attended the Secondary Art School of V. Surikov Art Institute in Moscow between 1950 and 1961. He went on to join the Stroganov Art and Design College in Moscow, where he studied until 1968, with a break in between due to military service. Kosolapov is a dynamic artist, who constantly shifts between different ideologies, cultures, languages, and even countries.

He spent 30 years in Moscow before immigrating in 1975 to New York, where he was introduced to American Pop Art, especially the works of Andy Warhol. However, he still maintains his aesthetic connection with Sots-Art, a movement he cofounded in 1973. One of his contemporary pieces is the Lenin Coca Cola, which is a classic example of his obsession with the aesthetics of American consumerism and Russian ideologies and art. As a testimony to his dynamism, he recently started to experiment with new, nonexistent Post-Soviet Russian brands to show that the world today is consumed by ideologies and consumerism.

Some of the galleries Kosolapov has exhibited in include Artists' House at Kuznetsky Most Str., Moscow, in 1974, Semaphore Gallery, New York, in 1985, Galerie Karenina, Vienna, in 1997, and Galerie Anna Friebe, Cologne, Germany, in 1987. He has also participated in group exhibitions like New Art from the Soviet Union at the Pratt Institute Gallery in Columbia, Montgomery Hall at St. Mary College in Maryland in 1978, and Art=Money? at The Gallery in New York City in 1990. Kosolapov's collections of works are found in many places, including the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Chase Manhattan bank in New York, and the Wihlhelm-Hack-Museum in Ludwigshafen, Germany. Religious groups have targeted his work several times, notably with the 2003 defacing of This is My Blood by the "For the Moral Rebirth of the Fatherland" religious group. Nonetheless, he has repeatedly affirmed that he means the church no harm. The artist currently lives and works in New York City and Moscow.

Timeline

1943
Born in Moscow, Russia
1950–1961
Attended the Secondary Art School of V. Surikov Art Institute, Moscow, Russia
1962–1968
Studied, with a break due to military service, at the Sculpture Department of Stroganov Moscow Higher Art College, Moscow, Russia
1975
Emigrated to the United States
Lives and works in New York, NY and Moscow, Russia

Exhibitions

2013
Artgenève13, Art Fair Galerie Sébastien Bertrand, Geneva, Switzerland
Breaking The Ice : MOSCOW ART, 1960-80s, SAATCHI Gallery, London, UK
2012
Main Gallery. Russian Art of the New Millennium. New York, USA
2011
Alexander Kosolapov — SOTSART. Leonard Hutton Galleries, New York, USA (solo)
Museum of Parallel Narratives. In the framework of L’Internationale. MACBA, Barcelona, Spain
The Present and Presence. Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana, Slovenia
I love ALDI. Wilhelm Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Deutschland
2010
Alexander KOSOLAPOV. Galerie Vallois, Paris, France (solo)
Decadence Now! Visions of Excess. Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
BLITZ. Galerie A.L.F.A., Paris, France
Glasnost: Soviet Non-Conformist Art from the 1980s. Haunch of Venison, London
2009
THROUGH THE PAST TO THE FUTURE. Alexandre Gertsman Contemporary Art, New York, NY
Doors open day: a mansion — a gymnasium — a clinic — a museum. Russian art, 1989—2009, from the Museum collection, Moscow Museum of Modern Art, Moscow, Russia
1989. Ende der Geschichte oder Beginn der Zukunft? Kunsthalle, Wien, 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 (Этот смутный объект искусства). Ca’Rezzoniko, Venice, Italy
2008
Die totale Aufklärung - Moskauer Konzeptkunst, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany
2006
Branding, Centre PasquArt, Kunsthaus d'art, Bienne, Switzerland
Artists Against The State: Perestroika Revisited, Ronald Feldman Gallery, New York, NY
2005
Russia!, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY
Russia 2: Bad News from Russia, White Box Gallery, New York, NY
Russian Pop Art, State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia
Essence of Life/Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary; State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia; State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
Moscow Grafika: Artists' Prints 1961 - 2005, International Print Center, New York, NY
2004
Berlin-Moscow/Moscow-Berlin 1950-2000, State Historical Museum, Moscow, Russia
Printed light - photographic vision and the modern print. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia
Szene MOSKVA (1977-1991), Galerie Eva Poll, Berlin, Germany
Seven Sins, Moderna galerija Ljubljana, Liubliana
Body, Culture and Optical Illusions, Museum Center of the Russian State Humanities University, Moscow, Russia
2003
Berlin-Moskau/Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin, Germany
Ortstermin Moskau - 1970 und die Zeit danach, Galerie Sandmann, Berlin, Germany
Kunst und Politik, Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany
Remembrance, Yeshiva University Museum, New York, NY USA
Attention, religion! A. Sakharov Museum and Public Center, Moscow, Russia
Mickey-Lenin, Gallery of One Work, Moscow, Russia (solo)
2002
Russian Revolutions, Singer Gallery, Mizel Center for Arts and Culture, Denver, CO
100% Vision, Rigina Gallery, Moscow, Russia
ARTEAST 2000+, Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Liubliana, Slovenia (traveling show)
2000
Sots Art/Pop Art, Duke University Museum of Art, Durham, NC (solo)
1999
Kunst im untergrund, Albertina museum, Vienna, Austria
Drama Lenin-Stalin Tragodie, Galerie Hihenthal und Bergen, Berlin, Germany
1998
Russlands Zweite Avantgarde, Museum Moderner Kunst, Passau, Germany
1997
III Cetinjski Bijenale, Cetinje, Montenegro
History in Persons: 1956-1996, Central exhibition hall, Nizhny Novgorod (traveling exhibition)
Alexander Kosolapov, Galerie Karenina, Vienna, Austria (solo)
1996
Here and there: Contemporary Artist from the former Soviet Union, B'naiB'rith Klutznick, National Jewish Museum, Washington, DC
1995
Kunst im verborgenen, Nonkonformisten Russland 1957-1995, Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen am Rhein; documenta-Halle, Kassel, Germany; Staatliches Lindenau-Museum, Altenburg, Germany; Riding Hall, Moscow, Russia
Russian Jewish Artist in a Century of Change, Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Prospekts, Chase Manhattan, New York, NY
Temporarily Possessed, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY
1994
Artist Instead of a Work of Art, or a Jump to the Void, Central Artists' House, Moscow, Russia
Before «Neo» and After «Post», Lehman College Art Gallery, New York, NY
Who is Who, Museum Moderner Kunst, Vienna, Austria
El Magico Mundo De Mickey Mouse, Cuartel conde Duque, Madrid, Spain; Palau Sant Jordi; Barcelona, Spain
II Cetinjski Bijenale, Cetinje, Montenegro
Alexander Kosolapov, Galerie Vorsetzen, Hamburg, Germany (solo)
1993
New Post-Communist Billboards oder Bilder aus dem Neuen Russland, Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany (solo)
3rd Minos Beach Sculpture symposium, Minos, Greece
Monuments: Transformation for the Future, World Financial Center, New York, NY; Central Artists' House, Moscow, Russia; Kunstihoone, Tallinn, Estonia
Coca Art Show, Galleria Bianca Pilat, Milan, Italy
1992
Ex USSR, Groninger Museum, Groninger, The Netherlands
Soc-art. V. Lenin Museum, Moscow, Russia
10 New York Artists, Galerie Löhr, Mönchengladbach, Germany
1991
Contemporary Soviet Art: From Thaw to Perestroyka, Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Kunst: Europa, Sovietunion, Kunstverein, Hanover, Germany
In de USSR en Erbuiten, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Transpositions, Art Museum University of South Florida, Tampa, FL
Another art. Moscow 1956-1976, State Tretiakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia (traveling exhibition)
Alexander Kosolapov, Ruth Siegel Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
Belkin, Chuikov, Kosolapov, Galerie Eva Poll, Berlin, Germany
1990
Art=Money?, The Gallery, New York, NY
Art et Publicite, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France; Du Sezon Museum, Tokyo, Japan
Schizo-China: Hallucination at at the helm (exhibition at Avant-garde Artists' Club), VDNH Construction pavilion at Frunzenskaya Embankment, Moscow, Russia
Transit: Russian Artists Between the East and West, Fine Arts Museum of Long Island, Hempstead, NY; Central Artists' House, Moscow, Russia; State Russian Museum, St. Petersburg, Russia
1989
D&D, Kunstverein, Hamburg, FRG
Reagan: American Icon, Bucknell University, Luisburg, PA
Wirklichkeit als Konzept II, Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany
Hommage-Demontage, Neue Galerie - Ludwig Collection, Aachen, Germany; Wilhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen, Germany (traveling exhibition)
1988
Alexander Kosolapov, Galerie Inge Baecker, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1987
A Retrospective of Creative Effort of Moscow Artists: 1957-1987, Hermitage Association, Exhibition Hall at 100 Profsoyuznaya Str., Moscow, Russia
Alexander Kosolapov, Galerie Anna Friebe, Cologne, Germany (solo)
1986
Sots Art, New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY; Glenbow Museum, Calgary, Canada
1985
Alexander Kosolapov, Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY (solo)
1984
Sots Art, Semaphore Gallery, New York, NY
Les Russes au present, Le centre culturel de la Villedieu, Elancourt, France
1983
Come Yesterday and You'll Be First, City Without Walls Gallery, New-Ark; Contemporary Russian Art Center of America, Jersey City, NJ
1981
Nouvelles Tendences de l'Art Russe Non-Officiel: 1970-1980, Centre Culturel de la Villedieu, Elancourt, France
Russian New Wave, Contemporary Russian Art Center, New York, NY
1978
New Art from the Soviet Union, Pratt Institute Gallery, Columbia; Montgomery Hall, St. Mary College, St. Mary's City, MD
1974
Die totale Aufklärung - Moskauer Konzeptkunst, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt, Germany (solo)

Public Collections

Museum Moderner Kunst, Stiftung Worlen, Passau
New York Public Library, New York
Albertina, Wien
Chase Manhattan Bank, New York
National Jewish Museum, B’nay B’rith Klauthznik, Washington
Museum of art, The Duke University, N.C.
Wihlhelm-Hack-Museum, Ludwigshafen
The State-Zarizin Museum, Moscow
Zimmerly Art Museum, Rutgers, New Jersey
Art Museum University of South Florida, Tampa
Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Slovenia
Museum Of Modern Art, MOMA, New York
The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Kupferstift Kabinet, Berlin, Germany
The State Russian Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia