Maxim Komar-Myshkin. Vladimir`s Night
Tytuł: Vladimir`s Night
Autor: Maxim Komar-Myshkin
Published by Sternberg Press
Artistic consultant: Max Lomberg
Design: Rachel Kinrot
Copyrights coordinator: Iris Pappo
Printing and binding: Petit SK
Published on the occasion of the exhibition of Roee Rosen and Zbigniew Libera, Judgement Night, Galeria Labirynt
Lublin, May 16th-June 29th, 2014
Gallery director: Waldemar Tatarczuk
Exhibition curator: Agnieszka Chwiałkowska
Support for this publication was provided by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage
Dofinansowano ze środków Ministra Kultury i Dziedzictwa Narodowego
Wymiary: 210 x 310 mm.
Vladimir's Night is the chimerical final work by Maxim Komar-Myshkin, one of the most elusive and tragic figures in Israeli-Russian art.
Part children’s book, part gory political assault and part erotic farce involving elaborately detailed paintings that draw from the most disparate sources, the work is not only Komar-Myshkin's magnum opus, but an instrument of psycho-aesthetic retaliation against Vladimir Putin, whom the artist believed had a personal vendetta against him. Komar-Myshkin committed suicide in 2011, soon after completing the album.
In her annotations, Rosa Chabanova explores the book’s many layers, covering such wide-ranging topics as the financial schemes of Russian oligarchs, medieval literature, political assassinations and the massive immigration wave of Russians to Israel. In so doing, Chabanova unravels the haunting story of Komar-Myshkin and arrives at startling conclusions as to what actually transpired during Komar-Myshkin's final years.
Maxim Komar-Myshkin was born in Moscow in 1978. He immigrated to Israel in 2004. There, he founded the Buried Alive group, a circle of artists, writers and filmmakers who vowed in their manifesto to operate as cultural zombies.