Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid were born in Moscow in 1943 and 1945, respectively. They graduated from the Stroganov School of Art and Design in 1967. Their first joint show, Retrospectivism, appeared at Moscow's Blue Bird in 1967. During the late 1960s and early 70s, Komar & Melamid founded the movement that they call Sots Art, a unique version of Soviet Pop and Conceptual Art, which combines the principles of Dadaism and Socialist Realism. They collaborate on various conceptual projects, ranging from painting and performance to installation, public sculpture, photography, music, and poetry. Their work can be found in the permanent collection of Guggenheim Museum in New York, Victoria and Albert Museum in London, Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam and Museum Ludwig in Cologne.

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The Robert Fontaine Gallery, provides a platform for emerging, mid-career, established and master artists ranging in historical scope from the
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