Maxim Komar-Myshkin - Vladimir’s Night
Presented as a children’s book, this gory political assault and erotic farce involving elaborately detailed paintings that draw from the most disparate sources, 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. Reportedly, Komar-Myshkin committed suicide in
2011, soon after completing the album. But this is just one of the mysteries surrounding the inception of this work of art. For a better understanding, there’s an introduction by Roee Rosen and an annotation of all 38 plates. Rosa Chabanova identifies all the references and 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. Reader beware: Beautiful, nightmarish and intense !
Beautifully printed with all illustrations in full-colour, and a hardcover jacket. 170 pages.
Note to the images shown below: the texts in this book are in english!