Michail Grobman (b. 1939, Moscow) is an artist and a poet. In the 1960s he was an active member of the Second Russian Avant-garde. In 1971 he immigrated to Israel. In 1975 he founded the Leviathan group and art periodical. He works in collage, painting, installation, and object. The use of text is very important in Grobman’s art, he writes minimalist poems and transforms old book covers with poetic texts and characters.
Grobman currently lives and works in Tel Aviv, Israel, a country significantly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. For the project, he sends a photo of his daily life, working in his studio, and one work in which he had foreseen the virus titled The World Has Died.
Tel Aviv, 20/04/2020
Artists Respond project was started by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection. Addressing the current global pandemic, the project aims to virtually present the thoughts and attitudes of neo-avant-garde artists, their energy and the message they have for the present moment. This is the moment in which the world as we know it is on hold and the moment in which we need optimism and solidarity more than ever. We wish for the public to welcome the creative energy of these artists - artists who are ready to point out the state of things, to respond with art and creativity, as they have done in all difficult times in the past.
Michail Grobman was a participant of our Artist on Vacation project in 2015, organised by the Institute for the Research of the Avant-Garde and the Marinko Sudac Collection, with Valamar Riviera d.d. in whose facilities they reside in Poreč.
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