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Artist's book - Sluchai III

Sluchai III

  • Object:

    Artist's book

  • Place of origin:

    St Petersburg (Russia) (published)

  • Date:

    1994 (published)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Karasik, Mikhail (artist)
    Kharmsizdat (publisher)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    National Art Library

The lithographed hand-written text is taken from 'Sluchai' ['Incidents'] by Daniil Kharms. Accompanying illustrations depict, on one side, a bending figure in a cap, smoking a pipe, printed on salmon pink paper, and on the reverse, silhouettes of cap-wearing, pipe-smoking figures, printed on grey paper.

Physical description

Artist's book comprising 7 triangular paper-covered boards hinged together with cloth and folded fan-style to form a wedge. This may be read leaf by leaf or opened out into a segmented spread which is printed on each side with lithographed hand-written texts.

In a wedge-shaped slipcase of grey board featuring paper label printed with title.

Limited edition of 21 copies.

Place of Origin

St Petersburg (Russia) (published)


1994 (published)


Karasik, Mikhail (artist)
Kharmsizdat (publisher)


Height: 40 cm, Width: 26 cm

Descriptive line

'Sluchai III' by Mikhail Karasik, Kharmsizdat, St Petersburg, 1994

Labels and date

Mikhail Karasik (born 1953)
Daniil Kharms: Incidents III
St Petersburg: M.K. Publishers, 1994

'Incidents III' is Mikhail Karasik's third collection of surreal short stories by the Russian avant-garde poet, author and dramatist Daniil Kharms. The book can be arranged physically in different ways and read in any order. This may be a metaphor for the random quality of the narratives, which were Kharms's veiled comment on the absurdities of Soviet life.

Lithographs on paper over board, linen hinges
Texts compiled by Anna Gerasimova
Museum no. 38041994109668 []


Artists' Books; National Art Library


National Art Library

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