Konstantin Simun

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Konstantin Simun
Born Konstantin Michailovich Simun
(1934-04-06) 6 April 1934 (age 80)
Soviet Union Leningrad, USSR
Nationality American
Education Repin Institute, St. Petersburg, Russia
Known for Sculpture, Drawing, Painting
Awards Lenin Peace Prize 1962

Konstantin Simun (born 1934) is a Russian sculptor living and working in Boston, United States. He was born in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 1934. He is most well known for his large-scale monuments, including Broken Ring, a monument to the "Road of Life" on Lake Ladoga, near Saint Petersburg, and "Totem America," exhibited for a decade at DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park. He is a recipient of awards from the International Dyagilev Prize “For Devotion to Art”, The Ludwig Vogelstein Foundation, and The Pollack-Krasner Foundation.

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Konstantin Simun was born in Leningrad, USSR, in 1934. He studied sculpture at the secondary school of Arts at the I.Repin Art Institute (Leningrad), then at the Tallinn Art Institute (Estonia), and from 1953 to 1957 at the I.Repin institute of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture. In 1958 he became a member of the Artists' Union of the USSR. Since 1988 he has been living in the USA. Konstantin Simun has created numerous works which have been widely exhibited throughout Russia and the United States. He is the author of the 1966 monument "Broken Ring" on Lake Ladoga (near St. Petersburg, Russia), which brought him international recognition, and is acknowledged as one of the most significant memorials of World War II. Simun's works are in the permanent collections of Russia's largest museums, such as the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moskow, the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg, the Perm Gallery in Perm and others, as well as in private collections. His work "Totem: America" was exhibited at the DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park in Lincoln, Massachusetts, from 1993 to 2002, and brought him great popularity in the US. He is the author of the Memorial to puppeteer I. Fokin installed in Harvard Square, Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2001.

"The Broken Ring" (1966), in commemoration of the lifting of the Leningrad siege during World War II. On the shore of Lake Ladoga, near St. Petersburg, Russia.
Memorial to Joseph Brodsky in the patio of philological faculty of Saint Petersburg State University

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