Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

    October 18, 2017 - January 28, 2018
    Tate Modern
    London SE1 9TG

    The exhibition charts the Kabakovs’ incredible artistic journey, from the early paintings, drawings, albums and sculptural works made by Ilya working as an ‘unofficial’ artist in his Moscow studio from the 1960s, through to his move to New York in the late 1980s – a turning point which marked the beginning of his collaboration with Emilia on immersive and often large-scale installations. Including architectural models of realised and unrealised utopian projects and public sculptures, the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of the Kabakovs’ practice. 

    The Kabakovs are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. Critiquing the conventions of art history and drawing upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union – from dreary communal apartments to propaganda art and its highly optimistic depictions of Soviet life – their work addresses universal ideas of utopia and fantasy; hope and fear.


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  • The Utopian Projects
    September 7, 2017 - March 4, 2018
    Hirschhorn Museum
    Independence Ave SW
    Washington, DC, USA

    Acclaimed Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have been working collaboratively for nearly thirty years. Although built with unbridled imagination and optimism, their installation-based works are directly inspired by the hardships, surveillance, and suspicion they endured while living in the Soviet Union. Spanning the years between 1985 and the present day, The Utopian Projects features more than twenty of the Kabakovs’ maquettes and whimsical models. Engaging projects both realized and unrealized, this exhibition includes monuments, allegorical narratives, architectural structures, and commissioned outdoor works.

    Opening nearly thirty years after the Hirshhorn hosted Ilya Kabakov’s first major US exhibition, The Utopian Projects includes the working studio models of such quintessential artworks as The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment(1985)—which was fully realized and presented at the Hirshhorn in 1990—and The Ship of Tolerance, a sixty-foot wooden sailboat that has been successfully launched all around the world and widely celebrated for its message of tolerance and hope. On May 25, The Ship of Tolerance was fully realized at the Vatican, under the patronage of the Holy See and Vicariate.

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  • The Dream City
    August 8, 2015 - December 6, 2015
    The Power Station of Art, Shanghai, China
    From 8 August 2015 the Power Station of Art in Shanghai, China, presents The Dream City by Ilya & Emilia Kabakov as their most ambitious large-scale project. This installation will take visitors onto a journey through various smaller installations combining architecture, lighting, paintings, sound and urban planning. This city draws references from the Renaissance, Romanticism and modern science. The works presented in The Dream City, comprised of paintings, curious objects and models all highlight subjects that the Kabakovs have engaged with throughout their practice. Whilst visiting the Power Station of Art, the artists invite us " think and reflect about art, culture, the daily life and our present and our future."
    This exhibition is co-organized by the Grand Palais, Paris for which Ilya & Emilia Kabakov had created The Strange City, at Monumenta 2014, an installation composed of eight large constructions each presenting the artists's unique creative universe.  
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  • Glasstress 2015 Gotika I La Biennale di Venezia
    May 9, 2015 - November 22, 2015
    La Biennale di Venezia, Palazzo Franchetti/Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Campo S. Stefano, Venice, Italy

    In the context of the 56th Venice Biennale, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have been invited to participate in the exhibition Glasstress 2015 Gotika curated by Dr. Dimitri Ozerkov, Director of Hermitage 20/21 and of the Contemporary Art Department in the State Hermitage Museum with Adriano Berengo of Berengo Studio.

    The exhibition explores medieval ideas, comparing the Biblia pauperum to today's contemporary style and communication methods that have imperceptibly crept into our modern conscience despite our technological advances and how the Gothic concept has influenced contemporary art, ranging from Europe to America, from North Africa to Japan.

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  • Award for Excellence in the Arts 2015
    April 15, 2015 - April 15, 2015

    The Appraisers Association of America will honor Ilya and Emilia Kabakov with the 2015 Award for Excellence in the Arts to be presented at the Eleventh Annual Award Luncheon on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at the New York Athletic Club on Central Park South, New York City.

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  • I'm Beginning to Forget
    May 25, 2014 - August 17, 2014
    Kunsthaus Zug
    Zug, Switzerland

    A large-scale fourteen-part series from 2010 will be on view at the Kunsthaus for the first time in its entirety as part of a show featuring key works by the Kabakov from Swiss collections: paintings, works on paper and albums, accordion-folds and books dating from the 1960s onwards, as well as "Concert for a Fly (Chamber Music)" of 1986, the first installation by Kabakov ever shown in the West. The exhibition was curated by Matthias Haldemann in collaboration with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.

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    May 10, 2014 - June 22, 2014
    MONUMENTA 2014
    Grand Palais, Nef/Nave
    Paris, France

    For the sixth edition of Monumenta, Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, celebrated internationally for their large-scale projects and ambitious installations, will invite viewers to lose themselves in the maze of an imaginary town: “The Strange City”. Including paintings, curious objects and models, the works installed highlight the core issues that preoccupy the Kabakovs.

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  • El Lissitzky – Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Utopia and Reality
    February 7, 2014 - May 11, 2014
    Kunsthaus Graz
    Graz, Austria

    The exhibition in the Kunsthaus Graz is a version of the 2013 exhibition shown in the Van Abbe Museum in Eindhoven, specially adapted to the venue, which sets up a dialogue between the two giants of Russian art at the beginning and end of the Soviet Union respectively, El Lissitzky and Ilya Kabakov. The exhibition shows over 40 original works by El Lissitzky, together with well known works by Ilya Kabakov.

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  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: A Collective Memory
    November 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014
    Sharjah Art Foundation
    Sharjah Art Museum
    United Arab Emirates

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: A Collective Memory explores a selection of work by Russian-born American artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. While often rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which they lived, their work attains a universal significance that contemplates failed utopias around the world.


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  • Utopia and Reality? El Lissitzky, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
    September 17, 2013 - November 17, 2013
    MAMM (Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow)
    Moscow, Russia

    Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are the guest curators of this exhibition that features their work in dialogue with El Lissitzky's (1890-1941). It is the first time that their works are being presented together. This exhibition travels from the Van Abbemuseum, Holland and the Hermitage, Saint-Petersbourg.




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