Exhibition of Ilya and Emilia Kabakovs "How to meet an angel" automatic translate
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This summer, next to the Garage Museum of Contemporary Art will appear the installation of conceptualists Ilya and Emilia Kabakovs “How to meet an angel”. Today, the tandem of Ilya and Emilia is without exaggeration the most recognizable phenomenon of Russian art on the international cultural map. Along with painting, objects, books, albums, mockups and graphics, Kabakovs are famous for their total installations - spaces that recreate the situation, atmosphere or stage setting in all the little things and details.
The large-scale installation “How to meet an angel”, which, according to the authors’ intention, is an integral part of the surrounding landscape, will be shown for the first time in Russia. The work is a ladder of several designs that raises a small, modestly dressed person into the sky. His hands are turned to heaven, he is most likely vain, waiting for a meeting with an angel. However, there is still a chance for a meeting, it assumes the performative part of the project, conceived by the authors specifically for display in the Garage Museum.
Such a romantic plot and title refer to the enduring theme in the duet’s work - the desire of the little man to break out of the limits of his predictable, fragile world. Along with this, the installation is inextricably linked with another repetitive way in the work of artists - the image of flight. It is embodied in two diametrically opposed incarnations. In the fly, as in the most mundane, everyday being, derived from the measurement of Soviet communal life, and in the angel - a being pure, unearthly, mystical, representing a world that is unattainable.
The project continues the long-term cooperation of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov with the Garage Museum. The duo’s exhibition opened the first building of the Garage in 2008, and in 2013 at the Pioneer pond in Gorky Park, opposite the temporary Garage pavilion built by the project of Shigeru Ban, their Ship of Tolerance was located. In 2018, to the 85th anniversary of Ilya Kabakov, the Garage Museum prepared the documentary “Poor People. Kabakov "dedicated to the creative way of artists.
Ilya Kabakov (born in 1933, Dnipropetrovsk) is the most sought-after Russian artist in the world, one of the key figures in Moscow conceptualism, the creator of the genre of total installation. In 1951 he graduated from the graphics department of the Moscow State Art Institute. V.I. Surikov, from this time on, illustrated magazines and children’s books. Around the 1960s, he began to create works in various techniques that laid the foundations of "Moscow conceptualism." In the 1980s, it proceeds to the creation of installations in which it recreates the atmosphere of Soviet communal life. The most famous of them is the “Man who flew into space from his room” (1982; National Museum of Modern Art - Center Georges Pompidou, Paris). This work becomes the first of a series of total installations - large-scale projects involving work with large spaces. In the second half of the 1980s, Kabakov began to actively exhibit and work in Europe and the United States. At the same time, his wife, Emilia Kabakov, became his regular co-author.
Emilia Kabakova (born in 1945, Dnepropetrovsk) studied at the Central Music School (Moscow) in 1952–1958, in 1962–1966 at music schools in Irkutsk and Dnepropetrovsk, in 1969–1972 studied Spanish and literature in Moscow State University. M. V. Lomonosov. In 1973 she emigrated to Israel, since 1975 she has been living in the USA. Since 1989, working together with Ilya Kabakov, in 1992, became his wife.
Artists live and work in the United States. In Russia, their personal exhibitions were held in the State Tretyakov Gallery (2003, 2018), the Multimedia Art Museum, Moscow (2003, 2013), the State Hermitage Museum (2004, 2013, 2018).