Homecoming for the Kabakovs

Homecoming for the Kabakovs

New York. The Russian-born American artist Ilya Kabakov and his collaborator and wife Emilia Kabakov will have their first major retrospective in their native Moscow from 15 September to 14 October. The show, curated by Moscow Biennale commissioner Joseph Backstein with art historian and curator Robert Storr as advisor, will include major installations, paintings, drawings and models presented at three venues: the Pushkin Museum, the newly-opened CCC Moscow (see above), and the M+J Guelman Gallery. “This is a very important show because it is our city, and because we will be able for the first time to show in Moscow the ‘total installations’,” says Ms Kabakov, adding: “It is exactly 20 years since Ilya left Russia.” The works will include the installations The Life of Flies, 1992, The Red Wagon, 1991, The Toilet, first shown at Documenta in 1992, The Alternative History of Art, 2005, and The Gates, 2008. Four catalogues are being produced (all in Russian). There will be a related symposium at CCC Moscow on 16 and 17 September. J.E.K.

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