The first major UK museum exhibition dedicated to the Kabakov’s, a husband and wife duo and Russia's best known contemporary artists, will be opening at Tate Modern this October.
Widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation. They emerged from the wreckage of the USSR, and its birth and death informs every aspect of their work.
The exhibition traces a line from Ilya Kabakov’s early paintings, drawings, albums and installations made in Moscow before his emigration to the West in 1987, to the collaborative projects made with Emilia in America since 1988, including immersive installations and architectural models. Deeply rooted in the visual culture of Soviet society and yet speaking equally to universal themes, this major exhibition explores the theme of failed utopia and the role of the artist in society in uncertain times.
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future
18 October 2017 – 28 January 2018