A Journey with the Kabakovs at the Tate Modern

One-hundred years from the Russian Revolution, the spotlight is on the couple that brought the images of the Soviet Union and its contradictions to the heights of the world art scene. Pioneers of the installation, from Moscow to New York, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov staged, in ways never seen before, their personal experiences and political aspects of the Socialist myth, from shared apartments to propagando art. In the background, the universal themes of fantasy and Utopia, from hope to fear, impregnating their last works dedicated to the uncertainties of modern society with their very spirits. The exhibition at the Tate Modern retraces the incredible adventure of the Kabakovs, starting with paintings, drawings and sculptures from when Ilya was an underground artist in 1960’s Moscow, until the meeting with Emilia and the birth of the “total installation” with which the married couple made its mark on the global art scene. For the occasion, three major installations will be presented together for the first time, works that have rarely been exhibited in public: The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment (1985), Labyrinth (1990) and Not Everyone Will be Taken Into the Future (2001), three environments inhabited by imaginary characters that transmit anxiety and a sense of the absurd.

Francesca Grego - © 2017 ARTE.itfor Bulgari Hotel London