The Underground Russian Artists Who Evaded the KGB
Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
The House Of Dreams 2005
Silkscreen printed in 3 spot colours on Colorplan 350gsm
52.2 x 71 cm
Edition of 200
£140 excl. VAT
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Since the early 1990s, Russian-born Ilya & Emilia Kabakov have collaborated to make complex installations that combine references to history, art, literature and philosophy. Much of their work has revolved around the creation of elaborate fictional characters and situations, with an interest in storytelling and fantasy underpinning their work.
This limited edition, produced for the Serpentine, reproduces one of Ilya Kabakov's preparatory drawings for The House of Dreams. The illustration is loosely based on the Gallery's architecture, depicting an idealised vision of the installation.
Image rights: © 2005 Ilya and Emilia Kabakov / Serpentine Gallery
Husband and wife Ilya and Emilia Kabokov have developed an international reputation for creating deeply evocative works that reflect on the socioeconomics of the late Soviet Union. Their projects entail multiple stages of planning, often accompanied by a host of preparatory diagrams and sketches, as with The Red Wagon (1991), a large-scale experiential installation meant to reflect the closed-off, circular, and frustrating nature of the Russian government. “[The viewer] is to fail in the effort to reach the heaven, then live through period of frustrating and fruitless anticipation—only to find himself standing in heaps of rubbish and junk at the end of the road,” they have said about the work. The pair’s practice together has continually explored how people relate to oppression, isolation, and other forms of adversity, and has been compared to that of constructivist artists El Lissitzky and Alexander Rodchenko, who each used their art to reflect upon Soviet politics and culture.
Russian, 1933 and 1945, Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, based in Long Island, New York