KABAKOV Emilia and Ilya

KABAKOV Emilia and Ilya


  • Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. While their work is deeply rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which the Kabakovs came of age, their work still attains a universal significance.
  • Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, and began his career as a children’s book illustrator during the 1950’s. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. In 1985 he received his first solo show exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, and he moved to the West two years later taking up a six months residency at Kunstverein Graz, Austria. In 1988 Kabakov began working with his future wife Emilia (they were to be married in 1992). From this point onwards, all their work was collaborative, in different proportions according to the specific project involved. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. His installations speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally.
  • Emilia Kabakov (nee Kanevsky) was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1945. She attended the Music College in Irkutsk in addition to studying Spanish language and literature at the Moscow University. She immigrated to Israel in 1973, and moved to New York in 1975, where she worked as a curator and art dealer.


  • 2014 – Museum Sztuki Wsputczesnej MOCAK, Krakau, Poland
  • 2013 – Kunst In Europa seit 1945 “Verfurung Freiheit.”
  • 2013 – MHKA Museum, Antwerpen, The Netherlands,”Collection XXII:Personality Test”
  • 2013 – Palazzo Reale, Mailand,Italy
  • 2013 – University of Westminster, London, England
  • 2013 – Symposium at The Art School, University of Philadelphia, USA
  • 2013 – BFA Fine Arts, School   of Visual Arts, New York, USA
  • 2013 – 55th Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy ,”White Light/White Heat”
  • 2013 – Kumu Kunstmuseum, Tallin,Estonia
  • 2013 – PACE Gallery, New York, USA
  • 2013 – Moscow, Gorky Park “The Ship of Tolerance” with Garage and The City of Moscow

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