Photo: ROMAN MENSING in SAN GIMIGNANO
Ilya & Emilia KABAKOV
Ilya, born in 1933, and Emilia, born in 1945, in the former Soviet Union (currently Ukraine); live and work in the U.S.A.
Ilya Kabakov, a leading figure of the Moscow Conceptualist movement in the 1960s and 1970s, began collaborating with Emilia Kabakov, who was a curator, in 1989. With a style adopting different elements such as words and music, they have explored the theme of everyday life and conceptuality. They have shown their work in many international exhibitions, such as the Documenta IX (1992) and represented Russia at the Venice Biennale (1993). They received the Praemium Imperiale award in 2008, and exhibited their work in major museums around the world, such as the Hermitage Museum (2013). The documentary film “Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: ENTER HERE” was released in 2014. Their large-scale outdoor installation “Fallen Sky” (1995/2016) will be exhibited on the shoreline of Takahagi city.