Roman Abramovich will support the Kabakov’s exhibition

I. Kabakov. Bug. 1982

Moscow, September, 15–October, 15, a large retrospective show of the artists Ilya and Emiliya Kabakovs will take place. Works by the celebrated conceptualist and his wife will be exhibited at three exhibition platforms: in the A.S. Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts and in the Garage and Winzavod centers of the modern art. The exhibition will take place under full financial support of the billionaire and the owner of the Chelsea football club Roman Abramovich.

Earlier it was announced that the fund belonging to another Russian billionaire Michael Prokhorov was to be the sponsor of the retrospective show, however in June Prokhorov refused.

The creative career of Ilya Kabakov, one of the leaders of the Russian informal art begun in 1970s. Having worked in such styles as abstract expressionism and surrealism, the artist has found his own manner – «romantic conceptualism». The main motive of the early works by Kabakov is the ordinary Soviet communal flat with an atmosphere of the mysterious absurdity. Graphic cycles by the artist visually show consecutive transition from figured surrealistic plots to so-called «albas» (Latin. alba – “white”) with the image of household “communal” inscriptions on empty spaces of the work. Later the artist turned to the «housing department art» (1978–1982) and “expo-art” representing installations close to the satirical works of the social art like wall newspapers.

On February of this year Ilya Tabakov was declared the artist of the most expensive work among living Russian artists. His work “Bug” (1982) put up for sales at Phillips de Pury & Co auction house was sold by auction for ₤ 2 932 500 having taken the ninth place in a rating of the most expensive works of the Russian art.

The forthcoming exhibition is to be the first retrospective show held in the Kabakov’s fatherland who since 1988 has been living in New York. The exposition includes over 150 pictures, drawings and objects temporarily taken from the collectors and museums of Gent and Wiesbaden. In particular, the celebrated installations the Life of Flies (1992), the Red Car (1991) and the Alternative History of Arts (2005) will be exposed.

The exhibition will be opened till October, 15.

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