Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Former Soviet Union/USA

Ilya Kabakov is born in 1933 in the former Soviet Union (current Ukraine) and passed away in 2023. While he was officially known as an illustrator of children’s books from 1950s to 1980s he continued unofficial activities. After moving his base to abroad in the midst of 1980s, Kabakov presented “total installation” replicating Soviet-like space at Venice Biennale and Documenta. Ilya started to work with Emilia (born in 1945) in New York in 1988. In Japan, they had solo exhibitions such as “Life and Creativity of Charles Rosenthal” (1999), “Ilya & Emilia Kabakovo present: Ilya Kabakov orbis pictus – Children’s book illustrator as a social character” (2007) and created “The Rice Field” (2000) , “The Arch of Life”(2015) and “The Monument of Tolerance”(2022) as permanent installations in Echigo-Tsumari. They received The Praemium Imperiale in 2008.


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