A commemorative event to celebrate the completion of new artwork by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov


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A commemorative event to celebrate the opening of a new artwork, “The Monument of Tolerance,” by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

We are thrilled to organise an opening event to celebrate the completion of one of the new artworks for ETAT by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, “The Monument of Torelerance”.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov created “The Rice Field” for the first ETAT in 2000 which has become one of the most popular artworks that represents this region and ETAT. They then created “The Arch of Life” in 2015.  The project named “Kabakovs’ Dreams” consisting of the existing artworks and seven newly created works was launched in 2021. Since July 2021, four of the new works and another one have been presented at Matsudai Nohbutai and MonET respectively.

“The Monument of Tolerance” is the cumulation of the series of works by the Kabakovs. This small tower represents connections, peace, dialogue, and co-existence beyond ethnicity, religions, and cultures and the monument on the ceiling emits lights in different colours in the evening, communicating to the world about the importance of being tolerant to each other.

1.Opening symposium “Kabakovs Dreams: Art for survival”


  • “The Kabakovs and Echigo-Tsumari” by Kitagawa Fram (ETAT General Director)
  • “The Kabakovs and “Kabakovs Dreams” project” by Kono Wakana (Professor at Waseda University, Curator of “Kabakovs Dreams”
  • “The Kabakovs and Nonconformist Art” by Suzuki Masami (Professor at Niigata University / Russian Literature)
  • “The Kabakovs in the context of contemporary art” by Kuresawa Takemi (Professor at Tokyo University of Technology / Art and Design Critic)

Venue: Matsudai NohbutaiEchigo-Matsudai Satoyama Shokudo (3743-1 Matsudai, Niigata-city, Japan)
Date and Time: 14:00-15:00 on Saturday 11 December 2021
Price: Adult JPY600 / Child age under 15 JPY300 (please pay at the door)
Pre-registration is essential
Please registration by Thursday 9 December 2021

2.Opening reception

The opening reception includes the performance of Russian music, light-up of “The Monument of Tolerance” accompanied with Russian cuisine.

Date & Time: 15:30-16:30 on Saturday 11 December 2021
Venue: In front of “The Monument of Tolerance” installed on Joyama (※ A shuttle bus will take participants to the venue from Matsudai Nohbutai. Some parts of the program will be at Matsudai Nohbutai in case of wet weather.).
Price: Free of charge
Booking is essential
Please registration by Thursday 9 December 2021

Limited opening of the artwork in December 2021

After the opening of the artwork on 11 December, it will be open to the public on the following dates in December 2021:

・Opening dates: Sunday 12, Saturday 18, Sunday 19, Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 December 2021
・Opening hours: 10:00-16:00
・Admission: Available for purchase from the reception on the upper floor of Matsudai Nohbutai

※ The opening of the artwork will be cancelled due to the snowfall. Please check the ETAT official website prior to your visit to avoid dissapointment.

Photo : Roman Mensing / artdoc.de

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Ilya Kabakov was born in 1933 in the former Soviet Union (current Ukraine) and currently resides in New York. 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 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) and “The Arch of Life” as permanent installations in Echigo-Tsumari. They received The Praemium Imperiale in 2008.

For inquiry

Echigo Tsumari Art Field Information Center
Address Museum on Echigo-Tsumari, MonET 6-1, 71-2, Honcho, Tokamachi-city, Niigata Prefecture, 948-0003
E-mail info@tsumari-artfield.com
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