Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
The Decorator Maligin, 2016
Unique work in a limited edition, signed and numbered
Size 300 x 200 cm
Tibetan hand-knotted wool in Kathmandu, Nepal Edition of 6 + 3 APs
A project curated by GoldenRuler, Rome
and realized by Equator Production, New York
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov take fantasy and illustration to become stand-ins for reality, and that which a carpet is decidedly not, a window to another world, is in fact offered by their design. This leads one straight into the hallmark practice of the Russian pair, living for many years in the West, but still working with the folklore, mythology, and pictorial practices of their native country.
Emilia and Ilya Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that have been collaborating since 1988. Their work fuses the conceptual with the everyday. Ilya is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. Growing up in the Soviet Union, their work focuses on Soviet society and culture, highlighting its universal significance. Their work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, at the Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, to name a few. The Kabakovs have also received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka Preis, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995.