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Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Regarded as the father of Russian Conceptualism, Ilya Kabakov has worked together with his wife Emilia since 1988.

From the very outset the couple’s work was distinguished by its reflection on social, cultural and political issues in the Soviet Union, on the tragic ramifications of crumbling ideologies, but also, in a more universal sense, on the human condition and the loss of moral bearings in the contemporary age.

Their work is charged with a powerful utopian ideal, seeing refuge in art and the imagination as a possible salvation from the everyday.