The artist couple, now living in the US, explain why they’re finally taking their installations about Soviet life to Moscow
It has been more than 30 years since Ilya Kabakov left the Soviet Union, and 45 since his wife Emilia’s family emigrated, and much of their work is inspired by memories and symbols of the old Soviet life. Russians under 30 will not remember the Soviet Union the conceptual artists’ installations portray, nor the daydreams of escape they inspired, but even the early art remains stubbornly relevant. It reflects the little heavens we make in our larger hells, as Emilia describes it.
But then, it was never really about the Soviet Union, was it?
Link : Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on their return to Russia: ‘Our art is universal’