Celebrating five decades of work, this book traces a line from Ilya Kabakov's early paintings, drawings, albums and installations to the collaborative projects made with his wife Emilia following his emigration to the West in 1987. Exploring the themes of failed utopia and political disillusionment, as well as fantasies of escape and transcendence, this publication includes texts from leading art historians that contextualise the artists' practice along with the artists' own writings providing insight into a career exemplified by innovation and originality. This beautiful book introduces newcomers to these important artists, while also serving as a key reference for those already familiar with their work.
Introduction / Juliet Bingham The beautiful future is empty / Robert Storr The elimination of utopianism is yet another form of utopianism / Matthew Jesse Jackson Re-inventing authorship / Boris Groys On Labyrinth (my mother's album) / Kate Fowle The archaeo-futures of Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Ilya Kabakov and the Russian avant-garde / Dimitri Ozerkov The works / texts by Katy Wan Notes Chronology.
Catalogue of the exhibition "Ilya and Emilia Kabakov : Not everyone will be taken into the future" held at Tate Modern, London, 18 October 2017 - 28 January 2018 ; The State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg 20 April - 29 July, 2018) and The State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 6 September - 13 January 2019. Includes bibliographical references (pages 209-212) and index.