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ILYA AND EMILIA KABAKOV: ENTER HERE

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DIRECTED BY AMEI WALLACH

Amei Wallach and editor/cinematographer Ken Kobland made the acclaimed portrait LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE. Here they collaborate with the Hermitage Museum to explore the fascinating lives and work of the Kabakovs, a husband-and-wife team who are Russia’s most acclaimed visual artists. Born in 1933 in the Ukraine — to a Jewish family during the famine artificially created by Stalin — Ilya Kabakov’s life changed when he literally stumbled into the Leningrad School of Art. The deprivation he and his mother suffered during this period serves as the emotional substrata of his art. In the Soviet Union he led a double life: as a successful state-approved illustrator and as a major artist, forbidden to exhibit his own art. Coming to the US in 1988, Ilya began to build three-dimensional spaces using the communal apartment as a metaphor for the intellectual, psychological and physical repression at the core of Soviet life. In 2005, he became the first living Russian artist to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg.

Note: A Kabakov exhibit showing through Dec 21, at the Pace Gallery, 32 East 57 Street. More info here

Presented with support from the JOAN S. CONSTANTINER FUND FOR JEWISH AND HOLOCAUST FILM

USA  • 2013  • 103 MINS.  • IN ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, AND GERMAN WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES
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“A marvelous documentary film.”
– Peter Schjeldahl, The New Yorker

“Dynamically shot. An intimate picture of Soviet life across many decades of utopian ambition and upheaval. A multifaceted, informative portrait conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs’ work.”
– Nicolas Rapold, The New York Times

Click here to read about the Kabakovs in Dorothy Spears’s terrific recent piece in The New York Times 

Ilya Kabakov is “one of the 10 greatest living artists.”

 – ARTnews

“The most famous and original artists to have come out of the former USSR.”
– Manchester Guardian (UK)

Among “the marvels that launched the Tate Modern.”
– The Observer (UK)

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