Ilya & Emilia Kabakov ‘Der Hase in der Kunstakademie’

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, They are Free. (Side B)Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Der Hase in der Kunstakademie, 2014
Art is a strange world or better a utopia which could not be realized. This is the
message of Ilya & Emilia Kabakovs gargantuan show „L’étrange cité“ (The
Strange City) which is running until June 22nd in the Parisian Grand Palais. The
artist couple was invited for the Monumenta 2014 to use the interior of the Big
Palace that was built for the world fair of 1900. Inside they realized an
imaginary white town.

As a tribute to the Monumenta and the Kabakovs’ lifetime achievement
Brigade Commerz has published an exclusive picture vinyl edition with a picture
by Ilya Kabakov and a portrait of the couple by Russian photographer Roman
Mensing. For „Der Hase in der Kunstakademie“ (The Hare in the Academy of
Fine Arts) three tracks of the recordings were used that Brigade Commerz
made with the Kabakovs in 2010 in Zug/Switzerland.

(Side A: Ilya Kabakov – Kurze Erinnerung an die Kindheit (Short childhood
memory) / Emilia Kabakov – I never believed in Communism) For the first time
Ilya Kabakov talks about the traumata of his childhood and his escape into the
realm of art; Emilia reports from her life under the ideology of the Soviet
Union. (Side B: Ilya Kabakov – Immortality and Voices from the Communal
Kitchen). Ilya’s comment on immortality combined with the voices of the
communal kitchen become a fanciful sound collage.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Der Hase in der Kunstakademie, 2014 (Side A)Legendary installation artist Ilya Kabakov remembers, how in his childhood he met a huge black bird at an art school and later “the hare at the academy of fine arts”. Like his wife Emilia he never believed in communism – art has always been the realm to escape from the nightmare of social reality. His comment on “Immortality” is contrasted with the original voices of the famous “communal kitchen” (1991). Recorded 2010 in Zug/Switzerland. (germ., engl. russ.) With cover illustration „They are free“ by Ilya Kabakov.

Medium: 12" Picture Vinyl in transparent plastic bag and black maxi sleeve,
Edition of 25
Numbered and signed by the artists
Price: 320 Euro (incl. 19% VAT)

Medium: 12" Picture Vinyl in transparent plastic bag and black maxi sleeve,
Edition of 50 (not signed)
Price: 120 Euro (incl. 19% VAT)

These limited edition Ilya & Emilia Kabakov vinyl's are available at Brigade Commerz

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