- Arts, Human Interest, Biography, and Essay
Ilya Kabakov was born in the Ukraine in 1933. Today he is considered one of the most important contemporary artists worldwide, and there is practically no significant museum of contemporary art around the world that doesn't show at least one of his installations. With his etchings, paintings and particularly with these installations he has for decades now created a phantastic world that serves as a counterpoint to the brutal reality and its many failed visions. These installations, executed with exquisite detail, are strange and enchanted spaces. They are like film sets telling life histories, touching emotions and memories held by people everywhere. But his stories are more than personal dramas: Kabakov is one of the last great utopists, he looks disenchantedly at the debris of the 20th century but at the same time, with human warmth and a distinct imagination, he is able to envision other worlds.
- Show treatment
Flies, angels and occasionally bees play a role in the theatrical installations of Russian conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov (b. 1933). Born and raised in the Ukraine during the period extending from Stalin to Gorbachev, Kabakov began his career as an illustrator in Moscow in the 1950s. He was also the initial person starting with conceptual art in Moscow. In 1987 he left the country and settled near New York where he met his former love Emilia, who left the SU in the 70th. they married and since then they are working together. it is a documentary about the art of installation, about the Kabakovs but also about the power of phantasy and art to survive difficult living conditions.
- Running time
- 90 minutes
- Kerstin Stutterheim ... director / author
- Prod. Co.
- Filmtank Hamburg
- Years of Production
- Germany, New York, Moscow, Paris, Basel, Ukrainia,
- Release year
- docu Arts Amsterdam; FIFA Montreal
- Realfiction (for the German Release)
- Broadcast (Prod.)
- Russian / German and Russian / English
- German / English
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