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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future

Ilya Kabakov The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment 1985 Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de Création industrielle. Purchase, 1990 © Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Enter the fantastical world of the Kabakovs in the first major UK museum exhibition dedicated to these pioneers of installation art

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The Kabakovs are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known for their large-scale installations and use of fictional personas. Critiquing the conventions of art history and drawing upon the visual culture of the former Soviet Union – from dreary communal apartments to propaganda art and its highly optimistic depictions of Soviet life – their work addresses universal ideas of utopia and fantasy; hope and fear.

The exhibition charts the Kabakovs’ incredible artistic journey, from the early paintings, drawings, albums and sculptural works made by Ilya working as an ‘unofficial’ artist in his Moscow studio from the 1960s, through to his move to New York in the late 1980s – a turning point which marked the beginning of his collaboration with Emilia on immersive and often large-scale installations. Including architectural models of realised and unrealised utopian projects and public sculptures, the exhibition demonstrates the breadth of the Kabakovs’ practice. 

Three major and rarely exhibited ‘total’ installations will be presented together for the first time: The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment 1985, Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album) 1990 and Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future 2001. Appearing as if they have been recently vacated, these uncanny environments draw spectators into the absurd and moving stories of these often fictional characters.

Coinciding with the centenary of the 1917 Russian Revolution, the exhibition Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future explores the role of the artist in society in uncertain times.

… To sum up:
The way ahead is with Malevich alone.
But only a few will be taken – the best. Those whom the headmaster chooses – HE KNOWS WHOM.
Ilya Kabakov, ‘Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future’, A-YA, issue 5, 1983.

Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future and Red Star Over Russia present the unique visual culture that arose from this momentous period in world history, and the artistic responses of a generation that followed.

The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg and the State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow.

Ilya Kabakov, ‘Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album)’ 1990
Ilya Kabakov
Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album) 1990
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© Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
Ilya Kabakov The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment

Ilya Kabakov
The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment 1985
Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris. Musée national d'art moderne/Centre de Création industrielle. Purchase, 1990
© Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov The Collage of Spaces # 6

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
The Collage of Spaces # 6 2010
Private Collection © Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Photo Courtesy of the Artists

Ilya Kabakov Holiday #1

Ilya Kabakov
Holiday #1 1987
Tsukanov Family Foundation © Ilya Kabakov
Photo Courtesy of the Artists

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov How to Meet an Angel

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
How to Meet an Angel 1998
Private Collection © Ilya and Emilia Kabakov
Photo Courtesy of the Artists

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Dates

18 October 2017 – 28 January 2018

Pricing

£13.30 FREE for Members

Adult £13.30 (£11.30 without donation)

Senior £12.30 (£10.30 without donation)

Concession £11 (£10 without donation)

Under 12s FREE (up to four per family adult)

Family tickets (two adults and two children 12–18 years) available by telephone or in the gallery

Uniqlo Tate Late Ticket Offers: See Ilya and Emilia Kabakov for £10, or get a combined ticket with Red Star Over Russia for just £16 for both exhibitions. Offer valid from 18.00 on Friday 24 November 2017 only

Visit two exhibitions and enjoy a drink in between with our combined ticket offers: 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Red Star Over Russia (from 8 November 2017) for £20

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov and Modigliani (from 23 November 2017) for £25 (bookable via the Modigliani exhibition page)

School groups must be booked in advance

Tickets can be booked up to 8 hours in advance online or up to 24 hours in advance by telephone on +44 (0)20 7887 8888

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Members Hours: Iyla and Emilia Kabakov

25 Nov 2017, 26 Nov 2017, 2 Dec 2017, 3 Dec 2017

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Members Private View: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

28 Nov 2017

For Members with the London Private View Pass only​

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Curator's Tour: Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

11 Dec 2017

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Artist

Ilya Kabakov

born 1933
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Installation art

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Exhibition catalogue

Celebrating five decades of artwork, from Ilya’s early projects to the collaborative work he and Emilia have created since 1987

£25

The Scene at the Square (poster)

Poster of Ilya and Emilia Kababov’s work, The Scene at the Square 2015

£10

Holiday #6 (poster)

Poster of Ilya and Emilia Kababov’s 1987 mixed media work, Holiday #6

£10