Conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov died – DW – 05/28/2023

Conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov died – DW – 05/28/2023

2023-05-28 08:01:00

Outstanding conceptual artist Ilya Kabakov died on Saturday, May 27, at the age of 89, the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Foundation reported. “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Ilya Kabakov, a great artist, philosopher, beloved husband, dear father and adored grandfather. He left this world surrounded by his loved ones, before his 90th birthday,” the foundation said in a statement. social networks Facebook.

The report notes that the funeral will be held in a narrow family circle, and a memorial service will be organized a few weeks later, which everyone can attend.

The most successful contemporary artist from the former USSR

Ilya Kabakov is the world’s most successful contemporary artist from the former USSR. He is also called the main Russian artist of the last third of the 20th century. Kabakov was born in 1933 in Dnepropetrovsk (now Dnepr), worked in Moscow for 30 years, moved to Berlin in 1989, and then to the United States, where he received American citizenship.

Kabakov began as an illustrator of children’s books, but then began to devote more and more time to original work, which contradicted the official Soviet canons. He was called one of the main figures of Moscow conceptualism, the inventor of the original genre – “total installation”. From the 1960s, Kabakov exhibited in the West, and in 1988 his works were sold at the first Sotheby`s auction in Moscow “Russian avant-garde and contemporary Soviet art”.

Painting by Ilya Kabakov “Beetle” in 2008 became the most expensive of the sold works of contemporary Russian art. It was sold for $5.8 million.

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