Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are amongst the most celebrated artists of their generation, widely known as pioneers of installation art.

Ilya Kabakov was born in 1933 in Dnepropetrovsk (now Dnipro) in Ukraine formerly part of the Soviet Union. When he was eight, he moved to Moscow with his mother. He studied at the Art School of Moscow, and at the V.I Surikov Art Institute.

Artists in the Soviet Union were obliged to follow the officially approved style, Socialist Realism. Wanting to retain his independence, Ilya supported himself as a children’s book illustrator from 1955 to 1987, while continuing to make his own paintings and drawings. As an ‘unofficial artist’, he worked in the privacy of his Moscow attic studio, showing his art only to a close circle of artists and intellectuals.

Ilya was not permitted to travel outside the Soviet Union until 1987, when he was offered a fellowship at the Graz Kunstverein, Austria. The following year he visited New York and resumed contact with Emilia Lekach. Born in 1945, Emilia trained as a classical pianist at Music College in Irkutsk, and studied Spanish Language and Literature at Moscow University before emigrating to the United States in 1973. Ilya and Emilia began their artistic partnership in the late 1980s, and were married in 1992. Together, they have produced a profile output of immersive installations and other conceptual works addressing ideas of utopia, dreams and fear, to reflect on the universal human condition.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have collaborated together since 1989.



Award for Excellence in the Arts, The Appraisers Association of America, New York (April 2015)



Commandeur de l'ordre des arts et des lettres, Ministry of Culture, France

Gold Medal for Achievements in Arts, The National Arts CLub, New York



Medals for Life Achievements in Art, Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia



Louise Blouin Foundation Award, presented at The Louise Blouin Creative Leadership Summit, October 15

The Hermitage Society Award, New York, USA

Innovation Prize, Moscow, Russia



Cartier Prize from Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland



Praemium Imperiale, Japan (from the Japan Art Association),
The Orden of Frendship, The President of Russian Federation, Russia

Honorary Academics of Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia



Doctor of Philosophiae Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate in Philosohpy), University of Sorbonne, Paris, France



Oskar Kokoschka Preis, Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Vienna, Austria



The Kaiserring Träger, Stadt Goslar



Art Critic Association Award, New York



The Chevalier of Fine Arts Medal, Ministry of Culture, Paris



The Max Beckmann Prize, Frankfurt

The Joseph Beuys Prize, Joseph Beuys Foundation, Basel

Venice Biennial, Honorary Diploma, Italy



The Arthur Kopcke Award, Kopcke Foundation, Copenhagen



The Ludwig Prize, Friends of the Museum of Ludwig, Aachen



DAAD Fellowship, Berlin

Solo exhibitions


El Lissitski - Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Utopia & Reality, Kunsthaus, Graz, Austria

The City, Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris, France 

Pace Gallery, London, England

Ilya Kabakov in Swiss Private collection, Kunsthauz, Zug, Switzerland

Angeologia, Antiguo Colegio de San Ildefonso Museum, Mexico City, Mexico



The Ship of Tolerance with Garage and The City of Moscow, Moscow, Gorky Park 

The Ship Of Tolerance, Dumbo, New York, USA

El Lissitski_Ilya& Emilia Kabakov, Multimedia Museum, Moscow

The Red October Factory, Moscow, Russia

Museum Sztuki Wspotczesnej MOCAK, Krakau, Poland

Pace Gallery, New York, USA 

Two Mountains, Sprovieri Gallery, London, Great Britain
The Happiest Man, Ambika P3, London, Great Britain



Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Retrospective, Sprengel Museum Hannover. Hannover, Germany. 

Galleria Lia Rumma. Milan, Italy.

The Henie Onstad Art Centre. Høvikodden, Norway. 

Kiev International Biennale. Kiev, Ukraine.

Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli. Porto Alegre, Brazil. 

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov - El Lissitsky, Vanabbemuseum, Eindhoven, Holland


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Center of Cosmic Energy, Galerie Brigitte Schenk. Cologne, Germany.

HEMPHILL Fine Arts. Washington, D.C.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: I Don't Know, Galeri Artist. Berlin, Germany. October 6-November 9, 2011.


Décor for Peter Eötvös’s Opera, The Tragedy of the Devil, National Theatre, Munich, Germany

The Blue Carpet, MACRO Museo di Arte Contemporanea. Rome, Italy.

The Flying Paintings, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac. Paris, France. March

The Flying Paintings, Sprovieri Gallery. London, United Kingdom.

Ilya Kabakov - Orbis Pictus: Der Kinderbuchillustrator als eine soziale Figur, Kunsthaus Zug. Zug, Switzerland.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: The Canon, Kewenig Galerie. Cologne, Germany.

The Printer's Mistake, The State Hermitage Museum. St. Petersburg, Russia.



Entre Libre - Ilya Kabakov: 52 entretiens dans la cuisine communautaire, Galerie du Dourven. Trédrez-Locquémeau, Domaine due Douvren, France.

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Galleria Continua. San Gimignano, Italy.

Galleria Continua. Le Moulin, France.



The Canon, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg

Travelling Show, Japan - Children’s Books and Drawings. By Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.

The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama , Kanagaua

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima

The Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo

Ashikaga City Museum, Gunma.

2 Hokkaido Prefecture Museum



Atlas Sztuki: Lodz, Poland; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Deweer Gallery: Belgium; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Reykjavik Art Museum: Iceland; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Sean Kelly Gallery; N.Y., USA.; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Michail Kewenig Gallery; Koln, Germany; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Galerie Brigitte Schenk; Koln, Germany; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Thaddeus Ropac Gallery; Paris, France; by Illya and Emilia Kabakov

Versicherungskammer Bayern; Munich, Germany- The Theatrical projects by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Kunsthaus Zug:  Zug ,Switzerland- The Utopian City by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Musée Les Abbatoirs: Toulouse, France- Installation Where Is Our Place? by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Nicolaj Art Center: Copenhagen, Denmark- 200 Years Since H.C. Andersen Birthday Installation.Morning, Evening, Night by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Serpentine Art Gallery: London, England – Installation The House of Dreams

Albion Gallery: London, England- The Utopian City and Other Projects



Niccolas Sprovieri Gallery: London, England- The White Cube

Siwa, Egypt: Installation/Performance: The Ship Of Siwa, with Egyptian Children

Art Cologne: Cologne, Germany- Brigitte Schenk Gallery. Installation Monument To Useless Things. Minoriten Galerien Graz: Graz, Austria- Steirischer Herbst 2005. Installation The Utopian City. Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Unrealizen Prijcts Utopische Archtecturen.



Mori Art Museum: Tokyo, Japan. Where Is Our Place? by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

The State Hermitage Museum: St. Petersburg, Russia. Organized by Guggenheim Foundation Museum, NY, NY. 

Incident in the Museum and Other Installations

Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art: Clevelnd, Ohio. The Teacher and the Student, Charles Rosenthal and Ilya Kabakov.

Kunsthalle Bielefeld: Bielefeld, Germany- The Utopian City and Other Projects

MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art: Rome, Italy- Where Is Our Place?



Fondazione Querini Stampalia: Venice, Italy.  50th Venice Biennial. Where Is Our Place? by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

 Traveling to Mori Art Museum, Tokyo and Museo Nazionale delle Art del XXI Secolo, Rome, Italy.



Kunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany:  Universal System of Depicting Everything

The Chinati Foundation: Marfa, Texas.  Ilya Kabakov Children’s Books and Related Drawings



Columbus Museum of Art: Columbus, Ohio: 20 Ways to Get an Apple, Listening to the Music of Mozart.  With Emilia Kabakov



“The Palace of Projects”, by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Armory, New York, organized by the Public Art Fund

“Ilya Kabakov: 1968-1998”, Center for Cultural Studies, Bard College, New York

“Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000”, Australia, Sydney

“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Monument to a Lost Civilization”, Art Museum, University of South Australia, Adelaide

“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Monument to a Lost Civilization”, Center for Contemporary Art, New Zealand

“The Red Wagon”, Wiesbaden Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany

“The Arriving Archieve”, Galerie der Stadt Bachnang, Germany

Ilya Kabakov Retrospective, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

“Ilya Kabakov. Zeichnungen”, Sprengelmuseum Hannover

“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Monument to a Lost Civilization”, Cantieri Della Zisa, Palermo, Italy

“The Boat of my Life”, Duke University Museum

“The Old Library”, University of  Amsterdam

“The Life & Creativity of Charles Rosenthal”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Mito, Japan



Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium, “A Meeting: Jan Fabre and Ilya Kabakov”

Kunsthalle, Bremen, “The Metaphysical Man,” permanent installation

The Roundhouse, London, “The Palace of Projects,” Ilya and Emilia Kabakov traveling to Manchester, Upper Campfield Market, and the Crystal Palace, Reina Sofia, Madrid (catalogue)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, “The Collector”

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium, “16 Installations” (catalogue)

Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, “Treatment with Memories” (catalogue)

University of Champaign, Illinois (catalogue)

Moenchehaus Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Goeslar, Germany, “My Grandfather’s Shed,” permanent installation

Manez & Soros Center, “Ilya Kabakov in Moscow” exhibtition and symposium

Stadtgallery, Heerlen, The Netherlands, “Retrospective of Drawings and Albums,” traveling to Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany



Galerie Weisses Schloss, Zürich, Switzerland, “It Happens Tomorrow”



Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, “The Reading Room,”

Cap Street Project, San Francisco, “The Hospital: Five Confessions”

Hochhaus zur Palme, Zürich, “The fallen Chandellier”, permanent installation

Satani Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “The Artist’s Library”

Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, “The Life of Flies”

Public Art Fund New York,  “Monument to the Lost Glove”

Moderna Galeria, Ljubljana, “Twenty Ways of Getting an Apple listening to Mozart’s music” (catalogue)



Deichtorhallen Hamburg, Germany, “The Reading Room,” Retrospective (catalogue)

Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussels, Belgium, “On The Roof” (book)

Installation “Voices Behind the Door” (book)

Thea Westreich in collaboration with Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York “Books: A Retrospective with Drawings”

Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, “The World of Ilya Kabakov”

Landeskulturzentrum, Salzau, Kiel, Germany, “Music on the Water,” permanent installation, music by V. Tarasov (book)

Kulturhus Copenhagen, “Ilya Kabakov, Storyteller”



Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France, “C’est ici que nous vivons/We are living here” (book) “Installations 1983- 1995”

Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany, “The Boat of My Life. Unrealized Projects” (catalogue)

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris, France, “Le Collectioneur,” Installation (catalogue)

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “The School Library”

Kunstmuseum, Basel, “Ilya Kabakov. The sea of voices” (catalogue)

MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria, “No Water,” permanent installation

Museet For Samtidskunst, Oslo “The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away”, permanent installation



Art Center, Ohio, “Album of my Mother”

Art Center Reykjavic, “Unrealized Projects”

Jablonka Galerie, Cologne, Germany, “Ilya Kabakov: In the Apartment of Nicolai Victorovich”

Center for Contemporary Art, Warsaw, Poland, “Ilya Kabakov and Joseph Kosuth: The corridor of Two Banalities” (catalogue)

Le Magasin Grenoble, “Album of my Mother” (catalogue)

Barbara Weiss Gallery, Berlin, Germany, “Artist’s Despair or Conspiracy of Untalented”

The Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland, “Ilya Kabakov: Operation Room (Mother and Son),” (catalogue) “Five Albums”



Kunsthalle, Hamburg, Germany, “NOMA (Moscow Conceptual Circle installation)” (book)

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands “Ilya Kabakov -The Big Archive” (catalogue)

Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria, “The Boat of My Life”

Staatliche Hochschule fur Bildende Kunste-Stadelschule-, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, "The Empty Museum”



Kanaal Art Foundation, Belgium, “Illustration as a way to survive”

Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium, “In Memory of Pleasant Recollections” (catalogue) Galleria Sprovieri, Rome, Italy, “Ilya Kabakov” (catalogue)

RFFA, New York,  “Incident at the Museum or Water Music” , music by Vladimir Tarasov,

(travelling exhibition)

Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris, France, “On the Communal Kitchen, New Documents” (book)

Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, “Life of Flies” (book)

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion, Illinois, “He Lost His Mind, Undressed, Ran Away Naked”



Ateliers Municipaux d’Artistes, Marseille, Paris “52 Entretiens dans la Cuisine Communitaire,” Dialogue with Yuri Kuper, (traveled to Halle d’Art Contemporain, La Criee, Rennes, France) (catalogue)

The Power Plant, Toronto, Canada, “Ilya Kabakov (3 inst. from Ten Characters)” (catalogue)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano

Peter Pakesch Gallery, Vienna, Austria, “The Targets”

Wewerka and Weiss Galerie, Berlin, Germany, “My Motherland/The Flies” (catalogue)

Dresden Bank, Frankfurt, Germany, “Ripped Off Landscape,” permanent installation



Neue Galerie of Museum Ludwig, Aachen, Germany, “The Ship”

Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel, Germany, “Seven Exhibitions of one Painting” (catalogue)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., "Ten Characters” (catalogue)

Fred Hoffman Gallery, Santa Monica, CA, “The Rope of Life & Other Installations” (catalogue)

RFFA, New York,  “He Lost His Mind, Undressed, Ran Away Naked”



Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, “Who Are These Little Men?”

Kunsthalle, Zurich, “Communal Apartment - The Ship” (catalogue)

DAAD-Galerie, Berlin, Germany, “Exhibition of a Book” (catalogue)

Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England “The Untalented Artist and Other Characters” (catalogue)

Riverside Studios, London, England, “Ten Albums: Ten Characters”

Universität Sarrbrücken, “Two Albums”

The Genja Schreiber University Art Gallery, Tel Aviv, “The Beautiful 60s in Moscow”

Galerie de France, Paris, “Who Are These Little Men?” (catalogue)



Portikus, Frankfurt, Germany, “Ten Albums” (catalogue)

Kunstverein, Graz, Austria, “Before Supper” (catalogue)

Neue Galerie, Schlossli Gotzental, Dierikon, Switzerland, (with V. Pivovarov)

Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (with E. Bulatov)

RFFA, New York, “Ten Characters”



Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Basel, Switzerland, (with I. Tschuikov), “The 60s-70s”



Neue Galerie, Schlossli Gotzental, Dierikon, Switzerland, “Concert for a Fly”



Kunsthalle, Bern, Switzerland, “Along the Margins,” catalogue, (traveled to Marseille, France; and Duesseldorf, Germany)

Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, France, “Kabakov” (catalogue)


Group exhibitions


The Myriad Forms of Visual Art: 196 Works with 19 Themes, National Museum of Art, Osaka, Japan



The Revolution is Dead-Long Live The Revolution: Social Realism and its Legacy, Kunstmuseum, Zurich

The Revolution is Dead –Long Live The Revolution:Russian Avangarde and it’s ConsequencesThe Centrum Paul Klee, Bern

The Interior and The Carpet, Pacific Design Center Los Angeles, California

Moving Is In Every Direction: Environments,Installations,Narrative SpacesHamburger Banhof-Museum Fur Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany



La Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, Lugano Arte e Cultura (LAC), Lugano, Switzerland.



Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France

Glasstress 2015 Gotika, Palazzo Franchetti / Istituto Veneto di Scienze, Lettere e Arti, Venice Biennial 2015, Venice, Italy

Outside The Lines  modernists drawings, The National Arts Club, New York, USA

Grammar of Freedom.Five Lessons/Installation 20 Ways to Get  An Apple", Garage Museum Of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia

Contemporaries of The Future. Jewish Artists of Russian Avantgarde 1910 -1980. Jewish Museum/ Museum of Tolerance,/ Moscow, Russia

The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

No Joke, Tanya Leighton Gallery, Berlin, Germany?



Eurasia. A view on painting, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris Pantin



Coup de Ville 2013, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium
Lost in Translation (curated by Antonio Guesa), Project by Moscow Museum of Modern Art (MMOMA) as part of the Collateral Events of the 55th International Art Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, Venice, Italy



Critique and Crisis. Art in Europe Since 1945, Deutsches Historisches Museum - Berlin. 

The Drawing Room, Deweer Gallery - Otegem, Belgium

Breaking The Ice: Moscow Art 1960-80s, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK 
Re-Opening, Deweer Gallery, Otegem, Belgium



1989. End of History or Beginning of the Future? Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria



Apex Art; N.Y., USA. – The difference between the cosmic and the cosmic in a single letter. February 22-April 1, 2006.

Blackwood Gallery; Ontorio, Canada – Everyday. Every Other Day. May 17-June 18, 2006.

Usla Fowler Museum; Los Angeles, USA – The Missing Peace. Artists Consider The Dalai Lama. June 11-September 10, 2006.

Athens Greece – The Grande Promenade. July 17-September 10, 2006.



FRAC Limousin: Limoges, France- L’Artiste Editeur. December 10, 2004- March 12, 2005

1st Moscow Biennale of Contemporary Art: Moscow, Russia.  Installation 16 Strings. January 28- Febraury 28, 2005.

Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art:  Universal Experience: Art, Life and the Tourist’s Eye.  Installation The Artist’s Despair. February 12- June 5, 2005.

The Hermitage Museum: St. Petersburg, Russia. Paintings For The Label (Labels for Mouton Chateau de Rothschild) Traveling to Pushkin Museum, Russia. Febrary 22- March 8, 2005

Palazzo Delle Arti: Napoli, Italy- The Giving Person/ il Dono Dell’ Artista. March 26- August 28, 2005

Museum Ludwig and Imhoff- Stollwerk Museum, Cologne, Germany- Art In Chocolate. March 2005

Califronia College of the Arts: San Francisco- Monument for the USA. April 7- May 14, 2005

Marta Herford Museum: Herford, Germany- My Private Heroes. May 7-August 21, 2005

Tate Modern: Londn, England- Open Systems: New Art in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Jun 1- August 29, 2005

East Art Museum: Hagen, Germany- east Art Map- A (Re) Construction of the History of Contemporary Art in Eastern Europe. September 10-November 13, 2005

Stiftung Archiv der Academie der Kunste: Berlin, Germany- Kunstler Archiv. June 18-August28, 2005

Kunstsammalungen: Chemitz, Germany- Interaction- Carl Friedrich Claus and International Art. July 24- November 9, 2005

Guggenheim Museum, NY- Russia. Installation The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment. September 2005. Catalogue.

KunstMuseum Basel/Museum fur Gegenwartskunst: Basel, Switzerland- Falshback: Revisiting the Art of the 1980’s (painting ‘Gastronom’) October 30- February 12, 2006

Art Cologne: Cologne, Germany- Mike Karstens Gallery- Three Artist’s Show: I. Kabakov-K. Polke-G. Richter. October 27- November 1, 2005



The Historical Museum: Moscow, Russia. Installation The Man Who Flew Into Space From His Apartment. April 6, 2004. Catalogue.

Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida- 7 Characters by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. October 23, 2004-September 7, 2005



Arsenale: Venice, Italy. 50th Venice Biennial: Utopia Station. Video: The Ideal City by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. June 15- September 7, 2003. Catalogue.



49th Venice Biennale: Arsenale, Italy- Plateau of Humanity. Installation Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into The Future, with Emilia Kabakov. June 9- October 9, 2001



“You can’t go home again: The Art of Exile”, Philadelphia Art Alliance

“Seeing isn’t believing”, The Lamons Gallery, Exeter, USA

“Stanze e secreti”, Rotonda della Besana, Milan, Italy, by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

“The Boat of my life”, Milwakee Museum of Art

“Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, The Monument to a lost Civilization”, Biennial of Sydney 2000, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art

“Rückblick und Ausblick”, Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany; Museum Moderner Kunst Stiftung Ludwig, Vienna

“Around 1984: A Look at Art in the 80s”, PS1, New York

“We were in Kyoto”, Museum of Contemporary Art, Montreal, Canada, permanent installation



“Get Together - Art as Teamwork”, Kunsthalle Vienna, Austria

“Heads over Heels into the Millenium”, Musée d’Art Contemporain, Montreal



“Global Conceptualism”,  Queens Museum of Fine Arts, New York

Whitechappel Art Gallery, London (travelling)

“Examining pictures : Exhibiting Art”, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

“You can not go home again: The Art of Exile”, Bartolomeo Museum and Art Center, Vermont

“Der Tag danach ...”, Theater der Welt 99, Festival, Berlin, with Christian Boltansky and Jean Kalman

“World Views: Maps and Art”, Frederick R Weismann Art Museum, University of Minesota, by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

“Monument to the lost Glove”, Les Champs de la Sculpture, Paris

“The empty Bottle”, Sultan’s Pool, Jerusalem, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

“Millenium Messages”, Hecksher Museum, Huntington, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov



Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg, “Ensemble Moderne: The Still life in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture”

Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden, “Wounds. Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art,” Inst. “The Man Who Flew into the Space”

Secession, Vienna, “A Century of Artistic Freedom. 100 Years of the Vienna Secession”

“The Edge of Awareness” , Geneva, New York, Sao Paolo, New Dehli, (catalogue)

Museum fuer Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt, “Change of Scene XIV,,” installations The Rope of Life and other Installations, and “10 Albums,” catalogue.

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, “Crossings /Traversées,” inst. “Two Windows”

Val d’Elsa, Tuscany, “Arte all’ Arte”

Het Hessenhuis, Antwerp, Belgium, “Goelag-Glasnost”

Hannover Muenden, “Wasserspueren”

Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo, “The promise of photography”

7 Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stuttgart, inst. “The Test of Destiny” and “Table-Painting”



Münster, Germany, “Sculpture of the 20th Century,” permanent installation “Looking at the Sky, Reading the Words” (catalogue)

The Henry Art Gallery, Seattle

The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, “The Whitney Biennial,” installation

“Treatment with Memories” (catalogue)

47th Biennial of Venice, “Future, Present, Past,” Venice, “We Were in Kyoto” (catalogue), Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

PS 1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, “My Grandfather’s Shed”

Comune di Venezia, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, “Artists for Sarajevo”

Martin Gropius Bau Berlin, “The Age of Modernism - Art in the 20th Century”

Robert Hull Floming Museum. Burlington, “Drawings transfigured: Works on paper from the Ludwig collections”

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Madraca Ibn Youssouf, Marrakesh “Meditations”



Förderkreis der Leipziger Galerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig

Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France, “Les péchés capitaux. La paresse”

Cirque d’hiver, Paris, “Le Cirque 96”

"G7 Summit,” Musée d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France, “The Monument to the Lost Glove,” Installation

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, “Mahnmal und Gedenkstätte der Opfer des Naziregimes in Osterreich 1938-1945”

Wewerka Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Cleveland Center for Contemporary Art, Ohio, “Urban Evidence. Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland”

Ciccilllo Matarazzo Pavilion, Bienal de Sao Paolo, Exhibition Universalis, Sao Paolo, Brazil

Frankfurt, “Zeil”

Israel Museum Jerusalem, “Judenplatz Wien 1996”

Limerick “EV+A96”

Rundentam, Copenhagen, “Strangers in the Arctic”, “The Tennis Game”



Recalde Art Space Bilbao, Spain

The Fourth International Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, “Orientation, The Vision of Art in a Paradoxical World”

Kwangju Biennale, Korea

Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University

Galerie nächst St. Stephan, Vienna, Austria, “Donald Judd and his friends”

International Art Festival, Rosamund Felsen Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

50th anniversary of United Nations Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland, “Dialogues of Peace", permanent installation

Lindenau Museum, Allenburg, Germany, “Kunst im Verborgenen”

Museum Moderner Kunst, Frankfurt

Haus der Kunst, Zurich, Switzerland, “Zeichen und Wunder (Signs and Wonder)”

Fondacio Antoni Tapies, Barcelona, Spain, “Els limits del museo (The End of the Museum)”

Biennale, Johannesburg, South Africa, “Africus”



Seoul International Art Festival, Seoul, Korea, 600 SIAF

Biennale, Melbourne, Australia, “Virtual Reality”

Kunsthalle Ritter Klagenfurt, Klagenfurt, Austria, “Do It”

Kulturhuset Stockholm, Sweden

Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, “Face Off: The Portrait in Recent Art”

Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium, “Ivan Chuikov, Ilya Kabakov, Vadim Zacharov”

Hammond Galleries, Lancaster, OH, “Personal Stories: A History of the Universe,” (Mother and Son installation)

Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen

Museum der Stadtentwasserung, Zurich, Switzerland, “Cloaca Maxima”

Kunst-und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn, Germany,

MAK, Austrian Museum of Applied Arts, Vienna, “Tyranny of Beauty-Architecture of the Stalinist Era,” (The Red Wagon installation)

Thread Waxing Space, New York, NY, “Don’t Look Now”

Madrid, Spain, “Toponymies. Eight Ideas of Space,” Fundacion “la Caixa” (catalogue)



Haus der Kunst Munich, Munich, Germany, “Widerstand-Denkbilder für die Zukunft" (My Mother’s Album II Labyrinth installation)

Lehman College Art Gallery, Bronx, NY, “Universalism and Particularism: The Russian World in Transition”

Kunsthalle, Cologne, Germany, “From Malevitch to Kabakov,” (Before Supper, The Red Pavillion Installations)

Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna, Austria, “The Language of Art”

The Rye Arts Center, Rye, NY, “From Chaos to Creation: Russian Art 1971-1992”

Institute for Contemporary Art, New York

Kunstverein Frankfurt “Die Sprache der Kunst”

Biennale d’Art Contemporain, Lyon, France, “Et Tous Ils Changent Le Monde,”

Expo 93 Tejon, “Recycling through art”

Centre International d’Art Contemparain Montreal (travelling)

Venice Biennale

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, “Drawing the Line Against AIDS” (catalogue)

RFFA, New York

The Jewish Museum, New York, NY, “From the Inside Out: Eight Contemporary Artists,” (installation My Mother’s Album) (catalogue)

Museé de la Poste, Paris, France, “Adresse Provisoire Pour l’art Contemporain Russe,” (White Cube installation) (catalogue)

Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “Het Depot”

Domaine de Kerguehennec, Centre d’Art Contemporain, France, “The End of Empire or the Experiments of Visual Poetry”

Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent, “Rendez (-) Vous,” (installation Unfinished Installation), (catalogue)

Le Magasin, Centre National d’art contemprain, Grenoble

Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark, “At the Edge of Chaos: New Images of the World,” (installation My Mother’s Album II Labyrinth) (catalogue)

Galerie Bolag, Zurich, Switzerland, Drawings by the Artists in “Documenta X”



Akademie der Bildende Kunste, Vienna, Austria, “About Painting-Encounter with History" Groninger Museum, Groningen, The Netherlands, “EX USSR: Seven Artists from Russia”

Kassel, Germany, “Documenta IX,” (installation The Toilet) (catalogue)

Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA, “Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art”

Villa Campolieto, Ercolano, Italy, “A Mosca...A Mosca” (catalogue)

Expo ’92, permanent installation “Blue Dish” Sevilla, Spain

The X-Art Foundation and Blast, New York, NY, “Blast Art Benefit” (catalogue)

American Fine Arts, Co., New York, NY, “Just Pathetic,” (In the Corner installation)

Butirskajo Jail, Moscow



Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick, NJ, “New Directions”

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “Wanderlieder”

Art Fair Montreal

Grosse Orangerie Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin, Germany, “Weightless”

Kunsthalle, Düsseldorf, Germany, “Soviet Art Around 1990” (catalogue), (travelled to


Henry DeFord III Gallery, Long Island City, NY, “Zero Gravity”

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA, “Carnegie International,” (We Are Leaving Here Forever installation) (catalogue)

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY, “Dislocations,” Installation “The Bridge” (catalogue)

FIAC Paris, France

Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PN, “Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties", (traveled to Newport Beach, CA)

Rooseum Center for Contemporary Art, Malmo, Sweden, “TRANS/Mission” (catalogue)

Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan, “Art on Edge” (catalogue)

Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle, WA, “In Public: Seattle 1991,” (The Rope of Life, Children’s Books installation)

Kunstverein Hannover, Hannover, Germany, “Kunst, Europa: Sowjetunion”

Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan, “Soviet Contemporary Art: From Thaw to Perestroika” (catalogue)

Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela, Spain, “Contemporary Soviet Art ” (catalogue)

Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Germany

Karmeliter Kloster Frankfurt, Germany

The Bible Society, Frankfurt, Germany, “Paintings from the Bible,” (traveled to Iserlohn, Germany)

University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu, HI, “Perspectives of Conceptualism”

La Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris, France, “50 Artistes Pour Le 25eme Anniversaire” (catalogue)

ttgenstein:The Play of the Unsayable” (catalogue)



The New Museum, New York, NY, “Rhetorical Image” (catalogue)

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH, “The Quest for Self Expression: Painting in Moscow and Leningrad 1965-1990”

Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, “In the U.S.S.R. and Beyond” (catalogue)

Orchard Gallery, Derry, Ireland

DAAD-Galerie, Berlin, Germany, “At Last, Freedom” (catalogue)

Seoul Art Festival, Seoul, South Korea, “Works on Hanji Paper” (catalogue)

FIAC Paris, France

Alpha Cubic Gallery, Tokyo, Japan, “Soviet Contemporary Art 1990” (catalogue)

Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT, “Adaptation & Negation of Socalist Realism” (catalogue)

Sydney, Australia, “Sydney Biennale 1990” (catalogue)



Exit Art, New York, NY, “The Green Show”

Art Contemporain ELAC, Lyon, France, “The Ship”

Wiener Seccession, Vienna, Austria

Sigmund Freud Haus, Vienna, Austria, “Kosuth’s Show”

MNAM Paris, France

First Gallery, Moscow, Russia, “Foto in Painting”

South East Massachusetts University, N. Dartmouth, MA, “Post Utopia: Paintings and Installations by Soviet Conceptualists: Bulatov, Kabakov, Komar & Melamid” (catalogue)



Tel Aviv Museum, Israel

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy

Bern Kunstmuseum, Bern, Switzerland, “Ich Lebe, Ich Sehe: Künstler der Achtziger Jahre in Moskau” (catalogue)

Arco 88, Madrid, Spain



FIAC/Galérie de France, Paris, France, “Selections From the Kniga Collection”



Palais Attems, Graz, Austria “Steirischer Herbst”



Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung der Universität Bielefeld



State Museum of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia, “Photograph and Art”



28 Malaja Gruzinskaja, Moscow. Graphics exhibit



One-evening exhibition at the Soviet Artists’ Union, Artist’s Club, Zholtovskij Street, Moscow

Gorky Galleries, Paris, France, “Contemporary Russian Painting 1971-1981”



CASE Museum of Soviet Unofficial Art, Jersey City

Villedieu Cultural Center, “New Trends in Unofficial Russian Art 1970-1980”

Soho International Art Center New York, NY, “Russian New Wave”



Bochum Museum, Bochum, Germany, “Twenty Years of Independent Art from the Soviet Union”

St.Mary’s College, Washington D.C., “New Art from the Soviet Union: An Exhibition of Nonconformist Art from the 1960s and 1970s” (catalogue)

28 Malaja Gruzinskaja, Moscow, “Light, Form, Space” (catalogue)

Mart Gallery, Rockenberg, “The Square’s Fourth Dimension”



Saarland Museum, Saarbruecken, Germany, “Russian Nonconformist Painting”

Palazzo Reale, Turin, Italy, “New Soviet Art”

Lodi, “Aspects and Documentation of Nonconformist Artists from the Soviet Union”

Bellinzona, Switzerland, “New Unofficial Soviet Art”



Institute of Contemporary Art, London, England, “Unofficial Russian Painting”

Venice Biennale, Venice, Italy, “New Soviet Art, An Unofficial Perspective”

The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, “New Art from the Soviet Union”



Palais of Congress, Paris, France, “Contemporary Russian Painting”

Montgeron, France, “Russian Museum in Exile”



Christian Brandstatter Gallery, Vienna, “Seven from Moscow”



Bochum Museum, Freiburg, “Progressive Tendencies in Moscow (1957-1970)”



Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, France, “Russian Avant-garde: Moscow-73”



Gmurzynska Gallery, Cologne, W. Germany, “Today’s Russian Avant-garde in Moscow”

R. Ziegler Gallery, Zurich, Switzerland, “Six Soviet Artists”



Pananti Gallery, Florence, Italy, “The New Moscow School”

Behr Gallery, Stuttgart and Interior Gallery, Frankfurt, West Germany, “Moscow’s New School”



Moscow, Exhibition with E. Bulatov in the “Blue Bird Cafe”



The Renzo Botti Art Group, Cremona, Italy, “Young Moscow Artists”

Segno Gallery, Rome, Italy, “Fifteen Young Moscow Painters”



Sopot Poznan, Poland, “Sixteen Moscow Artists”



Castello Spagnolo, L’Aquila, Italy, “Contemporary Alternatives/2”



Public and private collections


Grazer Kunstverein, Graz, Austria



Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent 

Museum voor Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen, Antwerp 



Kiasma, Helsinki



Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris


Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg

Ludwig Museum, Cologne



National Museum of Contemporary Art, Athens



Centro per l’Arte Contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato 

Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Trento



Kistefos Museum, Jevnaker


RUSSIA, Moscow 

National Centre for Contemporary Arts, Moscow 

State Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow 


Moderna Galerija Ljubljana, Ljubljana 



Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel


Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Chinata Foundation, Marfa, TX

David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Providence, RI

Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA

Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University, Brunswick, NJ

Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY

National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C. 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, USA 



Tate Britain, London