Kabakov Ilya

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Ilya Kabakov / Илья Иосифович Кабаков (1933) 

Ilya Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artist that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. While his work is deeply rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which the Kabakovs came of age, his work still attains a universal significance.

Ilya Kabakov was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1933. He studied at the VA Surikov Art Academy in Moscow, and began his career as a children's book illustrator during the 1950's. He was part of a group of Conceptual artists in Moscow who worked outside the official Soviet art system. In 1985 he received his first solo show exhibition at Dina Vierny Gallery, Paris, and he moved to the West two years later taking up a six months residency at Kunstverein Graz, Austria. In 1988 Kabakov began working with his future wife Emilia (they were to be married in 1992). From this point onwards, all their work was collaborative, in different proportions according to the specific project involved. Today Kabakov is recognized as the most important Russian artist to have emerged in the late 20th century. His installations speak as much about conditions in post-Stalinist Russia as they do about the human condition universally.

2015      Award For Excellence in Arts, Appraisers Association of America,Inc., New York, USA

2014      Commandeur De L'Ordre Des Arts Et Des Lettres,Ministery de la Culture, France

2014      Gold Medal For Achievements in Art, The National Art Club, New York, USA

2013      Medals for Life Achievements in Art, Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia

2011      Innovation Prize, Moscow, Russia

2011      Louise Blouin Foundation Award ,presented at The Louise Blouin Creative Leadership Summit,October 15 ,2011     

2010      Cartier Prize from Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2008     The  Praemium Imperiale, Japan, The Japan Art Association/The Orden of Friendship,
                     The President of Russian Federation,Russia

2008      Honorary Academics of Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia

2007      Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa, Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy, University  of Sorbonne, Paris, France

2002      Oskar Kokoschka Preis, Bundesministerium für Bildung, Wissenschaft und Kultur, Vienna - Austria.

2000      Doctor Philosophiae Honoris Causa (Honorary Doctorate in Philosophy), University of Bern, Bern - Switzerland

1998       Kaiserring der Stadt Goslar, Goslar - Germany.

1997       AICA Best Show Award (Best Installation in a Gallery, Museum or Specific Site for “The Life of Flies”
                     at Gladstone Gallery, International Art Critic Association, New York/NY – U.S.A.

1995      Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, Ministère de la Culture et de la Francophonie, Paris - France.

1993      Honorary Diploma, Biennale di Venezia, Venice - Italy.

1993      Joseph Beuys-Preis, Joseph Beuys Foundation, Basel - Switzerland.

1993      Max Beckmann-Preis der Stadt Frankfurt am Main, Frankfurt am Main - Germany.

1992      Arthur Köpcke Award, Köpcke Foundation, Copenhagen – Denmark.

1990      Kunstpreis Aachen, Freunde des Ludwig Forums fur Internationale Kunst, Aachen, Germany

1989      DAAD Fellowship, Artists-in-Residence Programme of the German Academic Exchange Service, Berlin – Germany.


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