Lot 106
  • 106

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov

2,000 - 3,000 GBP
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  • Ilya & Emilia Kabakov
  • Palace of Projects

  • signed, dated 2003 and numbered A.P

  • offset lithograph with collage

  • 120 by 160cm.; 47 1/4 by 63in.
  • Executed in 2003, this work is an artist's proof aside from an edition of 30.

Catalogue Note

In 1989 the ICA presented the exhibition Ilya Kabakov: The Untalented Artist and Other Characters. The show included ten installations, each one showing the habitat of a fictional character in an apartment block. Ilya and Emilia Kabakov donated work to the ICA's auction in 1990, and in 2004 selected a work by Donald Judd as their contribution to the exhibition Artists' Favourites.

For the ICA's 60th anniversary auction the Kabakovs have donated
Palace of Projects, 2003, a print with models collaged onto its surface. The work shows detailed studies for the original Palace of Projects, 1998, commissioned by Artangel for the Roundhouse in London. The latter was a spiralling structure, 40 feet high, constructed of a wooden frame and fabric, which housed an archive of projects created by fictional Soviet citizens, including models, paintings and writings that proposed utopian remedies for the challenges of daily life.

"Non-profit institutions, like the ICA, are extremely important for the artist and for the viewer, especially today in our money-oriented society. The artist can do something without pressure and the public can look at the work from an aesthetic and cultural point, without thinking about the price tag. It's a great venue for young artists, and for new and experimental art. We did a lot of exhibitions at institutions
like this – starting, by the way, with the ICA London"
(Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, 2008)