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Ilya and Emilia Kabakov are Russian-born, American-based artists that collaborate on environments which fuse elements of the everyday with those of the conceptual. While their work is deeply rooted in the Soviet social and cultural context in which the Kabakovs came of age, their 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 1950s. 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.

Emilia Kabakov (born Lekach) was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Soviet Union, in 1945. She attended the Music College in Irkutsk in addition to studying Spanish language and literature at the Moscow University. She immigrated to Israel in 1973, and moved to New York in 1975, where she worked as a curator and art dealer. Emilia has worked side by side with Ilya since 1989.

Their work has been shown in such venues as the Museum of Modern Art, the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Documenta IX, Whitney Biennial in 1997 and the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg among others. In 1993 they represented Russia at the 45th Venice Biennale with their installation The Red Pavilion. The Kabakovs have also completed many important public commissions throughout Europe and have received a number of honors and awards, including the Oscar Kokoschka Preis, Vienna, in 2002 and the Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres, Paris, in 1995.

Selected Solo Exhibitions


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Not everybody Will Be Taken Into The Future, The Hermitage State Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov. Not everybody Will Be Taken Into The Future, Tate Modern, London, UK

The Ship of Tolerance, Art, Action, Change and the Totally Thames Festival, London, UK

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Public Project, Serpentine Gallery, London, UK


To The Hermitage, St.Petersburg, & The Tretjakov Gallery, Moscow, Russia

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov: Not Everybody Will be Taken Into The Future, traveling retrospective TATE MODERN, London, UK

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The Utopian Projects, Hirshhorn Museum, Washington, DC, USA


The LongHouse Reserve, Hamptons, L.I, USA, The Arch Of Life, The LongHouse Reserve, Hamptons, L.I, USA

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

The Kabakovs and the Avant-Gardes, La Collezione Giancarlo e Danna Olgiati, LAC, Lugano, Switzerland

The Ship Of Tolerance, Zug, Switzerland


The Dream City , The Power Plant Museum, Shanghai, China

Art Appraisers Association of America, Honoring Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, New York, USA

The Arch of Life (Permanent Sculpture), Echigo Tsumari Art Triennale, Niigata, Japan


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

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

Ilya&Emilia Kabakov, Pace Gallery, London, UK

The Strange City, Monumenta, Grand Palais, Paris, France 

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


The Happiest Man, Ambika P3, London, UK

Two Mountains, Sprovieri Gallery, London, Great Britain

Pace Gallery, New York, USA 

Museum Sztuki Wspotczesnej MOCAK, Krakau, Poland

The Red October Factory, Moscow, Russia 

El Lissitski - Ilya& Emilia Kabakov, Multimedia Museum, Moscow, Russia

The Ship Of Tolerance, Dumbo, New York, USA

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


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

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

Kiev International Biennale, Kiev, Ukraine 

The Henie Onstad Art Centre, Høvikodden, Norway

Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy

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


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: I Don't Know, Galeri Artist. Berlin, Germany

HEMPHILL Fine Arts. Washington, D.C , USA                                                                          

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


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

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

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

The Flying Paintings, Sprovieri Gallery. London, United Kingdom 

The Flying Paintings, Galerie Thaddeus Ropac, Paris, France

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

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


Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Galleria Continua. San Gimignano, Italy; Galleria Continua. Le Moulin, France

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


Children’s Books and Drawings, The Museum of Modern Art, Hayama , Kanagaua
; Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, Hiroshima; 
The Setagaya Art Museum, Tokyo; Ashikaga City Museum, Gunma; Hokkaido Prefecture Museum, Traveling Show, Japan

The Canon, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Salzburg


The Utopian City and Other ProjectsAlbion Gallery, London, UK

The House of DreamsSerpentine Gallery, London, UK

Morning, Evening, Night200 Years Since H.C. Andersen Birthday, Nicolaj Art Center, Copenhagen, Denmark

Where Is Our Place?, Musée Les Abattoirs, Toulouse, France

The Utopian CityKunsthaus Zug, Zug, Switzerland

The Theatrical projectsVersicherungskammer Bayern, Munich, Germany

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

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

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

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

Reykjavik Art Museum: Iceland; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov 

Deweer Gallery: Belgium; by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

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


Steirischer Herbst 2005. Installation The Utopian City. Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Unrealizen Prijcts Utopische Archtecturen

Installation Monument To Useless Things. Minoriten Galerien Graz: Graz, Austria

Art Cologne: Cologne, Germany- Brigitte Schenk Gallery 

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

Niccolas Sprovieri Gallery: London, England- The White Cube


The Utopian City and Other Project, 
MAXXI Museum of Contemporary Art: Rome, Italy- Where Is Our Place

The Teacher and the Student, Charles Rosenthal and Ilya Kabakov

Incident in the Museum and Other Installations
, Cleveland Museum of Contemporary Art: Clevelnd, Ohio, USA

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

Mori Art Museum: Tokyo, Japan. 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

50th Venice Biennial. Where Is Our Place? by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Fondazione Querini Stampalia: Venice, Italy  


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

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


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


Ilya Kabakov Retrospective, Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland

The Arriving Archieve, Galerie der Stadt Bachnang, Germany

The Red Wagon, Wiesbaden Museum of Contemporary Art, Germany

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

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

Telstra Adelaide Festival 2000, Sydney, Australia   

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

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


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

The Old Library, University of Amsterdam
, Holland

The Boat of my Life, Duke University Museum
 , North Carolina, USA

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

Ilya Kabakov. Zeichnungen, Sprengelmuseum Hannover, Germany

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac
, Paris, France 


A Meeting: Jan Fabre and Ilya Kabakov, 
Kunsthalle, Bremen 

Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium 

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

Ilya Kabakov in Moscow, exhibtition and symposium

Treatment with Memories, (catalogue)
 University of Champaign, Illinois, USA 

Treatment with Memories, (catalogue)
 University of Champaign, Illinois, USA (catalogue)

16 Installations, (catalogue) 
Nationalgalerie im Hamburger Bahnhof, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin

The Collector
, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Antwerp, Belgium

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Salzburg    

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


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

Monument to the Lost Glove, Public Art Fund New York, USA

The Life of Flies, Barbara Gladstone Gallery, New York, USA

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

The fallen Chandellier, Hochhaus zur Palme, Zürich, Switzerland, permanent installation

The Hospital: Five Confessions, Cap Street Project, San Francisco, USA

The Reading Room, Guild Hall Museum, East Hampton, USA

It Happens Tomorrow, Galerie Weisses Schloss, Zürich, Switzerland


Ilya Kabakov, Storyteller, Kulturhus Copenhagen, Denmark

The World of Ilya Kabakov, Landeskulturzentrum, Salzau, Kiel, Germany

Installation “Voices Behind the Door” (book)

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

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


Ilya Kabakov. The sea of voices, (catalogue)
 MAK Museum, Vienna, Austria

The School Library,
 Kunstmuseum, Basel, Switzerland

Le Collectioneur, Installation (catalogue)
 Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam

The Boat of My Life. Unrealized Projects, (catalogue)
 Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris

Installations 1983- 1995,
 Festspielhaus Hellerau, Dresden, Germany

C’est ici que nous vivons/We are living here, Centre G. Pompidou, Paris, France,  (book)


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

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

Album of my Mother, Le Magasin, Grenoble, France, (catalogue)

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

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

Unrealized Projects, Art Center Reykjavic, Reykjavic, Iceland

Album of my Mother, Art Center, Ohio


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

The Boat of My Life, Kunstverein, Salzburg, Austria

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

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


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

Life of Flies, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Köln, Germany, (book)

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

Incident at the Museum or Water Music, RFFA, New York, music by Vladimir Tarasov, (travelling exhibition)

Ilya Kabakov, Galleria Sprovieri, Rome, Italy (catalogue)

In Memory of Pleasant Recollections, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem, Belgium (catalogue)

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


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

The Targets, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano, Japan

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

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


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

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

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

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

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


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

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

Two Albums, Universität Sarrbrücken, Germany

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

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

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

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

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


Ten Characters, RFFA, New York, USA

Kunstverein, Bonn, Germany (with E. Bulatov)

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

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

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


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


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


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

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

Selected Group Exhibitions


Avatars. The artist and his double, Médiathèque des Abattoirs, Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain, Toulouse, France


The Future of History, Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland

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

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

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

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

Space Age, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Pantin, France


Dreaming and flying. Ilya Kabakv for children, Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany

El lisitski-Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.Utopia or Reality, Kanstahus, Graz, Austria

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. The strange City, Monumenta, the Grand Palais, Paris, France

Paintings, Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery, Paris, France

Paintings about the sun, Thaddeus Ropac Gallery, Villa Kast, Salzburg, Austria

Angelology, Antiguo Collegio de San Ildefonso Museum and Galeria Nina Menocal, Mexico City, Mexico

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


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

Coup de Ville 2013, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium


A Return to Painting. Paintings by Ilya Kabakov 1961-2011, Sprengel Museum Hannover, Germany

Galleria Lia Rumma, Milan, Italy

The Henie Onstad Art Centre. Hovikodden, Norway

The Happiest Man, Hangar Bicocca, Milan, Italy

Return to Painting, Henie- Onstad Art Centre, Oslo, Norway

Critique and Crisis. Art in Europe Since 1945, Deutsches Historical Museum, Berlin. Exhibition to travel to The National Museum, Warsaw; Museum of Contemporary Art, Tallinn, Palazzo Reale, Milan, Museu de Arte do Rio Grande do Sul Ado Malagoli, Porto Alegre, Brazil


5 Performances: June 6, 8, 10, 11, 13. Teatro Real, Plaza De Oriente, Madrid

Saint Franqois D’assise, The Opera By Olivier Messiaen Madrid, Spain, Gaja Magica - Rehearsals - Traveling to New York, 2013

Prague Quadrennial Of Performance, Design And Space, Prague, Czech Republic


Isole mai trovate/ Islands never found, Palazzo Ducale Appartamento del Doge,  Venezia, Italy

Contrepoint Russe, Musee Du Louvre, Paris, France

The Man Who Never Throw Anything Away, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen Norway

L'internationale, MACBA, Barcelona, Spain


Desenhos [Drawings]:A-Z, Museu de Cidade, Lisbona, Portugal

2000+COLLECTION/20 Ways To Get An Apple, Listening To The Music Of Mozart, group, cat., Maribur, Slovenia. Dec. 19.’08- Febr. 22. ‘09


Porta 33, Funchal, Portugal, Vou-te contra uma historia, curated by Delfim Sardo, October  17- December 13


Neo-Sincerity: The Difference Between the comic and the Cosmic a Single Letter, Apexart, New York, NY., curated by Amei Wallach, Febrary 22 – 8 April


ManMano, Galleria Continua, Beijing – China, May 8 – 31 July, 2005


ARTISTS´ FAVOURITES  act I, ICA - Institute of Contemporary Arts, London - United Kingdom, June 4 – July 23, 2004


50th Venice Biennale, Venezia - Italy

Kunstwerk Kommunismus, Schirn, Frankfurt am Main- Germany, curator: Boris Groys


Berlin-Moskau Moskau-Berlin 1950-2000, Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin – Germany,  Sept. 28, 2003 – Jan. 5, 2004 

Private and Public Narratives: Selected  works from the IMMA Collection, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin- Ireland, Nov. 11, 2003 – April 4, 2004


A Universal System For Depicting Everything, February 10 –March 31, 2002,  Ausgestellt/Vorgestellt vi. Ilya Kabakov für Christian Tomaszewski (Exhibited/Presented vi. Ilya Kabakov for Christian TomaszewskiKunsthalle Göppingen, Göppingen, Germany, catalogue

16 Ropes, installation, Skulpturen Museum Glaskasten, Marl - Germany; 20th August 1968, March 9–May 5, 2002

Not Everyone Will Be Taken Into the Future, permanent installation in the Mak Depot of Contemporary Art, Gefechtsturm Arenbergpark, inauguration: June 25, 2002

Österreichisches Museum für angewandte Kunst (mak), Vienna - Austria

Espacio Concepto, Fundación Joan Miró, Barcelona – Spain, Mar. 15 – May 12, 2002

Continuity/Departure, National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo- Japan


Das Gedachtris der Kunst (The Memory of Art), The Schirn, Frankfurt - Germany, installation: "The Monument to the Lost Civilization", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Dec. 15, 2000 - March 18, 2001. Catalogue

Dialogue with Boris Groys and Pavel Pepperstein, Kunsthaus, Zug - Switzerland.Sept. 2 Nov. 4, 2001. Catalogue

Ein Raum ist eine Welt / A World Whitin a Space, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Kunsthalle, Zurich - Switzerland. Aug. 24 - Oct. 21, 2001

49th Venice Biennale, Venezia - Italy. "Plateau of Humanity", Arsenale. Installation: "Not everyone will be Taken Into the Future", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. June 9 - Oct. 9, 2001  

Malmo - Sweden. Rooseum exhibition: "Home/Homeless." Installation: "The Final Judgement", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. May 17 - Sept. 16, 2001. Catalogue


You can't go Home Again: the Art of Exile, The Philadelphia Art Alliance: Main Galleries, Philadelphia - USA, Feb. 8 - March 19, 2000

Position. G. Baselitz, I. Kabakov, M. Nannucci, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris - France. Sept. 12 - Oct. 7, 2000

The White Cube, Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale - USA, Jan. 14 - April 2, 2000

A Matter of Scale, Agnes Scott College, The Dalton Galleries and Bradley Observatory, Oct. 26 - Dec. 8, 2000

Get togheter - Kunst as Teamwork, "The Meeting", with Jan Fabre, Kunsthalle, Vienna - Austria. Oct. 8, 2000 - Jan. 9, 2001

Heads over Heals into Millennium, Installation: "We were in Kyoto", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Montreal - Canada. Nov. 18, 1999 - April 23, 2000. (Museum's collection)

Ruckblick und Ausblick, Zeit wenden, Kunstmuseum Bonn - Germany. Dec. 4, 1999 - June 4, 2000

Intervention, New Art in Unconventional Spaces,  Installation: "The Boat of my Life", Milwakee Art Museum - USA, Jan. 21 - April 23, 2000

Das funfte Element, Gelt or Kunst, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf - Germany, Jan 28 - May 28, 2000. Catalogue

Quotidiana, Castello di Rivoli - Italy, Feb. 4 - May 21, 2000

Examining Pictures - Exhibiting Paintings, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA - USA, Feb. 6 - April 2, 2000

L'Autre Moitie de l'Europe, "The Happiest Man", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jeu de Paume, Paris - France, Mar. 3 - April 9, 2000

Stanze e Segreti, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Rotonda della Besana, Milan - Italy, April 11 May 28, 2000. Catalogue

Herausfordering Tier-von-Beuys- bis-Kabakov. Municipal Gallerie at the Center for Arts/Media, Karlsruhe - Germany. "The Tennis Game", dialogue with Boris Groys. April 14 -   July 30, 2000. Travel to: Galleria Continua, San Gimignano - Italy. 2001

Hier, Da und Dort, Kunst in Singen, Singen - Germany, permanent installation: "The   Golden Apples", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, May 5 - Oct. 8, 2000. Catalogue

Around 1984, A look at the Art in the Eighties, PS1, NY - USA, May 21 - Sept. 21, 2000

The Monument to the Lost Civilization, Ilya and Emilia KabakovArt Gallery of the New South Wales, Museum of Contemporary Art, The 12th Biennale of Sidney 2000 - Australia. May 26 - July 30, 2000

Ruckblick und Ausblick, Museum Ludwig, Palais Lichtenstein, Vienna - Austria. July 4 - Oct. 1, 2000

Quartett. August 1968 September 2000. Baldessari, Kabakov, Kosuth, Pistoletto, Basel, Switzerland. Sept. 9 - Nov. 12, 2000. Catalogue

Vision du Future, Le Grand Palais. Paris - France, installation: "Incident at the Museum or Water Music", Oct.3 - Jan. 7, 2001

Artisti Collezionisti, Palazzo delle Papesse, Contemporary Art Center, Siena - Italy. Oct. 3 - Jan. 14, 2001 


The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment, Centre de la Virelle Charite and MAC, Galeries Contemporaines des Musees de Marseille - France. '50 especes d'espaces', Nov. 28, 1998 - May 30, 1999

The White Cube, Handwerker Gallery, Ithaca College, Ithaca - USA, Oct. 21 - Dec. 14, 2000

Labyrinth. My Mother's Album, Tate Modern, Gallery of Modern Art, London - UK. 'Opening Exhibition', May 12, 2000

The White Cube, Jane Vorhees Zimmerli Art Museum, New Brunswick - USA, Jan. 10 - April 4, 1999

The Man Who Flew into Space from His Apartment, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal - Canada. Cosmos. From Romanticism to the Avant-Garde, 1801 to 2001, June 17 - Oct. 17, 1999. Traveling to: Centre de Cultura Contemporania de Barcelona -  Spain. Cosmos. Del Romanticisme a l'avantguarda, 1801-2001', Nov. 23, 1999 - Feb.  27, 2000; Palazzo Grassi, Venice - Italy. 'Cosmos. Da Goya a De Chirico, Da Friedrich a Kiefer. L'arte alla scoperta dell'infinito'. March 26 - July 23, 2000

Sultans Pool, Merril Hassenfeld Amphitheatre, Jerusalem - Israel. Art Focus 3. International Biennial of Contemporary Art.' Installation: "The Empty Bottle", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Oct. 24 - Nov. 20, 1999

Monument to a Lost Glove, Les Champs de la Sculpture 2000, Paris - France. Sept. 15 - Nov. 14, 1999

World Views: Maps and Art, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Frederick R Weismann Art Museum, University of Minnesota - USA. Sept. 12, 1999 - Jan. 2, 2000. Catalogue (Museum's collection)

Der Ring - Fuenfter Tag. Der Tag danach, with Christian Boltansky and Jean Kalman, Theater der Welt - Theater der Zeit 99, Festival, Berlin - Germany, June 18 - July 4, 1999

Millennium Messages, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Hecksher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY - USA. Nov. 2, 1999 - Jan. 30, 2000

You can't go home again: The Art of Exile, Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, Vermont - USA, May 14 - July 18, 1999

Examining Pictures: Exhibiting Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago - USA, July 24 - Sept. 19, 1999

Whitechapel Art Gallery, London - UK. May 7 - June 27, 1999

Global Conceptualism: Points of Origin. 1950 - 1980, Queens Museum of Art, New York - USA.  April 28 - Aug. 29, 1999. Travel to: Walker Art Center, Minneapolis-  USA. Dec. 19, 1999 - March 5, 2000; Miami Art Museum, Sept. 15 - Nov. 26, 2000. Catalogue


Fotographie as Concept, 4 Internationale Foto - Triennale, Esslingen - Germany, June 28 - Sept. 6, 1998

7 Triennale der Kleinplastik, Stuttgart - Germany, installations: 'The Test of Destiny', 'Table-Painting', Catalogue

The Promise of Photography, Hara Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo - Japan, Oct. 24 -Jan. 17, 1999

The History of Interior: from Vermeer to Kabakov, Stadel Institute, Frankfurt - Germany, installations: 'Toilet in the Corner', 'In The Closet', Sept. 23 - Feb. 23, 1999. Catalogue

'Arte all'Arte', installations: The weakening Voice, We are Free, The Observer, Colle Val d'Elsa, Tuscany - Italy. Sept. 12 - Nov. 17, 1998. Catalogue

Wasserspuren, Hannover Munden - Germany, installation: 'The Old Bridge', Oct. 12, 1998. Catalogue

Crossings/Traversees, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa - Canada, installation: 'Two Windows', Aug. 8 - Nov. 1, 1998. Catalogue

Ensemble Moderne: The Still Life in Contemporary Painting and Sculpture, Salzburg Festival - Austria, July 24 - Aug. 31, 1998

Change of Scene XIV, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt - Germany, installations: 'The Rope of Life and Other Installations', '10 Albums', June 18 - Jan. 1, 1999. Catalogue

The Edge of Awareness, Geneva, New York, Sao Paolo, New Delhi, Milan. Catalogue

A Century of Artistic Freedom. 100 Years of the Vienna Secession, Secession, Vienna - Austria., sketch for the project: "The Golden Apple", April 3 - June 30, 1998. Catalogue

Wounds Between Democracy and Redemption in Contemporary Art, Moderna Museet, Stockholm - Sweden, Installation: "The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment". Feb. 12 - April 19, 1998. Catalogue


Inside, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle - USA, installation: 'The Collector', May 7 - July 27,1997

The Age of Modernism - Art in the 20th Century, Martin-Gropius Bau, Berlin - Germany, installation: 'Three Nights'. May 7 - July 27, 1997. Catalogue

Artists for Sarajevo, Comune di Venezia, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice - Italy, installation 'I'll Return on April 12'. June 12, 1997

Monde Future, 47th Biennale, Corderie (Arsenale), Venice - Italy, installation: 'W Were in Kyoto', Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, June 12 - Oct. 4, 1997. Catalogue

Sculpture of XX Century, Munster - Germany, permanent installation: 'Looking at the Sky, Reading the Words...' June 22 - Sept. 28, 1997. Catalogue

Strangers in the Arctic, with Pavel Pepperstein, Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Cananda, installation: 'The Tennis Game', June 25 - Sept. 1, 1997

Drawings transfigured: Works on paper from the Ludwig Collections 1960-1970, Robert Hull Fleming Museum, Burlington - UK, Sept. 14 - Dec. 14, 1997

Collection of Centre Georges Pompidou, Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo - Japan, Installation: 'The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment' Sept. 20 - Dec. 14,1997

My Grandfather's Shed, installation. P.S. 1, Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City - USA, Oct. 26, 1997

Stimmen hinter der Tur (Voices Behind the Door), Galerie fur Zeitgenossiche Kunst, Leipzig - Germany, Nov. 5 - 30, 1996. Book 1998

Meditations, Madraca Ibn Youssouf, Marrakesh - Morocco, installation: 'The Blue Carpet', March 15 - April 22, 1997

Whitney Biennial, New York - USA. Installation: 'Treatment with Memories', March 20 - June 15, 1997. Catalogue


From The Collection, Pure and Impure, M.O.M.A., New York - USA, installation: "The Man, Who Flew into His Painting", Oct. 20, 1995 - May 21, 1996. (Museum's collection)

Strangers in the Arctic, Rundetarn, Copenhagen - Denmark, installation 'The Tennis Game', with P. Pepperstein, March 8 -April 28, 1996. Traveling to: Taidemuseo, Pori, June 9 - Sept. 1; Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto - Canada. June 25 - Sept. 1, 1997. Catalogue

EV+A96, Limerick - UK, installation: 'Toilet on the Lake', March 8 - May 4, 1996. Catalogue

Manchmal und Gedenkstatte Opfer des Naziregimes in Osterreich 1938 - 1945, Kunsthalle Vienna - Austria, March 19 - April 28, 1996

My Motherland: The Flies, installation, Wewerka Galerie, Berlin - Germany, May 29 - Aug. 10, 1996

G7 Summit, Musee d'Art Contemporain, Lyon - France, installation: 'Monument to the Lost Glove' June 28 - Sept. 30, 1996

Judenplatz Wien 1996, Israel Museum, Jerusalem - Israel, July 2 - Oct. 6, 1996. Traveling to: School of Architecture London - UK. Nov. 5 - Dec. 12, 1996

Zeil, Frankfurt - Germany, installation: 'The Test of Destiny', Aug. 22 - Sept. 14, 1996

Urban Evidence: Contemporary Artists Reveal Cleveland, Center for Contemporary Art, Cleveland - USA, Aug. 25 - Oct. 27, 1996. Catalogue

Les peches capitaux: La Paresse, Centre G. Pompidou, MNAM, Paris - France, Sept. 11-Nov. 4, 1996. Catalogue

Le Cirque 96, Cirque d'Hiver, Paris - France, Oct. 1 - 7, 1996

23rd Bienal, Ciccillo Matarazzo Pavilion, Sao Paolo - Brasil. Installation: 'Two Cabinets', Oct. 5 - Dec. 8, 1996. Catalogue


Don't Look Now, Thread Waxing Space, N.Y. - USA, Jan. 22 - Feb. 26, 1994. Catalogue

Africus, Biennale Johannesburg - South Africa, installation: 'Unfinished Installation', Feb. 28 - April 30, 1995. Catalogue

Els limits del museu (The End of the Museum), Fundacion Antoni Tapies, Barcelona - Spain, installation: 'Incident at the Museum or Water Music', music by V. Tarasov. March 14 - June 5, 1995. Catalogue

"Zeichen und Wunder" (Signs and Wonder), Haus der Kunst, Zurich - Switzerland, installation: 'We Are Flying Tomorrow', April 1 - June 18, 1995. Catalogue

Change of Scene VIII, Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt - Germany, permanent installation: 'The Rope of Life and Other Installations', June 23 - Jan. 14, 1996. Catalogue

Kunst im Verborgenen, Lindenau Museum, Allenburg, traveling show of the collection  from Zarizyno Museum, Russia, July 2 - Sept. 3, 1995

Dialogues of Peace, Palais des Nations, Geneva - Switzerland, permanent installation: 'Fallen Sky', July 3 - October 26, 1995

Rosamund Felsen Gallery, International Art Festival, Los Angeles - USA. July 14, 1995

Donald Judd and his Friends, Galerie St. Stephen, Vienna - Austria, installation: 'The Test of Destiny', September, 1995

From Gulag to Glasnost: Nonconformist Art from the Soviet Union, Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University - USA, catalogue

“95, Kwangju International Biennale" - Korea. Installation: 'The Test of Destiny', 'Too Metaphysical', Sept. 20 - Nov. 20, 1995. Catalogue

Recalde Art Space, Bilbao - Spain. Installation: 'The Bridge', Nov. 21 - Jan. 21, 1996. Catalogue


Toponimias: ocho ideas del espacio (Toponymias: 8 ideas of a Space), Fundacion La Caixa, Madrid - Spain, installation 'For Sale', Feb. 2 - April 10, 1994.    Catalogue

Tyrannei des Schoenen (Tyranny of the Beauty), Osterreichisches Museum fur Angewandte Kunst, Vienna - Austria, installation: 'The Red Wagon', April 6 - July 17, 1994. Catalogue

Europa, Europa. Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn - Germany. Installation: 'The Man who Never Threw Anything Away', May 27 - Oct. 11, 1994. Catalogue

Cloaca Maxima, Museum der Stadtentwasserung, Zurich - Switzerland, installation: 'Toilet in the Corner', June 10 - Oct. 30, 1994. Catalogue

Zuge: die Eisenbahn in der zeitgenossischen Kunst, Galerie der Stadt Esslingen, Esslingen - Germany, June 19 - Sept. 4, 1994. Catalogue

Ivan Chuikov, Ilya Kabakov, Vadim Zakharov, Deweer Art Gallery, Otegem - Belgium, Sept. 3 - Oct. 2, 1994. Catalogue

Face-Off: The Portrait in Recent Art, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia - USA, installation: 'The Collector', Sept. 9 - Oct. 30, 1994. Traveling to Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha - USA. Jan. 28 - March 19, 1995; Weatherspoon Art Gallery, Greensboro, April 9 - May 28, 1995. Catalogue

Kulturhuset Stockholm - Sweden. Installation: 'The Red Corner', September 22 - January  8, 1995

Do It, Kunsthalle Ritter, Klagenfurt - Austria, traveling exhibition, Sept. 29 - Nov. 25, 1994

Virtual Reality, Biennale, Melbourne - Australia, installation 'I Will Return on April 12', Dec. 3, 1994 - Feb. 5, 1995. Catalogue


Galerie Bolag, Zurich - Switzerland. Exhibition of drawings by the artists from Documenta IX.

Pa kanten af kaos, nye bilder af verden (At the edge of Chaos: New Images of the World), Louisiana Museum, Humblebaek - USA, installation: "Labyrinth. My Mother's Album", Feb. 5 - May 9, 1993. Catalogue

Le Magasin, Centre Nationale d'Art Contemporain, Grenoble - France. Installation: 'The  Ship', February, 1993

Rendez(-)Vous, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent - Belgium, installation: 'Unfinished Installations', April 28 - June 27, 1993. Catalogue

The End of Empire or the Experiments of Visual Poetry, Centre d'Art Contemporain du Domaine de Kerguehennec, Bignan - France, May 1 - Sept. 19, 1993. Traveling to: Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst, Gent - Belgium. "Memoires de Bretagne", Catalogue

Het Depot, Galerie Akinci, Amsterdam - Holland, May 8 - June 30, 1993

Adresse provisoire pour l'art contemporain russe, Musee de la Poste, Paris - France, installation: 'White Cube', May 25 - Aug. 28, 1993. Catalogue

Time, Place, Memory, Jewish Museum, New York - USA, installation: 'Mother & Son', June 13 - Nov.14, 1993. Catalogue

Drawing the Line Against AIDS, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice - Italy, June 8 - 13, 1993. Catalogue

Summer '93, RFFA, New York - USA, June 21 - Aug. 20, 1993

XLV Biennale, Venice - Italy. Installation: 'Red Pavilion', musical arrangement by V. Tarasov. June 14 - Sept. 14, 1993

Centre International d'Art Contemporain, Montreal - Canada. "After Perestroika: Kitchenmaids or Stateswomen", show organized by The Independent Curators Incorporated of New York, Aug. 1 - Oct. 3, 1993. Traveling to: Picker Art Gallery, Hamilton, Nov. 6 - Dec. 31; Depree Art Center and Gallery, Holland, Feb. 12 - March 27; Western Gallery, Western Washington University, Bellingham, April 18 - June 11; Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Art Gallery, Worcester, Sept. 15 - Oct. 23, 1994

Recycling through Art, Expo ' 93 Taejon - Korea, installation: 'The Rope of Life', Aug. 7 - Nov. 7, 1993. Catalogue

Et tous ils changent le monde, Biennale d'Art Contemporain, Lyon - France, Installation: 'Emergency Exit', Sept. 3 - Oct.13, 1993. Catalogue

Der Sprache der Kunst (the Language of Art), Kunsthalle, Vienna - Austria, Sept. 3 -Oct.17, 1993. Catalogue

Old Symbols, New Icons in Russian Contemporary Art, Stuart Levy Gallery, New York - USA, Sept. 14 - Oct. 16, 1993

Like a Body without a Shadow, Marsha Mateyka Gallery, Washington - USA, Oct. 2 - 30, 1993

From Chaos to Creation: Russian Art 1971 - 1992, Arts Center, Rye - USA, Oct. 3 - Nov. 21, 1993. Catalogue

Russische Avantgarde im 20. Jahrhundert: von Malevitch bis Kabakov, Kunsthalle, Cologne - Germany, installations: 'Before Supper','Red Pavilion', Oct. 16 - Jan. 2, 1994. Catalogue (Museum's collection)

Stalin's Choice: Soviet Socialist Realism 1932 -1956, Institute for Contemporary Art, P.S.1, New York - USA, Nov. 21, 1993 - Feb. 27, 1994. Catalogue

Universalism and Particularism: The Russian World in Transition, Lehman College Art Gallery, New York - USA, Nov. 24, 1993 - March 17, 1994

Der Sprache der Kunst (The Language of Art), Kunstverein, Frankfurt - Germany, Dec. 4 - Feb. 20, 1994. Catalogue

Widerstand: Denkbilder fur die Zukunft, Haus der Kunst, Munchen - Germany, installation: "Labyrinth. My Mother's Album", Dec. 10 - Feb. 20, 1994. Catalogue


Just Pathetic, American Fine Arts, New York - USA, installation: 'In The Corner', Jan. 18 - Feb. 8, 1992. Catalogue

Ex USSR, Groninger Museum, Groningen - Germany, installation: 'The Communal Kitchen', Feb. 22 - Apr. 4, 1992. Catalogue

Particular Histories, Butirskaja Jail, Moscow - Russia, Feb. 23 - March, 1992

Blast Art Benefit, The X-Art Foundation and Blast, New York - USA, April 11-18, 1992. Catalogue

Documenta IX, Kassel - Germany. Installation: 'The Toilet', June 13 - Sept. 20, 1992. Catalogue

A Mosca...A Mosca, Villa Campolieto, Ercolano - Italy, July 1 - Sept. 13, 1992. Traveling to: Galleria Comunale d'Arte Moderna, Bologna - Italy. Sept. 26 - Nov. 22, 1992.  Catalogue

Expo ' 92, Sevilla - Spain. Permanent installation: 'The Blue Dish', Sept. 21 - Oct. 12, 1992

Parallel Visions: Modern Artists and Outsider Art, County Museum of Art, Los Angeles - USA, Oct. 18, 1992 - Jan. 3, 1993. Catalogue

Uber Malerei- Begegnung mit der Geschichte (About Painting - Encounter with History), Akademie der Bildende Kunst, Vienna - Austria, installation: 'Unhappened Dialogue', Nov. 19 - Dec. 31, 1992. Catalogue


50 artistes pour le 25 anniversaire, Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris - France, Nov. 4 - Dec. 8, 1991. Catalogue

Perspectives of Conceptualism, University of Hawaii Art Gallery, Honolulu - USA, Jan. 13- Feb. 22, 1991. Traveling to: The Clocktower, New York, March 14 - April 21; Fine Arts Center Galleries, University of Rhode Island, Kingston, March 16 - April 7; North  Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh, Nov. 20 - Feb. 21, 1992

Bibelgesellschaft, Frankfurt - Germany. "Bilder zur Bible heute" (Paintings from the Bible today), Jan. 29 - Feb. 20, 1991. Traveling to: Evangelistische Akademie, Iserlohn, March 8 - April 6, Evangelistische Stadtakademie, Bochum - Germany

MANI Museum: 40 Moskauer Kunstler in Frankfurter Karmeliterkloster, Karmeliterkloster, Frankfurt - Germany, March 27 - April 25, 1991. Catalogue

Binationale: Sowietische Kunst um 1990, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf - Germany, installation: 'The Red Wagon', April 13 - June 2, 1991. Traveling to: Israel Museum, Jerusalem, "Soviet Art around 1990", installation: 'Why "Red Wagon" didn't come to Israel', Aug. - Nov. 1991; Centralny dom hudoznika, Moscow - Russia. "Sovetskoe iskusstvo okolo 1990 goda", installation: 'Why "Red Wagon" didn't come to Moscow', Catalogue

Nachtregels/Night Lines, Centraal Museum, Utrecht - Holland, installation: 'Whose Wings Are Those?', April 26 - Sept. 8, 1991. Permanent installation. Catalogue

Arte sovietico contemporaneo, Auditorio de Galicia, Santiago de Compostela - Spain, May 11- June 30, 1991. Catalogue

Soviet Contemporary Art: from Thaw to Perestroika, Setagaya Art museum, Tokyo - Japan, May 18 - June 23, 1991. Catalogue

Kunst, Europa: Sowjetunion, installation: 'The Fly with Wings, Kunstverein, Hannover - Germany, June 21 - Aug. 25, 1991. Catalogue

In Public: Seattle 1991, Security Pacific Gallery, Seattle - USA, installations: 'The Rope of Life', 'Children Books', June 27 - Nov. 3, 1991

Art on Edge, Sezon Museum of Modern Art, Nagano - Japan, installation: 'The Communal Kitchen', July 13 - Oct. 6, 1991. Catalogue

TRANS-Mission, Rooseum, Malmo - Sweden, installation: 'Mental Institution or Institute  of Creative Research', Aug. 26 - Oct. 27, 1991. Catalogue

 Devil on the Stairs: Looking Back on the Eighties, installation: 'The Man, Who Flew into the Painting', Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia - USA, Oct. 4 - Jan. 5, 1992. Traveling to: Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach - USA. April 17 - June 21, 1991. Catalogue (Museum's collection)

FIAC, Paris - France. Represented by Dina Vierny, installation: 'In The Communal Kitchen', Oct. 5 - 13, 1991. Catalogue

Museum of Modern Art, New York - USA, installation: 'The Bridge', Oct. 20, 1991 - Jan. 7, 1992. Catalogue

Carnegie International 1991, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh - USA, installation: 'We Are Leaving Here Forever', Oct. 19, 1991 - Feb. 16, 1992. Catalogue

Zero Gravity, Henry DeFord III Gallery, Long Island City - USA, Oct. 21, 1991 - Jan. 31, 1992

Schwerelos (Weightless), Olga Petrovna has a Dream, Grosse Orangerie of Charlottenburg Palace, Berlin - Germany, Nov. 9, 1991 - Jan. 22, 1992. Catalogue

Wanderlieder, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Holland, installation: 'Before Supper', Dec. 8 - Feb. 9, 1992. Catalogue

New Directions, Zimmerli Museum of Art, New Brunswick - USA, Dec. 8, 1991 - Feb. 25, 1992


Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield - USA, June 9 - Oct. 7, 1990. Catalogue

Between Spring and Summer: Soviet Conceptual Art in the Era of Late Communism, Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma - USA, installation: 'My Mother's Album', June 15 - Sept. 9, 1990. Traveling to: the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, Nov. 7 - Jan. 6, 1991; Des Moines Art Center, Des Moines, Feb.16 - March 31, 1991. Catalogue

Soviet Contemporary Art 1990, Alpha Cubic Gallery, Tokyo - Japan, June 22 - July 27, 1990. Catalogue

Die Endlichkeit der Freiheit Berlin 1990: ein Ausstellungsprojekt in Ost und West, DAAD-Galerie, Berlin - Germany, installation: 'Two Fears', Sept. 1 - Oct. 7, 1990. Catalogue

New Works for Different Places: TSWA Four Cities Project, Orchard Gallery, Derry - Ireland, installation: 'Fly with the Wings', Sept. 1 - 29, 1990. Catalogue

In de USSR en erbuiten (In the USSR and Beyond), Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam - Holland, installation: 'The Rope of Life and Other Installations', Sept. 21 - Nov. 4, 1990. Catalogue

Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus - USA. "The Quest for Self Expression: Painting in Moscow and Leningrad 1965-1990", Sept.16 - Nov. 25, 1990. Traveling to: Weatherspoon Art Gallery University of North Carolina, Greensboro, Jan. 13- Feb. 1991; Arkansas Art Center, Little Rock, March 14 - May 26, 1991. Catalogue

Seoul Art Festival - Korea. Works on Hanji Paper, November 20 - February 20, 1991. Catalogue

Rhetorical Image, installation: 'Medical Screens', The New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York - USA, Dec. 9 - Feb. 3, 1991. Catalogue

To the Object, Moscow - Russia, 60 Russian Avanguarde Artists from Moscow, Paris and New York. April 18 - May 13, 1990. Travel to: Amsterdam - Holland, Sept. 22 -  Nov. 4, 1990

Artistas rusos contemporaneos, Centro Atlantico de Arte Moderno, Gran Canaria - Spain, installation: “The Underground Golden River”, June 6 - July 28, 1990

Artisti Russi Contemporanei, Museo d'arte contemporanea Luigi Pecci, Prato - Italy, installation: 'The Underground Golden River', Feb. 10 - May 13, 1990. Catalogue

The Readymade Boomerang: Certain Relations in the 20th Century Art, 8 Biennale, Sydney - Australia, installation: 'Three Russian Paintings', April 10 - June 15, 1990. Catalogue


Russian Art from the Michail Grobman Collection, Tel Aviv Museum of Art- Israel, Nov. 7, 1989. Catalogue

Painting, Grafika, Moscow Artist Union, Moscow - Russia, 1989

Post-Utopia: Paintings and Installations by Soviet Conceptualists: Bulatov, Kabakov, Komar & Melamid, South East Massachusetts University, Darmouth - USA, Jan. 23 - Feb.18, 1989. Catalogue

Foto v Jivopisi, Pervaia Galereia, Moscow - Russia, Jan. 1989. Traveling to: Phyllis Kind Gallery,New York, "Foto in Painting: Behind the Ironic Curtain", March 11  April 8, 1989. Catalogue

Magiciens de la Terre, MNAM, Paris - France, installation: 'The Man Who Flew Into Space from His Apartment', May 16 - Aug. 15, 1989. Catalogue

Sigmund Freud Haus, Vienna - Austria. September, 1989

Wittgenstein: das Spiel des unsagtbaren, (Wittgenstein: The Play of the Unsayable), Wiener Secession, Vienna - Austria, Sept.13 - Oct. 29, 1989. Traveling to: Palais des Beaux-Arts, Brussel - Belgium, Dec. 15 - Jan. 28, 1990. Catalogue

Espace Lyonnais d'Art Contemporain, Lyon - France. Installation: 'The Ship', Oct. 12 - Nov. 19, 1989

The Green Show, Exit Art, New York - USA, Dec. 9 - Jan. 20, 1990. Traveling to: Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, Oct. 27 - Dec. 2, 1990; Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon, Jan.15 - March 3, 1991


Ich Lebe, Ich Sehe: Kunstler der Achtziger Jahre in Moscow, Kunstmuseum Bern, June 11 - Aug.14, 1988. Catalogue

(Aperto), Biennale, Venice - Italy. Installation: 'Before Supper', June 25 - Sept. 25, 1988

Russian avant-guarde of the early Twentieth Century. Works on Paper from the Michail Grobman Collection, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev - Israel, 1988


Die Wahlverwadtschaften, Steirischer Herbst '86, Palais Attems, Graz - Ausrtia


Jankilevkij, Kabakov,  Steinberg, Zentrum fur interdisziplinare Forschung der Univeristat, Bielefeld, Traveling to: Museum Bochum, Catalogue


Fotografia I iskusstvo, Kunstimuseum Tartu


Vystavka grafiki, Moskoskij obedinennyj komitet hudojnikov-grafikov, Moscow - Russia, installation: “The Ant”, May 5 - 25, 1983


Peinture russe contemporaine 1971 - 1981, Galerie Gorky, Paris - France

Fotografia I zivopis, Centre texniceskoj esthetiki, Moscow - Russia

Vystavka zivopisi, Moskoskij obedinennyj komitet hudojnikov-grafikov, Moscow - Russia


Russian New Wave, Soho International Art Center, New York - USA, Dec. 4 - Feb. 28, 1992. Catalogue

Twenty-five years of Soviet Unofficial Art 1956-1981, CASE Museum of Soviet Unofficial Art, Jersey City - USA

Nouvelles tendances dans l'art non officiel russe 1970-1980, Centre culturel de la Commanderie des Templiers de la Villedieu, Elancourt


"Cvet, forma, prostranstvo" (Color, Form, Space), Moskovskij obedinennyj komitet hudojnikov-grafikov, Moscow - Russia, Feb. 17 - 28, 1979

20 Jahre unabhaengige Kunst aus des Sowjetunionen  (Twenty Years of Independent Art from the Soviet Union), Museum, Bochum - Germany 

La Quatrieme dimension du carre, Mart Galerie, Rockenberg

New Art from the Soviet Union: an exhibition of non-conformist art from the 1960s and 1970s, St. Mary's College - USA, Nov. 3 - Dec. 7, 1979. Catalogue


Musee Lodi - Italy

Musee Bellinzona - Italy

La nuova Arte Sovietica, Palazzo Reale, Turin - Italy

Nonkonformistische russische Maler, Saarland Museum, Sarrebruck


New Art from the Soviet Union, The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Modern Art, Ithaca - USA, Traveling to: The Arts Club, Washington

Unofficial Russian Painting, Institute of Contemporary Art, London - UK

Art et Matiere, Orangerie du Luxemburg, Paris - France

"La nuova arte sovietica, una prospettiva non ufficiale" (New Soviet Art, an Unofficial Perspective), Biennale, Venice - Italy, Catalogue


La peinture russe contemporaine, Palais des Congres, Paris - France

Musee d'art russe en exil, Montgeron


Nonkonformistische russische Maler: Sammlung A. Gleiser, Christian Brandstatter Galerie, Vienna - Austria, Traveling to: Kunstverein Brunswick, May 11 - June 12; Friburg, Berlin, Kunstverein, Konstanz, 1976, Staedtische Galerie Die Faehre, Saulgau,1976. Catalogue


Progressive tendences in Moscow, 1957-1970, Bochum Museum, Friburg - Germany


Galerie Dina Vierny, Paris - France, May-June, Catalogue


Six soviet artists, Galerie R. Ziegler, Zurich - Switzerland

Nuove correnti a Mosca, Museo Belle Arti, Lugano - Switzerland

Gmurzynska Galerie, Cologne - Germany,  Catalogue


Interior galerie, Frankfurt - Germany

Behr Galerie, Stuttgart - Germany

Galleria Pananti, Florence - Italy


Cafe Sinyaya ptiza, Moscow - Russia. With E. Bulatov


Giovani artisti moscoviti, Galleria Renzo Botti, Cremona - Italy

Quindici giovani pittori moscoviti, Galleria Il Segno, Rome - Italy


Sopot-Poznan, exhibit of 60 artists from Moscow


Alternative attuali II, Castello Spagnolo, L'Aquila - Italy. "Aug. 7 - Sept. 30, 1965



Art Fair, Montreal - Canada. Represented by John Schweitzer, Nov. 15-19, 1991.


FIAC, Paris - France. Represented by Galerie de France, Oct. 1990


ARCO 1988, Madrid - Spain


FIAC, Paris - France. Represented by Galerie de France, Oct. 10 - 18, 1987. Catalogue



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


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

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


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 ,2011


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


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, USA


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


Arthur Köpcke Award, Köpcke Foundation, Copenhagen – Denmark

Group catalogues


Continental Drift: Installations by Joan Jonas, Illya and Emilia Kabakov, Juan Muñoz, Yinka Shonibare (exhibition catalogue). West Palm Beach: Norton Museum of Art, 2004.


The Labyrinthine Effect (exhibition catalogue). Southbank: Australian Centre for Contemporary Art, 2003.

Grants and Prizes


Innovation Prize, Moscow, Russia


Cartier Prize from Art Masters, St. Moritz, Switzerland


Honorary Academics of Moscow Art Academy, Moscow, Russia


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


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


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


Kaiserring der Stadt Goslar, Goslar - Germany


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

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

Honorary Diploma, Biennale di Venezia, Venice - Italy


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


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

Permanent works


The Targets , Four Minimalistic Paintings, permanent installation, Museum of Modern Art - MUMOK, Vienna - Austria. Opening of the new Museum. Sept. 14, 2001


Hier, Da und Dort, Kunst in Singen, Singen - Germany, permanent installation: "The   Golden Apples", Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, May 5 - Oct. 8, 2000. Catalogue


The Toilet, S.M.A.K. Museum, Gent - Belgium. Opening of the new building, permanent installation, May 8, 1999


The Metaphysical Man, permanent installation, The Roundhouse, London 

My Grandfather’s Shed, permanent installation, Moenchehaus Museum fur Moderne Kunst, Goeslar, Germany


Music on the Water, permanent installation, music by V. Tarasov (book)


No Water, permanent installation, Museet For Samtidskunst, Oslo, Norway 

The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away, permanent installation


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