10 Characters - Album 1-10

Ilya & Emilia Kabakov


Book, 10 x (52.5 x 37 cm).
Materials: paper

Collection: Collection M HKA, Antwerp.

10 Characters – Album 1-10 is a series of ten books that provide a survey of Ilya Kabakov’s drawings and texts assembled in books and performed for friends and fellow artists at Kabakov’s famous Sretensky Boulevard attic studio in the early 1970s in Moscow. This edition from the M HKA collection was issued in 1994. Albums can be seen as a turning point for Kabakov. Aesthetically, they reconnect with the 1950s when Ilya Kabakov was a children’s book illustrator. The albums tell fables about Homo Sovieticus: ten psychological attitudes, ten perspectives on emptiness, ten parodies of the aesthetic traditions through which Kabakov evolved his vocabulary, and ten aspects of Kabakov’s personality. This work is located in the library.

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