Dialogues: Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov, Stories about Ourselves (Hardcover)

Dialogues: Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov, Stories about Ourselves By Ksenia Nouril (Editor), Tomas Glanc (Contributions by) Cover Image
By Ksenia Nouril (Editor), Tomas Glanc (Contributions by)
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Artists in the Soviet Union faced a difficult choice: either join the official academies and make art that conformed to the state’s aesthetic and ideological dictates, or attempt to develop alternative artistic practices and spheres for exhibiting their work. In the early 1970s, conceptual artists Ilya Kabakov and Viktor Pivovarov chose the latter option, turning their limited resources into an asset by pioneering an entirely new artistic genre: the album. Somewhere between drawings and novels, Kabakov and Pivovarov’s albums were also the basis for unique performance pieces, as the artists invited select audiences to their Moscow apartments for private readings and viewings of the albums, helping to cultivate an alternative artistic community in the process.

This exhibition catalog brings together Kabakov and Pivovarov’s key works for the first time, putting the two artists in dialogue and recreating their artistic community. It not only includes nearly hundred pages of full-color illustrations, but also provides complete English translations of the Russian texts that appear in the volume, plus new interviews with each artist. Taken together, they give viewers a new appreciation of the different aesthetic strategies each artist used to depict the absurdities of everyday life in the Soviet era. Published in partnership with the Zimmerli Museum.

About the Author

KSENIA NOURIL is an art historian who currently serves as Jensen Bryan Curator at the Print Center in Philadelphia. Previously, she has worked at the Zimmerli Art Museum, the Bruce Museum, and MoMA, where she co-edited the book Art and Theory of Post-1989 Central and Eastern Europe: A Critical Anthology.

TOMÁŠ GLANC is a senior fellow at Zurich University. He has held previous positions at Humboldt University, Basel University, Bremen University, and Charles University in Prague. He has organized numerous art exhibitions, including Poetry & Performance: The Eastern European Perspective and shows for Irina Korina, Pavel Pepperstein, and Viktor Pivovarov.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781978814929
ISBN-10: 1978814925
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 24th, 2020
Pages: 128
Language: English