Ilya and Emilia Kabakov ‘Between Heaven and Earth’. A Tribute to Ilya Kabakov

April 14 – July 14, 2024

Almost a year after the death of Ilya Kabakov, Fondazione Querini Stampalia and the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Art Foundation pay tribute to him in Venice, on the occasion of the 60th International Art Exhibition of the Biennale.

The exhibition curated by Chiara Bertola remembers one of the masters of conceptual art, a brilliant experimenter of the  poetry and the expressive potential of materials, celebrated celebrated as the most important USSR-born and naturalised US artist of the 20th century.

For the first time some of the Kabakovs’ historical installations will dialogue with the rooms and the collections of the Querini Stampalia Museum. Their works become site-specific interventions designed for the environment that hosts them, as is the nature of the Querini Stampalia’s contemporary art program “Conserving the future”, which implies confrontation with a past to be protected and a future to be designed and involves the institution, the public, and the artists. These artists act as ferrymen between these worlds, revealing fractures, inventing connections and showing something that otherwise risked being lost or never seen.

Each installation on display is a carefully choreographed staging of objects, works, texts, lights, and sounds that will immerse the viewer in the artwork, according to the concept of the “total installation” so important to the artist since the 80s. 

It is also be an opportunity to remember the father of Where is Our Place, the large installation with the title that is still so relevant, set up at the Fondazione Querini Stampalia 20 years ago, in 2003, which was a great success with critics and the public and positioned the institution among the places of contemporary art in Venice.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov ‘Between Heaven and Earth’. A tribute to Ilya Kabakov, promoted by the Fondazione Querini Stampalia and the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov Art Foundation, has the support of Thaddaeus Ropac, Lia Rumma, Sprovieri, Galleria Continua and ONDA.

An opening event, open to all, is planned for Saturday, April 13, from 6 pm. By reservation at this link.

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Comunicazione di servizio

Mercoledì 1 maggio le Collezioni sono aperte ai visitatori; è chiusa la Biblioteca.

Service communication

Thursday, April 25, and Wednesday, May 1, the Collections are open to visitors; the Library is closed.