Ilya and Emilia Kabakov “Where Is Our Place?” (2004)
Exhibition flyer

『イリヤ&エミリア・カバコフ 私たちの場所はどこ?』

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov “Where Is Our Place?” 
(Mori Art Museum+Tankosha Publishing Co., Ltd., 2004)
Japanese/ English



Ilya and Emilia Kabakov “Where Is Our Place?” Exhibiition (more images to come)






- 学芸部門の責任者として展覧会実施・図録編集を行なった。
- 本展に際し、『イリヤ&エミリア・カバコフ 私たちの場所はどこ?』を刊行(森美術館+淡交社、2004)。
- 本展は、2003年6月12日-9月7日にケリーニ・スタンパリア財団(ヴェネツィア)で開催、2004年11月3日-2005年1月3日に21世紀国立美術館(ローマ)に巡回した。

5月29日 17:00-19:00
会場:アカデミーヒルズ 六本木フォーラム ステップルーム1
出演者:沼野充義(東京大学文学部教授)、デヴィッド・エリオット(森美術館館長) *日英同時通訳付、要事前申込

May 29 - July 19, 2004
Venue: Mori Art Museum (Roppongi Hills, Tokyo)
Organizer: Mori Art Museum, Fondazione Querini Stampalia (Venice) and the Museo Nazionale delle Arti del XXI Secolo (Rome)
Reception supported by Mercian Corporation

In “Where Is Our Place?” The Kabakovs have constructed three views of art and the world, in gigantic, actual and miniature sizes to evoke the art of the past, present and future. Entering the gallery, visitors are confronted with the enormous legs of 19th-century people who appear to be viewing huge classic paintings. These grand masterpieces, hung in heavy gilt frames, are so large that they penetrate and disappear through the ceiling. Also in the gallery is a series of photographs of normal scale that depict Soviet era Russia and are exhibited with flowery lines of poetry in simple wooden frames. Visitors will also discover a surprisingly tiny world embedded under Plexiglas along the edge of the gallery floor - a miniature universe filled with mountains and fields. Walking through the exhibition space, visitors find themselves either dwarfed or transformed into giants and must constantly change their posture accordingly, looking up or crouching down to view the varying scales of the exhibition. These fundamental juxtapositions - large and small, old and new, strange and familiar - compel visitors to reflect upon their own perspective and place in the world. The Kabakovs create seemingly effortless and yet extremely precise “total installations“, utilizing paintings, sculptures, texts and memories of everyday life. In this environment, where time, objects, light, color and sound collide and everything is relative, visitors have the opportunity to consider who they are and their own place in the world.

*From the exhibition hand-out.

Curators: Chiara Bertola (Fondazione Querini Stampalia), David Elliott (Director, Mori Art Museum)

Curatorial staffs: Yukiko Shikata, Mitsuyo Ogawa, Ema Takanohashi (Mori Art Museum)
Exhibition designers: Naotake Maeda, Mimi Nakajima (Mori Art Museum)
Technical supervisor: Ivories Markovas

- As a main curator, realized the exhibition and edited the publication.
- “Ilya &was Emilia Kabakov: Where Is Our Place?” was co-published by Mori Art Museum and Tankosha Publishing, Tokyo in occasion of the exhibition.
-This exhibition was first held in Foundation Querini Stampalia from June 12 to September 7, 2003, and will travel to Museo Nazionale delleArti del XXI Secolo from November 3, 2004 to January 3, 2005.

[Related Event]
Lecture “Kabakov’s Russia”
May 29 17:00-19:00
Venue: Step Room 1, Academy Hills Roppongi Forum
Panelists: Numano Mitsuyoshi (Professor, Literature Department of Tokyo University), David Elliott (Director, Mori Art Museum) *Simultaneous interpretation available, advance booking necessary

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