Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here


Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: Enter Here

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Amei Wallach and editor/cinematographer Ken Kobland made the acclaimed portrait LOUISE BOURGEOIS: THE SPIDER, THE MISTRESS AND THE TANGERINE. Here they collaborate with the Hermitage Museum to explore the fascinating lives and work of the Kabakovs, a husband-and-wife team who are Russia's most acclaimed visual artists. Born in 1933 in the Ukraine - to a Jewish family during the famine artificially created by Stalin - Ilya Kabakov's life changed when he literally stumbled into the Leningrad School of Art. The deprivation he and his mother suffered during this period serves as the emotional substrata of his art. In the Soviet Union he led a double life: as a successful state-approved illustrator and as a major artist, forbidden to exhibit his own art. Coming to the US in 1988, Ilya began to build three-dimensional spaces using the communal apartment as a metaphor for the intellectual, psychological and physical repression at the core of Soviet life. In 2005, he became the first living Russian artist to exhibit at the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. (c) Film Forum

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  • There's a lot of material here to get through, and Wallach and her cinematographer Ken Kobland take their time with it, a gamble of an approach which works, on the whole.

    Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There's little art to Wallach's camerawork or pacing. Still, Ilya and Emilia are fascinating enough to merit sitting through Enter Here's meanderings.

    Nov 12, 2013 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

    Jenna Scherer

    Time Out
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  • The orchestration wobbles now and again, but Ms. Wallach has fashioned a multifaceted, informative portrait conveying the emotional urgency of the Kabakovs' work.

    Nov 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • A look back at the husband-and-wife team whose surreal, mimetic installations reinvented the landscape of Soviet and post-Soviet art.

    Nov 12, 2013 | Full Review…
  • Wallach and Kobland have made a graceful, enormously moving portrait of a complicated artist and an artistic collaboration.

    Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…
  • A warm, human portrait of two brilliant artists undermined by pretentious, distracting editing and cinematography.

    Nov 14, 2013 | Rating: 5.75/10 | Full Review…

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