PALMS. Visions of the good life. A dream, a hope, an escape from everyday life. With candles and ashtrays in the shape of palms or a glitter palm in an ice-cream sundae, we take a bit of it home—an admission that we dream a dream of great happiness, combined with a genial petty bourgeois mentality.

Ilya und Emilia Kabakov

On The ‚Total’ Installation

The ‚total’ installation genre, created by Ilya Kabakov, allows the viewer to dive into a special atmosphere created by the interaction of images, texts, objects and sounds. Kabakov likens the viewer of a total installation to Dante in his Divine Comedy, while the artist plays the role of Dante´s companion, Virgil. Completely caught up in the installation, the viewer inescapably finds himself or herself in another environment in which time seems to stand still. This book contains the unique lectures delivered by Kabakov in 1995 on his theory of the ‚total’ installation. It also includes new lectures on his more recent ideas and his experience of the time-consuming and diverse work created in this genre. The book documents photographs, plans, drawings and sketches of some of the Kabakov’s ‚total’ installations which have been exhibited in the most famous museums in the world.

Other catalogues published in Russian language by KERBER VERLAG on the occasion of the Ilya and Emilia Kabakov retrospective in Moscow 2008:

„An Alternative History of Art“ ISBN 978-3-86678-198-6

„Life of Flies“ ISBN 978-3-86678-200-6

„The Red Vagon“ ISBN 978-3-86678-201-3


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"Ilya und Emilia Kabakov"

December 2005

ISBN 978-3-86678-199-3

34,00 x 24,00 cm

288 Pages

115 colored and 125 b/w illustrations

Hardcover with clothbound, bound

Languages: Russian

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Jonatan Feinberg

The illustrated book was published on the occasion of the 70th birthday of the artist and the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. Moscow Retrospective, 2008, Moscow.