Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The House of Dreams

Fantasy and daydreams

Serpentine Gallery

19 Oct 2005 to 8 Jan 2006

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: The House of Dreams

Admission Free

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov create ‘total installations’ that are all-encompassing environments, in which viewers can find themselves completely absorbed by the atmosphere of the work.

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Since the early 1990s, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have collaborated to make complex installations that combine references to history, art, literature and philosophy. Much of their work has revolved around the creation of fictional characters and elaborate situations, and an interest in storytelling and fantasy underpins their art.

For their exhibition The House of Dreams at the Serpentine Gallery, the artists designed a new installation that responded to the tranquillity of the gallery’s setting within Kensington Gardens, employing walls, staircases, freestanding structures and white curtains to section off cubicle-like spaces replete with beds on which visitors could repose. Transforming the Serpentine Gallery in this way created a series of distinct meditative spaces, encouraging visitors to enter into a world of fantasy and daydreams.

 

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Fantasy and daydreams

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

2005
Installation view from the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: House of Dreams, Serpentine Gallery, London (19 October 2005 - 8 January 2006)
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

2005
Installation view from the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: House of Dreams, Serpentine Gallery, London (19 October 2005 - 8 January 2006)
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

2006
Installation view from the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: House of Dreams, Serpentine Gallery, London (19 October 2005 - 8 January 2006)
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

2005
Installation view from the exhibition Ilya and Emilia Kabakov: House of Dreams, Serpentine Gallery, London (19 October 2005 - 8 January 2006)