Friday, June 15, 2007

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov

The highlight of this visit to Venice was an interview and portrait session with Ilya and Emilia Kabakov at the Hotel Danieli for the inflight magazine of Swiss airlines. When asked how it felt to be ranked as one of the ten most influential world living artists, Emilia Kabakov didn't flinch an eye and simply replied : "I ignore it ! " "Opinions are for others." This time the Kabakov where showing a rather charming installation on the Gran Canale facing the Dogana and the Piazza San Marco, a boat hoisting sails made of drawings by venetian children. The same concept will be exported to China and displayed during the Olympic games.

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