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Michael Shvydkoj has drunk for conceptualist Ilya Kabakova

art - a banquet

last week in the Hermitage the exhibition of conceptual artist Ilya Kabakova which 17 years were not in Russia has opened. ALAIN`S observer - ANTONOVA became the witness of how during the closed supper in honour of a couple of Kabakovyh the head of Federal agency of culture and cinematography Michael Shvydkoj admitted that understands in Ilya Kabakova`s art " a little; but considers that to it has dropped out a great honour to sit at one table with the master of the modern art .
Ilya Kabakov, the guru of the Russian modern art (as it names critics and actually well artists all nowadays), the founder of a genre of total installation, together with the spouse and co-author Emiliej lives in the USA from the end 80 - h. The Moscow gallery Stella Art Gallery and Muzej Guggenhajma for the first time for these years have brought an exhibition of works of the master (the review see in from June, 24th) to St.-Petersburg. On the eve of its opening in one of the most expensive and fashionable restaurants of St.-Petersburg Taleon the closed supper on 70 persons in honour of a couple of Kabakovyh has taken place.
Behind a table Ilya Iosifovich complained to an observer that for some days while they with the spouse prepared an exhibition, and it was not possible to look at a city. though which - that we with Emiliej nevertheless have seen. Here literally today went to Mariinsky theatre on a premiere ` the Nose ` (Dmitry Shostakovich`s opera ` the Nose `. - ). Us even have planted in the first row. So it was inconvenient before other spectators because on the second branch we could not remain - it was necessary to go here, on a banquet .
as the Ringleader of a chamber feast Michael Shvydkoj acted. I Want to lift a toast for Ilya and Emiliju Kabakovyh! - there has begun mister Shvydkoj. - I the official who understands in Ilya Kabakova`s conceptualism a little. But my major principle - ` do not do much harm `. I do not want to stir to the modern art, my surname not Furtseva. And for me a great honour to sit at one table with the master of the modern art . Then the artist was welcomed by the director of the Hermitage Michael Piotrovsky, head Stella Art Gallery of Stella Kej, and behind them and other visitors.
is closer to the supper end in a hall sculptor Zurab Tsereteli has entered. Emilija Kabakova sitting opposite to an observer could not constrain emotions: About, this person! I heard that many at you consider as its worthy artist and the sculptor! He was invited by the Hermitage?! we will notice that next day when the turn in 1,5 thousand persons expected opening of an exhibition of artist Kabakova, has passed hearing that the beginning is detained on an hour from - that any of installations Zurab Konstantinovich bought.
the Supper has smoothly flowed in driving on a boat across Neva during which time in the attention centre there was a director of the Maryinsky Theater Valery Gergiev. It actively communicated with visitors while its young spouse modestly sat at a little table and thoughtfully looked out of the window, being treated with berries.
the next evening after exhibition opening there was other supper - at restaurant Restaurant already on 200 persons. Among those who has come to congratulate Ilya Kabakova, there was a director of Fund Guggenhajma Thomas Krents, writer Dmitry Prigov, set dresser Andrey Dmitrys, artists Victor Pivovarov (one day earlier in Russian museum the exhibition of mister Pivovarova which in Soviet period created together with mister Kabakovym has opened), Sergey Bugaev (Africa) and Vladislav Mamyshev - Monroe, head of a network fitness - centres World Class Olga Slutsker, the publisher of guidebooks Le pti fjute Pierre Broshe, culturologist Boris Grojs, and also numerous collectors from Europe and America.