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Van Abbemuseum Lissitzky – Kabakov exhibition goes to the Hermitage in St. Petersburg

The exhibition Lissitzky-Kabakov, Utopia and Reality, which was held in the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven from December 2012 to April 2013, will be on show in the State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg from 28 June. The works of the artists El Lissitzky (1890-1941) and Ilya (1933) and Emilia (1945) Kabakov will be on show in a number of rooms in the Winter Palace up to 25 August. The exhibition in Eindhoven was put together by the Kabakovs and it was the first time that their work could be seen together with that of Lissitzky. This completed the circle which started with the revolutions in the early years of the twentieth century and ended with the dramatic events in 1989. The confrontation between early Soviet art and that from the later Soviet era offered opportunities for a better understanding of the art and culture of the intervening period. In the exhibition in the Van Abbemuseum the works of Lissitzky and the Kabakovs were contrasted with each other every time in accordance with a particular theme. In St. Petersburg seven of the original eight themes are focused on. Just as in Eindhoven, loaned works can be seen from, amongst other places, the Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow, the Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Pompidou Centre in Paris and a number of private collections. A small number of loans were replaced by works from Russian collections. After St. Petersburg the exhibition will travel on to the Multimedia Art Museum (MAMM) in Moscow in September 2013.