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Ilya Kabakov

Two Friends, 1992 / Citation, 1992, 1992

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Silkscreened acid-free cardboard box with two plastic flies and a paper script
(in Russian) attached, English and
German translations provided,
2 x 4 1/2 x 5 5/8” (5,2 x 11,5 x 14,4 cm),
Ed. 50/XX, signed and numbered

Silkscreened picture and plastic fly
mounted on paper and cardboard in
hand-printed passe-partout,
wood frame with acrylic glass,
13 5/8 x 9 1/2 x 1” (34,7 x 24,2 x 2,5 cm),
printed by Lorenz Boegli, Zurich,
Ed. 50/XX, signed and numbered

“To be a fly is not to be a somebody; it means to be in some condition.” Two parables about existence play on the ready analogies to be made between the life of humans and the life of flies.


“No one travels more these days than Ilya Kabakov. And in no one else’s work are the suction of finite spaces and the vacuum of infinite spaces more powerfully felt or more deftly shown to be two aspects of the same uncanny force.” Robert Storr Parkett No. 34, 1992