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Early events in the Netherlands-Russia Year include an exhibition at the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, which opened on 1 Dec 2012. The scope of ‘Lissitzky – Kabakov’ takes in almost the whole of the 20th century, from the revolution of 1900 to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.
The juxtaposition of works by El Lissitzky, whose Constructivist philosophy influenced Bauhaus and De Stijl, as well as being a key shaping force in graphic design, and the Kabakovs, an artist couple whose critical view of the system continues to raise awkward questions, even in today’s Russia, makes for interesting tensions.
The exhibition offers a picture of past and present artistic perspectives on the Motherland and the current resurgence of rivalry with the West. In its efforts to contribute to overcoming mutual prejudice, the museum is also offering further information in the form of a website and a series of readings. From May 2013, the exhibition will then go on show in Russia.

Lissitzky – Kabakov: Utopia and Reality
Van Abbemuseum
Bilderdijklaan 10
5611 Eindhoven, Netherlands
1 Dec 2012 – 28 Apr 2013

Opening hours:
Tues to Sat, 11 am to 5 pm
Open until 9 pm on the first Thursday of the month
Closed on Mondays

Adults 10 euros
Concessions 5 euros
Children under 13 free

Further information:
Lissitzky – Kabakov Ausstellung
Ilya und Emilia Kabakov
Van Abbemuseum Eindhoven

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