Incident in the Corridor near the Kitchen

Concept drawing, 1995, watercolor, colored pencil, lead pencil and felt pen, 23,2 x 28,7 cm, signed and dated bottom right

YEAR: 1989



The artist

Collection Robert and Melissa Soros, New York


Paris, Galerie de France
Ilya Kabakov. Que sont ces petits hommes? 19 Jan 1989 — 4 Mar 1989

Hamburg, Deichtorhallen
Ilya Kabakov. Der Lesesaal – Bilder, Leporellos und Zeichnungen 19 Apr 1996 — 28 Jul 1996

(as part of No 90, The Reading Room)

East Hampton, Guild Hall Museum
Ilya Kabakov. The Reading Room 28 Jun 1997 — 27 Jul 1997

(as part of No 112, The Palace of Culture in Fryasino (The Reading Room)

Annandale-on-Hudson, Center for Curatorial Studies Museum
Ilya Kabakov: 1969-1998 25 Jun 2000 — 3 Sep 2000

Tate Modern, London, UK Museum
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future, 18 Oct 2017 – 28 Jan 2018

The State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, and the Tretyakov Gallery, Moscow
Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Not Everyone Will Be Taken into the Future, 2018


See No 90, 112


The installation is a part of the corridor of a communal apartment, or rather, one of the walls of the corridor. Its lower part to a height of 170 cm is covered over with old brownishpink ‘bourgeois’ wallpaper. The floor is covered with dirty, old sheets of cardboard. Two paintings depicting, in a dilettante fashion, a landscape with pine trees, mountains, etc. are hanging on the wall. The entire space in front of the viewer and the wall is filled with things suspended in the air: teapots, pans, mugs, and other kitchen utensils. The impression is created that all of these objects are flying in various directions along the corridor like some sort of enormous flies, and many, the same kind of flies, have landed and covered over the entire surface of the paintings hanging on the wall. In this way, the paintings are ‘spotted’ with pots, bowls, frying pans, etc.


A small corridor near a communal kitchen…

As a rule, there is never just one corridor in a communal apartment. There is usually another one, shorter than the first and at an angle to it, which leads us to the kitchen. This corridor is especially repulsive, unpleasant. You want to run through it as quickly as possible because the doors to what in the language of the communal apartment is called ‘sanitary conveniences’ also open into this corridor. The toilet and the bath are called ‘conveniences.’ These are places which cause passions to become particularly inflamed (if we don’t consider, of course, the communal kitchen), where everything is so electrified that anything at all could happen. The horror, the nightmare of the communal apartment achieves its greatest concentration in this place. Communal hell exists here in its most condensed form…



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