One of Ilya Kabakov's most famous and influential albums from the 10 Characters series, which he produced in the early 1970s as an unofficial artist working in Moscow.  This edition was issued in 1994-1996.


Kabakov's major output during the 1970s consisted of albums like this one:  collections of drawings and text assembled in "books" of 30 to 100 pages each and performed for friends and fellow artists at Kabakov's famous Sretensky Boulevard attic studio.  The 10 Characters albums were the first of this genre Kabakov created and remain the most influential on  his later work and on Russian contemporary art in general.  This series of albums can be seen as a turning point for Kabakov. The ten albums tell ten fables: they suggest ten positions from which Homo Sovieticus can react to his world, ten psychological attitudes, ten perspectives on emptiness, ten parodies of the aesthetic traditions through which Kabakov evolved his vocabulary, ten aspects of Kabakov’s personality.

The 10 Characters albums have been exhibited individually and collectively in museums around the world; the originals are in the collections of the Centre Pompidou in Paris. A two-volume catalogue was printed in 1995 to accompany exhibitions in the contemporary art museums of Helsinki and Oslo.


Looking Out of the Window Arkipov

Anna Petrovna Has a Dream

Sitting in a Closet Primakov

The Agonizing Surikov

The Decorator Malagin

The Flying Komarov

The Generous Barmin

The Joker Gorokhov

The Mathematical Gorsky

The Released Gavrilov