I Want to Go Back!



YEAR: 1998



Collection of the artist


See No 118


Antwerp, M HKA, Museum van Hedendaagse Kunst Antwerpen
16 Installaties, 17 Apr 1998 — 23 Aug 1998 (as part of No 118, 16 Installations, Room 10, there mentioned as Reverse)

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


A structure, the upper part of which represents a bust of a woman with its lower part being her enormous skirt flowing down to the floor, stands in the middle of the hall but closer to the wall, although not right up against it. This skirt has a four-corner shape, or more precisely, it looks like a cube. In the front part of this ‘cube’, the skirt forms a crevice, in the manner of a parted curtain in a theater. Having pushed aside the curtain, one may enter inside. When the viewer enters, he finds himself in a small ‘room,’ the walls, floor, and ceiling of which are covered with the same material that is a bit soft like upholstery for seats, chairs.

In the middle of the ‘room’ is a table and chair. A light-bulb on a cord is lowered over the table (25-watt, without a lamp-shade). There is a book lying on the table, a children’s book with cute illustrations, everyone can recall such a text and drawings from their childhood. You can sit down on the chair and get lost in reading.



1998Megan BartonComment