The Happiest Man

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Ambika P3
The Happiest Man

University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
United Kingdom
March 27th, 2013 - April 21st, 2013
Opening: March 26th, 2013 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

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Variable. Open during exhibitions only, 10 am - 6 pm Mon - Sun


Sprovieri Gallery and Ambika P3 are delighted to present a major installation by internationally celebrated Russian artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov. influential pioneers of installation art. Staged by the artists in the monumental subterranean space of Ambika P3. The Happiest Man explores the fragile boundaries between reality and imagination, fact and fiction, life and art.

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov have collaborated over many years to make extraordinary installations - whole environments that fuse elements of the everyday with those of the imagination. With a light touch. they combine references to history. art, literature and philosophy, and often leave the spectator poised between utopia and disenchantment. nostalgia and marvel.

In The Happiest Man. the audience enters a large constructed cinema, with classic cinema chairs where clips are projected featuring rare Russian colour films of rural idyll from the 30's, 40's and 50's - scenes of happy people running. dancing and singing. Unexpectedly, within the cinema space, there is also a room, perfect in every detail, where in the mind of the artists lives ‘the happiest man‘ who continually watches the projected films on the screen though his window. The spectator can choose to sit in the main cinema. or enter the room and become ‘The Happiest Man‘ - immersed in the illusion, magic and distraction of the scenes that more than fill the domestic environment.