The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (The Garbage Man) () by Ilya and Emilia Kabakov on Fine Art Biblio, a single source for art research and. The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away borrows its title from an installation of the same name in Ilya Kabakov’s Ten Characters (). Ilya Kabakov has 10 ratings and 1 review. This is the first comprehensive monograph on an important contemporary artist, one who has come to represent th.

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The viewer is inside something that resembles a stateowned communal apartment, a kommunalka, from the former Soviet Union. Here one gets a sense of what the atmosphere and the quality of life was like in this milieu. The installation consists of three rooms that are reminiscent of a loft, where rubbish has been accumulating over many years.

Gradually as one moves further into the installation, one notices that all of the trash is carefully catalogued and archived. The objects are a mix of things the artist took with him from the old communist state and things he has found since he moved to the West.


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Like a melancholic he attempts to hold tight to the past and invoke reminiscences from a life lived. In this way he imbues these objects with value.

The time-consuming, tedious and repetitive work attests to reflecting on human consumption.

Why is it that some things are thrown away while others are preserved and cared for as treasures? Kabakov ponders the narrow boundary between what is considered valuable and that which is discarded. The objects in this installation, which were previously considered junk, have now become treasures on display in museums behind protective glass. anytuing

Such kommunalkas began cropping up after the Russian Revolution inwhen all manner of residential buildings were converted into collective living quarters where people were jumbled together. The Garbage Man could have lived in such a quasi-surrealist community. All manner of junk and debris, whether items he has used himself or rubbish he has found, occupy almost the entire living space.

The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away (The Garbage Man) | Ilya and Emilia Kabakov | Fine Art Biblio

The Garbage Man has painstakingly catalogued, ordered, and put these items in their allotted place, while furniture, clothes, and household articles have merely been tossed together in large heaps along the walls. The installation expresses the heroism of everyday life, where the misery of lower-middleclass existence is contrasted with the hollow pathos of communist ideals.


The artist makes himself kabzkov advocate of the common man, the one whose voice is never heard and whose deeds are ignored by the writers of history. Collections — home Highlights Highlights. Art from Antiquity to Highlights. Art from to the Present Highlights.

Ilya Kabakov: The Man Who Never Threw Anything Away

Highlights from the Collection The Royal Costume Collection in o Explore the Collection Acquisitions Exhibition Archive Norsk Nasjonalmuseet. Download image file License: Installasjon Materials and techniques: Ervervet Object no.: Komplekst objekt Owner and collection: Fattig kunst – rik arv. Arte Povera og parallelle praksiser – NOR—