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Celebrated artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov to present “The Strange City” at Monumenta 2014, Grand Palais, Paris

For Monumenta’s sixth edition, running from May 10 through June 22, 2014, Russian-born artists Ilya and Emilia Kabakov will invite viewers to explore the maze of an imaginary town: The Strange City.

Commenting on the installation, Emilia Kabakov said, “Some years ago, someone asked us if we thought that art could influence politics. We answered no. Our opinion has not changed but during all these years, we have worked with ideas based around the imaginary and utopia. We sincerely believe that art, which occupies an important place in our culture, can change the way we think, we dream and we act. It can change the way we live. This time, we would like to create more than an installation; we would like to conceive something very different: constructing The Strange City is to insist on the experience rather than on the form of a project; it is to ask you to slow down in your real life, to call on your emotions, on your senses and on your memories. We invite you to come to the Grand Palais to enter The Strange City, a fantastic space born of a collective imagination, and to think and reflect about art, about culture, about the daily life and about our present and our future.”

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