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Nedko Solakov

Bulgarian, b. 1957

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Nedko Solakov

Bulgarian, b. 1957

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European contemporary artist Nedko Solakov has produced a wide variety of drawings, paintings, performances, and installations in which he uses humor and absurdity to critically question art institutions and practices, as well as societal norms and expectations. Trained in classical mural painting, Solakov combines his traditional education with conceptual practices to create sharp-witted works. In a seminal piece and cathartic act of disclosure, titled Top Secret (1989), Solakov filled a small chest with cards detailing his collaborations with the Bulgarian secret police as a youth. Reacting to the controversy that arose over the work and the shocking confession it contained, Solakov wrote, “Only he or she who can overcome his or her fears can be a true artist.”

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Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
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Tate, and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
Biography

European contemporary artist Nedko Solakov has produced a wide variety of drawings, paintings, performances, and installations in which he uses humor and absurdity to critically question art institutions and practices, as well as societal norms and expectations. Trained in classical mural painting, Solakov combines his traditional education with conceptual practices to create sharp-witted works. In a seminal piece and cathartic act of disclosure, titled Top Secret (1989), Solakov filled a small chest with cards detailing his collaborations with the Bulgarian secret police as a youth. Reacting to the controversy that arose over the work and the shocking confession it contained, Solakov wrote, “Only he or she who can overcome his or her fears can be a true artist.”

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Blue chip status
Blue chip representation
Represented by internationally reputable galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 7 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 4 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 7 more
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