For its participation at Viennacontemporary 2018 the key Bulgarian gallery SARIEV Contemporary presents a solo booth of the gallery represented artist Luchezar Boyadjiev, showcasing some of his most important historic works from the 1990s which have been included in his recent museum retrospective exhibition in Bulgaria “Sic Transit Media Mundi (The Present is Too Short and Rather Tight)”.
In the words of Austrian curator Walter Seidl, “Luchezar Boyadjiev belongs to that first generation of artists who laid the groundwork for Bulgaria’s contemporary art scene during the mid-1980s. Luchezar Boyadjiev was trained as an art historian and theorist, he set out to create art that questions traditional symbols of power and religion as well as the social conditions in his home country with respect to global developments and the virtual world.”
Some of the works included in the presentation at viennacontemporary have already been shown at international forums – such are How many nails in a mouth? (1992-1995) and White mouse on white background (1995), which were first exhibited at “Orient/ation”, the 4th Istanbul Biennial, curated by René Block in 1995. However, this would be the first more thorough presentation of his work at the international fair.
Key work for the presentation at viennacontemporary is Alice’s Hole or the Swamp of Marx-Leninist Aesthetics, 1991 – a mixed media installation, which, according to the artist’s words, “tells the “story” of the birth-and-life of a socialist-realist artist from before 1989 in mirrored images – born like Venus in the Botticelli painting with putty-angels overseeing the event, the artist is penis-less, his wife is… lonely, he is monitored by officials and when finally he conceives of something – it’s of twin babies fighting with boxing gloves while still in their mother’s womb”.
Throughout his long path as a professional artist, Luchezar Boyadjiev has participated in numerous exhibitions, residencies and presentations around the world. His works are part of prestigious collections such as Arteast 2000+ Collection – Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; Contemporary Art Museum of Kumamoto, Japan; National Art Gallery, Tirana; Museum of Contemporary Art, Skopje; MUSA Museum, Vienna; René Block Collection, Berlin; EPO (European Patent Office) Collection, Munich; EVN collection, Vienna; Kontakt Collection of the Erste Group, Vienna; Sofia City Art Gallery and National Gallery of Art, Sofia; ARTER –Collection of the Vehbi Koç Foundation (VKF), Istanbul; Gaudenz B. Ruf Collection, Zurich; Hoenthal und Bergen Collection, Berlin and others
SARIEV Contemporary’s presentation at Viennacontemporary 2018 will also include presentation of the bilingual book Introduction to Bulgarian Contemporary Art (1982-2015) by art historian Vessela Nozharova. The publication, which was commissioned by SARIEV Contemporary and Open Arts Foundation, is the first comprehensive overview of the country’s contemporary art scene.
SARIEV Contemporary is a multigenerational gallery considered one of the essential places for discovering contemporary art in Bulgaria. SARIEV Contemporary was founded by Katrin Sarieva and Vesselina Sarieva in 2011 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria's second largest city. The gallery's activities have always extended beyond its physical space, as evidenced by the large number of satellite projects and educational initiatives in SARIEV's history.
For more information, please contact Vesselina Sarieva v[email protected]