Kontakt Sofia… Works from the Kontakt Art Collection

Exhibition, 22 October – 27 November 2011
Opening: 21 October, 6 pm
Sofia City Art Gallery, 1 Gurko Str., Sofia 1000, Bulgaria

Opening remarks by Christine Böhler, Walter Seidl & Maria Vassileva
Curators: Maria Vassileva, Walter Seidl

The exhibition at the Sofia City Gallery presents a large part of the Kontakt Art Collection, which aims to bring together some of the most important artworks from Central, Eastern and Southeastern Europe and to draw parallels between the various conceptual art practices which have evolved since the 1960s. The varied practices of the artists represented by Kontakt demonstrate how questions that were tackled within the international art world were restated and reformulated according to the respective social conditions, despite an often repressive system. It is the aim of this exhibition to raise several of the questions which are essential to the reconsideration of artistic practices in a pan-European context and to call for new modes of artistic representation.

Artists: Paweł Althamer (PL), Geta Brătescu (RO), Luchezar Boyadjiev (BG), Carola Dertnig (A), VALIE EXPORT(A), Stano Filko (SK), Gorgona (HR), Ion Grigorescu (RO), Marina Gržinić/Aina Šmid (SLO), IRWIN (SLO), Sanja Iveković (HR), Šejla Kamerić (BIH), Julije Knifer (HR), Július Koller (SK), Jiří Kovanda (CZ), Edward Krasiński (PL), Katalin Ladik (SRB), Kazimir Malevich (SRB), Vlado Martek (HR), Dalibor Martinis (HR), Ivan Moudov (BG), Natalia LL (PL), OHO (SLO), Roman Ondák (SK), Tanja Ostojić (SRB), Neša Paripović (SRB), Boryana Rossa (BG), Kateřina Šeda (CZ), Mladen Stilinović (HR), Raša Todosijević (SRB), Peter Weibel (A), Artur Żmijewski (PL)

Kontakt Art Collection, established in 2004, is an association for the Promotion of Central, Eastern and Southeast European Art with a focus on artistic activities since the late 1950s. The members are BCR, Česká spořitelna, Erste Bank Croatia, Erste Bank Hungary, ERSTE Foundation, Erste Group Holding, Slovenská sporiteľňa. Purchases are made under the guidance of an independent art advisory committee.


Picture: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Hometown, 1998