EXHIBITIONS

Luchezar Boyadjiev: "Re-building the World of Images. 1991-2019”
30/06/2020 - 27/09/2020 MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

 

Luchezar Boyadjiev: "Re-building the World of Images. 1991-2019”

June 30 – September 27, 2020

MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections

Luchezar Boyadjiev is among the most prominent artists, born and based in Bulgaria. An author with extensive international practice, he is a public figure with a clear critical stance on the Balkan and international art scene. As an artist, curator, lecturer, and a founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia, he contributes to establishing new definitions of art and practice, to new discourses and to the emancipation of a younger generation of artists in his home country.

The first museum show of the artist in Greece manifests nearly 30 years of creative practice, while featuring works from the early 1990s until the present. Among the works presented across the vast, sprawling two floors of the MOMus-Museum of Contemporary Art-Macedonian Museum of Contemporary Art and State Museum of Contemporary Art Collections in Thessaloniki, Greece are essential and rarely exhibited works from various collections, those earliest works created in the chaotic times of euphoria and hopes for change following the 1989 fall of the Berlin Wall. Many were exhibited in major international exhibitions, by now awarded a historic aura, such as: Beyond Belief: Contemporary Art from East Central Europe (1995-97) at the MCA in Chicago and the ICA in Philadelphia; After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe (1999-2000) in Stockholm’s Moderna Museet, Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof, and Budapest’s Ludwig Museum; Blood & Honey / Future’s in the Balkans (2003) in Vienna, among many other shows that marked historical events and stages in the recognition of the Other in art. Over the years, Luchezar Boyadjiev has participated in numerous biennials, group exhibitions, conferences and residencies spanning from Sao Paulo to Gwangju, and from Santa Fe to Singapore, as well as most everywhere in Europe. His works are part of museum, corporate and private collections worldwide.

Luchezar Boyadjiev is one of the first in his generation of artists that have put down the foundations of contemporary art in Bulgaria after the mid-80s. With background in art history and theory, Boyadjiev creates art that defies both traditional norms and the social conditions of his country; in his work the whole ambivalence of the socialist past is put in relation to global changes. His media is everything from drawings and painting, to photography, installations, video and his, by now famous (Schadenfreude) guided tours/performances in various cities, and art exhibitions.

This exhibition is part of the larger focus of the -Museum of Contemporary Art programs on the Balkans region and its artists and contexts.

Curated by Iara Boubnova and Theodore Markoglou.