Nedko Solakov

Emotions (Without Masks)

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Nedko Solakov
Emotions (Without Masks)

Ed. Ralf Beil, text(s) by Nedko Solakov, foreword by Ralf Beil, graphic design by Nadine Schmidt

German, English

2010. 278 pp., 142 ills.

softcover

14.50 x 10.70 cm

ISBN 978-3-7757-2565-1

Inventive and cryptically humorous, Nedko Solakov shifts the focus to the unusual elements of art exhibitions

The Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt was supposed to be the third station of the large-scale tour of Nedko Solakov’s exhibition Emotions (Without Masks). Yet the artist came up with a completely new installation. The original works remained in their shipping crates, while entirely new, never-before-seen “emotions” saw the light of day and took over the abandoned architecture from the previous Masks exhibition. Inventive and cryptically humorous, the artist shifts the normally almost invisible, basic elements of the exhibition—nails in display cases, holes drilled in the wall, cast shadows—into the front and center position. In this way, Solakov brilliantly circumvents our expectation that art should always be something grand—spectacular at best, or at least plainly visible and perfectly exhibited. In this Gesamtkunstwerk, art itself blossoms best when hidden.

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About Nedko Solakov

Since the beginning of the 1990s, Nedko Solakov (born 1957, Tcherven Briag, Bulgaria; lives in Sofia) has exhibited extensively in Europe and the United States. More about Nedko Solakov in the Hatje Cantz art dictionary »

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