PLUS TWO | Contemporary art from Bulgaria and Romania

June 1 – August 26, 2007
MKM Museum Küppersmühle for Modern Art

From June1 to August 26, 2007 the MKM is showcasing key positions across the artistic landscape of Bulgaria and Romania. Represented in this selection are internationally acclaimed artists, together with influential protagonists of the national art scenes and newcomers. On view are works by Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Oda Jaune, Kiril Prashkov, Svetlin Roussev and Nedko Solakov from Bulgaria, and by Marius Bercea, Dumitru Gorzo, Gili Mocanu, Ramona Raus and Ioan Sbârciu from Romania. Intended to mark Bulgaria‘s and Romania‘s recent accession to the EU, the exhibition opens on 31 May at 8 pm.

This survey of the artistic output of both countries is, at the same time, based on a – quiet personal – appraisal by the exhibition’s artistic commissioner and its two curators. What is taking place in the art scenes of these two countries? Which artistic centres are in the ascendancy, and which substantive and media-specific themes are emerging? Which artists are already of decisive influence and which warrant introduction?

It is with these questions in mind, that the Commissioner of the exhibition, Markus Lüpertz, and the two curators Iara Boubnova and Liviana Dan have made their selection. For a number of years, Markus Lüpertz has held a professorship at the Academy of Art in Cluj; Iara Boubnova is an internationally renowned curator and, among her other posts, is Director of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia and Liviana Dan is an art critic and engaged as a curator ar the Brukenthalmuseum in Sibiu, to name just some of her activities.