press release

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…
from the Art Collection Telekom
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022
The Palace

Nevin Aladağ, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Geta Brătescu, Jasmina Cibic, EQUALS Collective, Petra Feriancová, Ksenia Gnylytska, Ion Grigorescu, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Klára Hosnedlová, Vladimír Houdek, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Hristina Ivanoska, Sanja Iveković, Nikita Kadan, Šejla Kamerić, Lito Kattou, Luka Kedžo, Vlado Martek, Radenko Milak, Şükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondak, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Marko Tadić, Slavs and Tatars, Krassimir Terziev, Roman Uranjek, Martina Vacheva, Little Warsaw

Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.

The curators Boryana Valchanova and Martina Yordanova chose the topics of politics and media, which complement each other. The artworks relating to the first theme deal with war, pain, censorship, absurdity, poverty, sexual orientation, emancipation, and the influence of institutions—all relationships and actions that have defined our lives in recent years—with the interpretation of the artists ranging from literal to metaphorical. The second subject reflects the relationship between the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe and mass media, their change and impact on society, lifestyle, and the issues they place on the agenda. The means of expression range from conventional forms to video and installation. The title of the exhibition clearly shows that art, especially contemporary art, wants to communicate with us on numerous topics. It is a means of communication in the reality in which we live, share, and create together.