B. 1957 in Cherven Briag, Bulgaria, lives and works in Sofia
Nedko Solakov is a storyteller par excellence. His Stories are told with humor and irony shown in cycles of drawings in ink on smaller format paper. In his narratives, Solakov deals with universal subjects as well as autobiographical elements. Here, the collapse of the communist system at the end of the 1980s proved to be a crucial moment in shaping his work. Since 1990, when he was presenting his work Top Secret, which was also on view in 2007 at documenta 12, Solakov has enjoyed an international reputation in the world of contemporary art.
Lone, 2018, series of 7 drawings
Sepia, black and white ink, and wash on
ca. 19 x 28 cm each
Nedko Solakov is currently shown in the exhibition HAEGUE YANG, ERIK DIETMAN AND NEDKO SOLAKOV at La Panacée, Montpellier, France, 13.10.2018 – 13.01.2019. Further international solo shows include BOZAR, Brussels (2018), Georg Kargl Fine Arts, Vienna (2016), Salzburger Kunstverein, Salzburg (2015), S.M.A.K., Gent and Museu de Arte Contemporanea Serralves, Porto, Portugal (2012), De Vleeshal, Middelburg, NL (2012), Galleria Borghese, Rome, Italy (2010), Institut Mathildenhoehe, Darmstadt, Germany (2009), Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, Switzerland (2009), Kunstmuseum Bonn, Germany (2008), Kunsthaus Zurich, Switzerland (2005), Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg (2003), the Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel (2003), Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain (2003), Museu do Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal (2002), Galerie Erna Hecey, Luxembourg (2002, 1997), Musée Nationale d’Historie et d’Art, Luxembourg (1998). Selected group exhibitions include Frans Hals Museum, Haarlem, NL (2018), Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg, Germany (2017), Museum der Moderne, Salzburg (2017), Kathmandu Triennale, Nepal (2017), Museum für Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main (2016), Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland (2016), Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (2914), Castello di Rivoli, Turin, Italy (2014), Kunstmuseum Bern, Switzerland (2013), KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2013), MUMOK, Vienna, Austria (2012), documenta 13 (2012), MMK, Frankfurt (2010), to only name a few. In 1999, he represented Bulgaria at the Venice Biennale.
Solakov’s work is part of numerous public collections, amongst them Casino Luxembourg - Forum d’art Contemporain, Luxembourg; Deutsche Bank Collection, Frankfurt am Main; Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, Paris; Institut Mathildenhoehe, Darmstadt; Haus Konstruktiv Zurich; Kunsthaus Zurich, Zurich; Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St. Gallen; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Ludwig Museum, Koblenz; Ludwig Museum, Budapest; Moderna Galerija, Ljubljana; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Stedelijk Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; The Israel Museum, Jerusalem; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The National Library, Luxembourg; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna.