The exhibition ABC. Contemporary Belgian Art is part of the intercultural and educational project A Digital Take on Contemporary Art. It will be presented at the Sofia City Art Gallery, simultaneously with the exhibition Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts at the National Academy of Art.
This is the first event of its kind, introducing the Bulgarian public to two fascinating and highly creative art scenes which are representative of contemporary artistic processes. The one scene is Belgium, a country emblematic of contemporary challenges with its many artists who have always been at the forefront of avant-garde art. The other scene is Les Fresnoy, the National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France inspired by Bauhaus, which has gained international acclaim and influence.
ABC. Contemporary Belgian Art is an exhibition that does not claim to be a comprehensive portrayal of the diversity of the contemporary art scene in Belgium. It focuses on video and photography. These are areas in which Belgium has been excelling over the last twenty years. The exhibition presents key artists from major Belgian cities (Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Liège) who have influenced the development of contemporary European art. It is an illustration of the curatorial idea that at first sight incompatible trends coexist in Belgium – such as minimalism and conceptualism, parallel with a playful, post-Dadaist art with a lively sense of humour. The exhibition comes to Sofia after being shown at Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts.
The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.
Organizers: Patrick Sandrin, Culture and Development Foundation, and Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts.
In partnership with:
Sofia Municipality, National Academy of Art, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of France, Institut Français, Societe Generale Expressbank, Technopolis.