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  • 20

    May 2010
  • 03

    October 2010
Rome, Uccelliera di Villa Borghese  

The fourth exhibition of the project COMMITTENZE CONTEMPORANEE: a collaboration among Galleria Borghese, Fondazione MAXXI and UniCredit

On the 20th of May 2010 the exhibition "NEDKO SOLAKOV, The Passage (a commissioned art work's story)" will open at the Uccelliera di Villa Borghese.


This is the fourth of ten exhibitions of Committenze Contemporanee, the project created by Anna Coliva, to invite the public to know, experience and reflect on the important heritage of the Galleria Borghese collection.


Ten exhibitions were designed in order to understand the past through the works of contemporary artists. Their works, especially created for this project, do not show the same content, style or language of the work of the masters they are associated with but they should share only conceptual references, for the element that unites the artists of the past with those of the present is the concept of commissioning.


The protagonist of the fourth exhibition is the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov, a key figure on the international scene, who also exhibited at numerous events including the 52nd Venice Biennale and at Documenta 12 in Kassel. Solakov will create an installation which, like the previous projects by Vedovamazzei, Giulio Paolini and Hans Op de Beeck, will be given on a long-term loan basis by UniCredit to Fondazione MAXXI of Rome in order to make up a consistent nucleus within the Museum collection.


The Passage (a commissioned art work's story) project by Nedko Solakov was especially created for Committenze Contemporanee. The work is a reflection on the ideal  encounter between two masters from the history of art, which took place in the great exhibition at the Galleria Borghese on Caravaggio and Bacon, which closed recently. The Solakov project is the result of a series of events following the artist from the moment of the commission to the public display of the work. The production of the work is bound up in a highly personal event in the life of the artist (the recent loss of his father). The "passage" which the public will be made part of is thus the telling of the particularly intense historic moment that Nedko Solakov has undergone over the last few months, marked by a deep reflection on the sense of life and death, on the past and future. The installation is made up of paintings, resting on painter's easels, on the two sides of the Uccelliera, accompanied by the joyful presence of characteristic "fellows", symbols of an optimistic and ironic outlook.


The exhibition, curated by Laura Barreca on behalf of the Fondazione MAXXI, will last till October 3rd, 2010.

(Photo: Nedko Solakov, The Passage (a commissioned art work's story), 2010, mixed media, dimensions variable, UniCredit Collection, courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano/Beijing/Le Moulin)



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