Nedko Solakov

Künstlerhaus Bethanien

Nedko Solakov’s installation Mr. Curator, please . . . , 1995, is the third in a series that this Bulgarian artist has devoted to the examination of the ways in which the apparatus of the museum exhibit foregrounds certain aspects of our culture and our institutions. Mr. Curator, please . . . reflects on the practice of collecting by drawing from the museum’s own holdings. The exhibition space, a chapel in Künstlerhaus Bethanien, was ideally suited to the artist’s desire to work against the grain of the art works it “collected.” The course Solakov laid out for us in the darkened chapel ended with a white, empty, brightly lit pedestal, which ultimately served as a place-holder for what is always missing from any version of art history.

In the first part of the show, Solakov spun a tale about the relation between exhibitions and curators. As in real life, in Solakov’s narrative several donors

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