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Nedko Solakov, Who’s More Important, 2010, metal, wood, paint, trash, permanent felt-tip pen, handwritten text, 31 1/2 x 61 3/8 x 61".

Nedko Solakov

Galleria Civica di Trento

Nedko Solakov, Who’s More Important, 2010, metal, wood, paint, trash, permanent felt-tip pen, handwritten text, 31 1/2 x 61 3/8 x 61".

On the program for Nedko Solakov, starting last fall, has been a retrospective exhibition at four European museums—first at the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham, UK, now at the Fondazione Galleria Civica in Trento, Italy, and coming up at SMAK in Ghent, Belgium, and the Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Serralves in Porto, Portugal. The show’s concept calls for each year of the artist’s activity, from 1981 to 2010, to be documented by one work or series of works chosen by the curators of each exhibition venue. Each location thus presents different work, but there are some overlaps, since the curators have in some instances coincided in their choices. Nor is the rule of one work per year followed to the letter: Indeed, the title of the overall exhibition and the monumental catalogue that accompanies it is “All in Order, with Exceptions.”

This methodological elasticity, however, does

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