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Pravdoliub Ivanov, Just Because, 2011, acrylic and lacquer on cardboard, 39 3/8 x 27 1/2".

Pravdoliub Ivanov

Le Guern Gallery

Pravdoliub Ivanov, Just Because, 2011, acrylic and lacquer on cardboard, 39 3/8 x 27 1/2".

The first Warsaw exhibition by Bulgarian artist Pravdoliub Ivanov was announced by the Polish word PÓŁPRAWDA, “half-truth,” whose upper portion could be read above the bridge between two parts of the apartment building in the center of the Polish capital that houses the Le Guern Gallery. This inscription, made of self-adhesive foil, is one part of a thus-titled two-element work, 1999/2011. The lower half, made of painted cardboard, was displayed on the gallery wall, so close to the ceiling that it seemed to be vanishing into it. For Ivanov, showing the word half-truth in two locations is an important way to explore public reactions to this slogan in the different contexts of the street and the art gallery. He has previously shown this installation in various countries, always in their local languages. While the outdoor installation tended to be read politically, the artist told

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