• Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi (The Present is Too Short and Rather Tight)
    14 Feb −11 March 2018

    Sofia City Gallery, Bulgaria Luchezar Boyadjiev. Sic Transit Media Mundi (The Present is Too Short and Rather Tight) 14/02 –  11/03/18 Curators: Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva, Vladiya Mihaylova and Daniela Radeva. Loan by Kontakt: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Home/Town, 1998/2018 (K321) Luchezar Boyadjiev is among the most prominent contemporary Bulgarian artists. A founding member of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Sofia and an author with an extensive international practice, Boyadjiev is a public figure with a particularly significant critical stance in the Bulgarian art scene. As an artist, curator, lecturer, he contributes to the establishing of new definitions and art practices in the country. This exhibition is his first retrospective in Bulgaria, which shows his experience of over 20 years of creative practice. It features works from the early 1990s until the present day, among them author's replicas and reconstructions of essential and rarely exhibited works. On display will be some of the artist's earliest works created in the chaotic times of euphoria and hopes for change immediately following the 1989 events. They have been exhibited primarily outside the country, and have been included in international historical exhibitions such as "Beyond Belief: Contemporary Art from East Central Europe", 1995, “After the Wall: Art and Culture in Post-Communist Europe”, 1999, “Blood & Honey / Future’s in the Balkans”, 2003, and many more. Over the years, the artist has participated in biennials, group exhibitions and conferences spanning from Sao Paulo to Santa Fe and Gwangju as well as almost everywhere in Europe. His works are part of many museum collections worldwide, the largest part of them in Bulgaria being owned by the Sofia City Art Gallery in its collection of contemporary art. Luchezar Boyadjiev’s entire creative work represents an accurate, richly humourous, knowledgeable and critical visual study of the present. It reveals his extensive knowledge of the Bulgarian and international history of art as well as of the current problems of modernity. His works are related to the reorganization of social, ideological and religious power hierarchies, with the shift in values and a study of the relationships between personal and public space, global and local territories, with the search for the points of intersection of capitalism and democracy, consumerism and the new lifestyle patterns. The artist is interested in the issues of the memory and the past that defines the profile of various locations and circumstances, but also in possible projections into the future. His works bring the two vectors together to shape the identity of the present.


Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation

Association for the Promotion of Central, East and Southeast European Art

Am Belvedere 1
1100 Vienna


  • Kathrin Rhomberg, Chairwoman
  • Andreas Huber (Erste Group Bank AG)
  • Christine Böhler, Chairwoman (2009 – 2013)
  • Boris Marte, Chairman (2004 – 2009)
  • Wolfgang Schopf (2004 – 2011)


  • Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR)
  • Ceská spořitelna
  • Erste Bank Croatia
  • Erste Bank Hungary
  • ERSTE Foundation
  • Erste Group Bank AG
  • Slovenská sporitel’ňa

Art Advisory Committee

  • Silvia Eiblmayr
  • Georg Schöllhammer
  • Jiří Ševčík
  • Branka Stipančić
  • Adam Szymczyk


Artistic Director

  • Kathrin Rhomberg

Collection Curator

Head of Program and Production

Head of Collection Management

Archives and Administration

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is a non-profit art association based in Vienna. Its purpose is the support and promotion of Central, East and Southeast European Art.

Kontakt. The Art Collection of Erste Group and ERSTE Foundation is responsible for the Art in Architecture-project “The Canaletto View” (curated by Kathrin Rhomberg & Pierre Bal-Blanc) of Erste Group Bank AG at the Erste Campus in Vienna, Austria.