• Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective
    22 December 2017 − 10 March 2018

    Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia Poetry & Performance / The Eastern European Perspective 22/12/17 –  10/03/18 Loans by Kontakt: Vlado Martek: Ciklus Soneti / Sonnet Cycle, 1978-79 Raša Todosijević: Znak / Sign, 1971; Skulptura / Sculpture, 1971; Was ist Kunst, Patricia Hennings? / What is Art, Patricia Hennings?, 1976; Was ist Kunst, Marinela Koželj? / What is Art, Marinela Koželj?, 1978 Tamás St. Auby: Kentaur / Centaur, 1973-1975/ 2009 Curators: Sabine Hänsgen, Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň Nová synagóga in Žilina presents the exhibition Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective curated by Tomáš Glanc, Daniel Grúň and Sabine Hänsgen. The exhibition brings together more than forty artists, poets and creative groups from the countries of the former Eastern Europe as well as contemporary artistic positions. The exhibition will be opened on December 22nd from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. by a series of several performances and will run until March 10th 2018. In the second half of the twentieth century, poets and artists in particular took up the challenge of reflecting on and investigating the instrumentalization of language for communicative and political-ideological purposes. They did so by drawing attention to the “made-ness” of language, its material and medial dimension, and by creating performative situations for themselves and their audiences within which possibilities of verbal expression could be tested and acted out. In Eastern Europe, poetry and performance played a significant role in the unofficial or partially tolerated cultural scene. The writing practice of samizdat and its relation to the devices of concrete and visual poetry have been treated and presented in a number of previous projects. Until now however, less consideration has been given to the circumstances of performance. In addition to the typescript literature of samizdat, subcultural milieus attached particular importance to the oral recitation of poems, exhibitions, and poetry actions. The interrelation between text and situation in poetic acts functioned as a trigger for performances and happenings. The exhibition presents authors from subcultures in socialist states along with contemporary positions that continue the legacy of combining poetry and performance. It shows the efforts of poets and artists to break free from controlled language and normative communicative now and then. Poetry & Performance. The Eastern European Perspective thus confronts the current social challenges in the post-socialist countries through the prism of language and ideology and looks back at their points of departure. Artists: Milan Adamčiak, Pavel Arsenev, Babi Badalov, Bosch+Bosch (Attila Csernik, Slavko Matković, László Szalma), Collective Actions Group, Ľubomír Ďurček, Else Gabriel / Via Lewandowsky, Rimma Gerlovina, Tomislav Gotovac, Group of Six Artists, Bohumila Grögerová / Josef Hiršal, Gino Hahnemann, Václav Havel, Jörg Herold, Semyon Khanin (Orbita), Kinship Moho (Zuzana Jasenková, Kristína Országhová, Magdaléna Scheryová), Dávid Koronczi, Katalin Ladik, Yuri Leiderman / Andrey Silvestrov, Vlado Martek, Andrei Monastyrski, Monogramista T.D, Ladislav Novák, Pavel Novotný, NSRD (Hardijs Lediņš, Juris Boiko, Imants Žodžiks), OHO Group (Nuša & Srečo Dragan, Naško Križnar), Boris Ondreička, Orange Alternative, Roman Osminkin, Ewa Partum, Bogdanka Poznanović, Dmitri Prigov, Lev Rubinstein, Nóra Ružičková / Marianna Mlynárčiková, Mladen Stilinović, Gabriele Stötzer, Tamás Szentjóby, Bálint Szombathy, Raša Todosijević, Jaromír Typlt, Jiří Valoch. Nová synagóga, Žilina, Slovakia J. M. Hurbana 220/11, 010 01 Wednesday — Sunday, 1 p.m. — 7 p.m. free entry (voluntary)


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Ivan Moudov

Ivan Moudov belongs to the younger generation of Bulgarian artists who started their careers in the late 1990s; he became known for his interventions in public space during the first decade of the 21st century. Moudov’s art deals with the transgression of legally defined spaces, especially those within Europe, all of which exhibit subtle differences in terms of the public-space conditions that prevail. The laissez-faire structures in many formerly Eastern European countries often contrast with the strictness which can be found in the former West, moving the artist to probe the modalities with which certain systems operate. Some of Moudov’s performances have been carried out in multiple countries, thus reflecting not only the legal circumstances imposed by the respective country or even the European Union, but also the differing reactions by each country’s population. Very often such performances are carried out in the midst of traffic, such as “One Hour Priority” (2000), in which the artist continued to drive around a traffic circle in Sofia for one hour only to realize that nothing much happened. The action was repeated a few years later in Weimar as a separate video work and was given the title "14:13" (2005), because that was how long it took until the police stopped the whole action.

The phenomenon of irritation reached a climax as one of Moudov’s artistic tropes in Sofia in 2006, when the artist announced the opening of a museum of contemporary art, something which has never really existed in Bulgaria. The simple announcement of the museum’s opening in a former train station on posters in the streets and on invitation cards caused a large crowd to appear on the suggested opening day and time to realize that the whole event was meant to be a fake. The artist’s ironic take on harsh political realities forces viewers to think about public confinements and political mechanisms of exclusion. The inclusion of his own person as the performing subject in many of his works turns him into a successful trickster-figure since, thanks to these works’ cleverly conceived execution, no authority can hold him accountable for anything in a legal sense.



1975, Sofia / BG

Moudov received his master degree from the National Academy of Fine Arts in Sofia (Bulgaria) in 2002. He works mainly in installation, video and photography. Moudov’s art has been presented widely throughout Europe.

Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Solo Exhibitions (selected):

2011     “Ivan Moudov - One Square Meter”, hilger contemporary, Vienna, Austria

2010     “Wine for Openings”, Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland

2009     “Ivan Moudov - Romanian Trick”, Artericambi, Verona, Italy

2008     “The 1st at Moderna: Ivan Moudov”, Moderna Museet, Stockholm, Sweden

2007     “Already Made”, Siemens_artLab, Vienna, Austria

Group Exhibitions (selected):

2012     “Doppio Gioco - Double Game. The Ambiguity of the Photographic Image”, Fondazione Bevilacqua La Masa, Venice, Italy

2011     “Beziehungsarbeit – Kunst und Institution“, Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna, Austria

2010     “Playing the City II”, Schirn Kunsthalle, Frankfurt/Main, Germany

2009     “Harburger Berge“, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, Germany

2008     “Z E R O G R A V I T Y - The architecture of the social space”, Art Today Association, Center for Contemporary Art, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

2007     52nd Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy

2006     “Wildes Kapital“, Kunsthaus Dresden, Dresden, Germany

2005     “F(acts)igures”, Artwalk, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

2004     “the SNEEZE 80x80”, Loraini Alimantiri Gazonrouge, Athens, Greece

2003     “Blut & Honig - Zukunft ist am Balkan“, Essl Museum, Klosterneuburg, Austria

2002     “in search of Balkania”, Neue Galerie Graz, Graz, Austria

This bibliography provides a list of books available in the
ERSTE Foundation Library

Books/Exhibition Catalogues


Wagner, Hilke, ed. 2009. Ivan Moudov: Trick or treat. Texts by Iara, Boubnova, Dessislava Dimova. Cologne: König [Exhib. Cat., Kunstverein Braunschweig (Dec. 6-Feb. 15, 2009)]


BULGARIA: a Place you Have Never Been Before. 2007. Curated by Vessela Nozharova. Sofia: St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation [Exhib. Cat., Bulgarian participation at the 52nd International Art Exhibition - La Biennale di Venezia (Jun. 10-Nov. 21, 2007)]


Carbi, Giuliana, ed. 2006. Ivan Moudo: MUSIZ. Curated by Maria Vassileva. Trieste: Ed. Trieste Contemporanea.

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