Pravdoliub Ivanov - 20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale London Thursday, June 27, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Exhibited

    La Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, Suspended Spaces, 18 January - 25 April 2010
    Varna City Art Gallery, Varna Biennial, The Big Wave, 7 August - 7 September 2010
    Vienna, Dana Charkasi Gallery, An Elusive Object of Art, May - September 2011
    Warsaw, Gallery Le Guern, Pravdoliub Ivanov – Half-truth, 18 November 2011 - 12 January 2012
    Poland, Zachęta National Gallery of Art, The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, 14 May - 21 August 2016, pp. 120-121 and 162 (illustrated, pp. 120-121 and 162)
    Nitra, The Nitra gallery, New Rope, 22 September - 13 November 2016

  • Literature

    EAST by SOUTH WEST, curated by_ vienna, exh. cat., Vienna, 2011, pp. 62, 64-65 (illustrated, pp. 64-65)
    'Galerien sind auf Wachstumskurs', Handelsblatt, 29 January 2012
    Iara Boubnova, Luchezar Boyadjiev and Maria Vassileva, eds., Pravdoliub Ivanov: Transformation Always Takes Time and Energy, Bulgaria, 2014, pp. 16 and 17 (illustrated, p. 17)
    Magdalena Moskalewicz, ed., The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, Tallinn, 2017, pp. 120-121 (illustrated, p. 120)

  • Catalogue Essay

    '... the feeling of being displaced or losing possessions from one side and from another the relief of starting from zero without the heavy legacy of the past.' - Pravdoliub Ivanov

    Combining the political and the personal, and the effect of politics on individuals, has been a constant theme throughout Ivanov's sculptures and installations since the early 1990's when he left Bulgaria’s second city to study in Sofia, where he now resides. Initially created for a group exhibition held at La Maison de la Culture d’Amiens, France, in 2010, Loaded presents a selection of mismatched suitcases, in various structural states. Their installation display recalls the halls of a railway station or some other place of passage. A muted violence exudes from the skeletal forms, conjuring involuntary collective displacement as well as individual fates broken by history, expulsion and exile, a powerful portrayal of the contrasts between adversity and the opportunity of freedom.

Property From An Esteemed European Collection



suitcases, in 20 parts
smallest suitcase 28.9 x 46.4 x 14.8 cm (11 3/8 x 18 1/4 x 5 7/8 in.)
largest suitcase 99.8 x 48.2 x 33 cm (39 1/4 x 18 7/8 x 12 7/8 in.)
overall installation dimensions variable

Executed in 2010.

£18,000 - 25,000 

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20th Century & Contemporary Art Day Sale

London Auction 28 June 2019