CEE Monthly

Top 10 Exhibitions in CEE | Vol.2

Monthly overview on #viennacontemporaryMag of the most interesting exhibitions across Eastern Europe, handpicked by Tina Kaplar, editor in chief of Art Guide East. 

LOST IN THE ARCHIVE I Riga Art Space, Riga 

artists: Babak Afrassiabi and Nasrin Tabatabai, Alberto Baraya, Jānis Borgs and Laura Feldberga, Ivars Drulle, Aiga Dzalbe and Kristaps Epners, Maryam Jafri, Viktorija Eksta, Inga Erdmane, Kristaps Grundšteins and Līga Lindenbauma, Žilvinas Landzbergas, Taus Makhacheva, Haralds Matulis and Ieva Saulīte, Agnieszka Polska, Laura Prikule, Mammu and Passi Rauhala, Tanel Rander, Centre for Tragic Research (Kaspars Groševs, Ainārs Kamoliņš, Daiga Kažociņa) and Jevgeni Zolotko.

curators: Inga Lāce and Andra Silapētere.

The exhibition explores the close up of the archive of the LCCA, as well as place it in a wider context. The close up examines and interpret certain elements that are documented in the archive – exhibitions, events and personalities. These archival materials form the basis for storytelling, uncovering new connections between the events of the recent past and disrupting the prevailing order within the archival folders. Meanwhile the broader view on the archive offers an insight in the work of artists who create and analyse archives, opening up important questions of how historical facts are construed, while looking at the relationships between culture, politics and ideology at certain periods in the past and nowadays. Central to the context of this exhibition are the notions of the post-Soviet and postcolonial as significant tools for understanding the current situation locally, as well as globally.


 FEAR OF THE UNKNOWN I Kunsthalle Bratislava 

Artists: Radovan Čerevka (SK), Pavlína Fichta Čierna (SK), Janka Duchoňová (SK), Alena Foustková (CZ), Mandy Gehrt (DE), Oto Hudec (SK), Lukáš Houdek (CZ), Mario Chromý (SK), Daniela Krajčová (SK), Kristián Németh (SK), Nová věčnost (CZ), Dan Perjovschi (RO), Tomáš Rafa (SK), Oliver Ressler (AT), Birgit Rüberg (DE), Kateřina Šedá (CZ), TOY_BOX (CZ), Ján Triaška a Olja Triaška Stefanović (SK), Eliška Vrbová (CZ), Anna Witt (AT), Tobias Zielony (DE), Artur Żmijewski (PL)

Curator: Lenka Kukurová

The works presented are concerned with issues of the current refugee crisis and also with other closely associated themes. A considerable majority of them were produced specifically for the occasion of the exhibition and address the topic in the context of Central and Eastern Europe. Fear of the Unknown presents works which take the form of art reportage, some of them produced in direct cooperation with refugees. Part of the exhibition seeks to provoke reflection, while other works voice a protest. A multimedia exhibition treats the topic also on a documentary level; certain projects provide historical parallels; and a number of those exhibiting have direct personal experience of migration.


Bálint Szombathy We Were Heroes and The Bosch+Bosch Group: Conceptual Practices from the Former Yugoslavia  I Acb Gallery, Budapest

Artists: Bálint Szombathy and The Bosch+Bosch Group

The Bosch+Bosch Group (Bálint Szombathy, Slavko Matković, László Szalma, László Kerekes, Katalin Ladik, Attila Csernik, Ante Vukov) was founded in 1969, as one of the experimental artistic collectives of the New Art Practice in Yugoslavia. The specificity of their integrative presence in the local art scenes lay in their strong connection with the Hungarian historical avant-garde (namely its symbolic figure Lajos Kassák) as well as with its contemporary figures (György Galántai, Miklós Erdély, Tamás Szentjóby, Endre Tót, Gábor Tóth etc.). Therefore, beside the mediatic heterogeneity of the group (actionism, body art, land art, mail art) the core of their activity lay in the theoretic and visual approaches of language (visual and concrete poetry, phonic poetry). Our exhibition presents a selection from the seven-year long activity of Bosch+Bosch group, opening up new possibilities in the research of transregional avant-garde.

The Vojvodina (Yugoslavia) born Bálint Szombathy has been working as an artist since the end of the 1960s. He uses many non-traditional media including visual poetry, mail art, and action, but his activity as a critic helping the interpretation of the avant-garde is also crucial. His consistent career resulted in two important ramifications: creating a continuity between the historic and the neo-avant-garde, as well as raising awareness of the political reflection within the artistic practice. The exhibition entitled We Were Heroes features, besides the emblematic series made in the 1970s, newer works deconstructing the Yugoslavian past.


LET THEM DRAW I Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv


Artists: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mariela Gemisheva, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Nestor Kovachev, RASSIM®, Kiril Prashkov, Kalin Serapionov, Dimitar Shopov, Nedko Solakov, Kamen Stoyanov, Valio Tchenkov, Krassimir Terziev, Kosta Tonev, Iv Toshain, Ignacio Uriarte, Vitto Valentinov, Voin de Voin

Curator: Pravdoliub Ivanov

The exhibition showcases drawing in its various guises – as a unique trace; as the vector of a movement; as the movement itself; as a thought-capturing line; or as a way to illustrate a narrative but also as the narration of its own creation. The drawing as a project as an imprint of a controlled gesture or as an autonomous action documented by the means of technology.

INSIDE OUT I Tirana Art Lab


Artists: Aurora Kalemi, Mirjana Mecaj, and Fatlum Doçi

Aurora Kalemi, Mirjana Mecaj, and Fatlum Doçi belong to a generation of artists born in the 90s that have accomplished their studies at the University of Arts in Tirana and painting is the medium that connects them. What creates a further commune ground for their practice is their individual approach toward the medium and the way painting has become an activity which enables them to deal with individual perception of existence and reality. The starting point of their practice is their inner world. From that infinite world their ideas emerge, through the painting process come to appear and become a way of communication with the reality. It is inside their existential and individual discourse, between Being and Appearing, that their practice emerges and it is to be understood, both in content and form.

IMPORT EXPORT I Temnikova & Kasela Gallery, Tallinn


Artists: Sigrid Viir and Jimmy Limit

Sigrid Viir’s and Jimmy Limit’s exhibition “Import Export” talks about import and export in a general commercial sense, alluding to the transportation of art works and artists from one continent to another, customs procedures, and the mass migration of people and files. The title of the exhibition also refers to photography, the widespread use and distribution of photographs, and digital importing and exporting.

The Silence of Sounds I Wroclaw Contemporary Museum


Artists: Ewa Axelrad & Steve Press Filip Berendt Piotr Blajerski Piotr Bosacki Daniel Koniusz Barbara Kubska Igor Omulecki Zbigniew Rogalski Artur Rozen Mateusz Sadowski Konrad Smoleński Tomasz Tatarczyk Rafał Wilk Natalia Wiśniewska Włodzimierz Jan Zakrzewski Anna Zaradny Maciej Zdanowicz

Curator: Agnieszka Chodysz-Foryś

The title of the exhibition leads us into a field of soundscapes, audio phenomena and the acoustic social space. The phrase “Silence of Sounds” provides a pretext for an in-depth analysis of the notion of silence, its utopian and paradoxical dimension.

Being a state that cannot be fully specified, silence only enables us to try to imagine it in order to come closer to an unreachable place, a pure and empty space devoid of sounds or emotions. Silence is a method of communication, a component of an utterance in its own right that makes it possible to experience personal space and is an indispensable element of understanding oneself. It is also a harbinger of sound and an undefined threat of loneliness and alienation, which may compel us to remain silent and consequently consent to anxiety and evil. An order to remain silent or revoking the right to vote are tools intended for symbolic violence that leads to exclusion. On the other hand, silence is an ideal of interpersonal communication testifying to honesty and an authentic relationship with another human being.



Artists: Zemira Alajbegović, Neven Korda/Borghesia, Marko Peljhan, Sašo Podgoršek & Iztok Kovač, Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Miha Vipotnik.
Curator: Nika Grabar

Considering the fact that the curated selection was based on observations of the use of space and architecture in videos, the exhibition concept is exploring the question of how to provide the chosen videos with an adequate setting that would at the same time address their contents. As a result, the exhibition takes the visitor on a tour of six different spatial installations beginning with spatial screenings (Discipline, Vertigo Bird), to be followed by installations placing the video in a relationship with the spatial object, and thereby with the human body (Path of Crazy Wisdom, The Park of Culture, Construct, Quick/Slow).

“I’ll Think About It Tonight”. An artistic exploration of Chisinau in 7 days I Zpace (Casa Zemstvei Guberniale), Chisinau


Artists:  Jeroen Bessems, August Blum, Annahita Brooks, Céline Brunko, Svetlana Buerki, Irma Hirsl, Naum Hirsl, Tina Reden, Mia Spindler, Bruno Stebler, Nina Tshomba, Sasha Tracenco, Andrea Zimmermann, Vera Zurbrügg, Alexandra Martiniuc.

Curators: by Jörg Scheller & Jyrgen Ueberschär

From March 18 to March 25, a group of students and lecturers from the Zurich University of the Arts, Department of Arts and Media, explored Chisinau in collaboration with the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts Chisinau and Oberliht Association.

This exhibition presents the results of the week-long research and exchange through various media, approaches, and artistic attitudes. With its diverse, complex, and sometimes confusing past and present, its intermediate position between western and eastern Europe, and its cityscape so rich in detail, Chisinau naturally lends itself to multifocal, experimental explorations through the arts.

Ștefan Sava: The Falling of the Arches I Ivan Gallery, Bucharest



Head to Art Guide East for more info about exhibitions in CEE

Images :

1. Exhibition view, courtesy: LCCA
2.  Exhibition view, courtesy: Kunshalle Bratislava
3. Exhibition view of Bálint Szombathy’s works,  acb gallery, photo: Gábor Tóth
4. Pravdoliub Ivanov: Let them Draw, 2009, series of 12 B&W photos 27 x 35 cm, courtesy: Sariev Contemporary
5. Mirjana Meçaj, Napë, 2015, Oil on Canvas, 60 x 50 cm, courtesy: Tirana Art Lab
6. Installation view of Import Export exhibition at Temnikova Kasela, Tallinn
7. Zbigniew Rogalski, Sea, 2012, object, lightbox, property: Raster Gallery
8. Sašo Podgoršek, Iztok Kovač: Vertigo Bird, 33:57, 1996
9. Exhibition view, courtesy: Zpace
10. Ștefan Sava :  The Falling of the Arches, still, courtesy: Ivan Gallery


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