THE NATIONAL GALLERY
PAST AND PRESENT OF A COUNTERCULTURE NARRATIVE
28.11.2017 – 18.02.2018
Opening: November 28, 6.00 p.m.
The Palace, Knyaz Alexander I Square
The National Gallery is presenting the XXL group that was created in 1994. The exhibition includes documentation as well as pieces of art from the remote and striving for a change last decade of the previous century. At the same time it shows current works of the authors from that once utterly provocative artistic circle.
Apart from the creators of the group Svilen Stefanov, Genadi Gatev, Houben Tcherkelov, Ivan Kiuranov, Kosio Minchev, Rassim, George Tushev and Slavi Slavov are also included authors having become part of the group at later points of its development – Rosen Toshev, Dimitar Yaranov, Georgi Ruzhev, Boris Serginov, Krasimir Dobrev, Yordan Eftimov, David D’Agostino and Anatoliy Osmolovski. Various authors have been collaborating with the group over the years, and dozens of artists opened one-man shows in the XXL gallery space.
The first manifesto A Kick in the Back of Inertia was written and published at the beginning of 1995 in the Kultura weekly and later it appeared in the Literaturen Vestnik weekly with supplement. The name of the XXL is related to the gallery, located at Macedonia square, Sofia, which existed in the period 1996 – 2003. Among the most popular exhibitions of the XXL are New Bulgarian Painting (1996), Kosio, Houben, Tushev (1997), Dimensions of Violence (1998), Gangstart (1998), Bulgarian Landscape as a Metaphor (2001) and New Radical Practices (from 1997 to 2001). The XXL gallery was closed down in 2003 from the governor of Sofia after an exhibition called AntiSax (New Political Art).
This exhibition and the catalogue are supported by One Gallery, Sofia.
Svilen Stefanov, 0899 942496
Suzana Karanfilova, 0879 834027