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with: Monica Bonvicini, Geta Bratescu, Daniel Buren, Chen Zhen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Andrei Monastyrski, Rudi Ninov, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Karin Sander, Roman Signer, Dimitar Solakov, Artur Zmiewski.

Based on Nedko Solakov’s work ‘Some Nice Things to Enjoy While You Are Not Making a Living’ 2008


opening: Saturday February 22nd 2020, 6 pm - midnight


Via del Castello 11

San Gimignano (SI), Italy


Until May 10th 2020


“The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)” is an exhibition that sees the Bulgarian artist Nedko Solakov simultaneously engaged in playing multiple roles: artist, collector, architect of the realisation of one of his dreams. Ultimately, the creator of an inclusive and decidedly original exhibition project.

Nedko Solakov and his wife collect works by artists whom they value and whose work they love immensely. Over the years they have put together a vast collection composed mostly of small works; from this collection, Solakov selected sixteen artists from whom they have works and three – Chen Zhen, Anish Kapoor and Carol Rama - from whom they don’t have works, writing to them and inviting them to take part in his project for Galleria Continua in San Gimignano. In his letter, he explained that for the exhibition he would exhibit a large installation from 2008 entitled “Some Nice Things to Enjoy While You Are Not Making a Living”; but in comparison with the previous displays of the work at Kunstmuseum Bonn, Kunstmuseum St Gallen and S.M.A.K., Ghent, he would add one more, really special “nice thing” - his passion to collect.

This exhibition therefore takes shape from Solakov’s desire to enrich, even if only temporarily, his collection with much larger or simply different works establishing a dialogue with the authors that configures through a series of texts with which he accompanies each of the works. Monica Bonvicini, Geta Bratescu, Daniel Buren, Chen Zhen, Hans-Peter Feldmann, Ceal Floyer, Shilpa Gupta, Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, Anish Kapoor, Sol LeWitt, Andrei Monastyrski, Rudi Ninov, Dan Perjovschi, Raymond Pettibon, Carol Rama, Karin Sander, Roman Signer, Dimitar Solakov, Artur Zmiewski are the artists invited to take part in the project. In “The Artist-Collector’s Dream (a nice thing)” we meet a variety of artists, who differ widely with regard to their origins, artistic interests and formation. Some of these, having previously worked with Galleria Continua, are already familiar with the exhibition spaces of the former cinema-theatre, while others are new to them.

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