Pravdoliub Ivanov

Pravdoliub Ivanov
Born in 1964 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Lives and works in Sofia, Bulgaria

Press / English
Press / Bulgarian
Selected books and catalogues


Graduated from the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria,

MA in Painting at the National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria

Senior Assistant-Professor in National Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, Bulgaria


Since 1995
Member of Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia



Neglectable Incidents at the Level of the Eyes, Le Guern Gallery, Warsaw, (Curator Michal Jachula)
Confusion, One work project realized in Temple Contemporary gallery, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, USA

On the Wrong Side, SARIEV Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Just Another Boring Day, Gallery Le Guern, Warsaw
Chamber of Uncertainty, Krinzinger Parterre Gallery, Vienna
Fragments of Demand, dual show with Ivan Moudov, Alberta Pane Gallery, Paris

What you See, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Curator Daniela Radeva

Sport in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, Curator: Monika Kozioł, Delfina Piekarska, Maria Anna Potocka (C)

Polprawda (Half-Truth), solo show, Gallery Le Guern, Warsaw, Poland, Curator Kamil Julian

Works, Non-Works and Illusions, solo show, Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv

Who killed the Painting?, Works from Block Collection, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany

Thoughts Within Thoughts - dual show with Alec Finlay, ARC Projects Gallery, Sofia

Double Trouble – dual show with Valio Tchenkov, Gallery Steinle, Munich, Germany

On Reason and Emotion, curator Isabel Carlos, 14th Sydney Biennial, Australia


Symptoms of Society, exhibition organised by City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Curated by Alenka Gregorič, ZheJiang Art Museum, Hangzhou, China
Półprawda | Half–Truth - Works by Central and Eastern European Contemporary Artists from Art Collection Telekom, Museum of Sculpture – Królikarnia Palace, Warsaw, Poland, (Curators: Rainald Schumacher and Nathalie Hoyos)
Scharstellen_1, ROTOR-Center for contemporary art, Graz, Austria, (Curators Anton Lederer and Margarethe Makovec)
The adventure of discovery – Highlights from a Hungarian private collection, Balassi Institute, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (Curator Alenka Gregorič)
On the Other Hand, Ivan Moudov & Pravdoliub Ivanov, Gallery Coucou, Kassel, Germany (curator Milen Krastev)
Here Everywhere, 10th anniversary of the Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv Rayko Daskalov St. 29 The exhibition is part of the Open Arts Program in the NIGHT/Plovdiv 2017, (Curator Vladiya Mihaylova)
Symptoms of Society, The Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangzhou, China, group exhibition organized by City Art Gallery, Ljubljana (Curator by Alenka Gregorič)
La Terra Inquieta / The Restless Earth, Organized by the Fondazione Nicola Trussardi and Fondazione Triennale di Milano, (Curator Massimiliano Gioni)
The Image is no Longer Available, Gallery ICA-Sofia, (Curator Vessela Nozharova)
14 x 14 – Survey of the Danube Region. – Individual Views. – Photographic Positions, Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (Curator: Regina Hellwig-Schmid)
Landscapes and Lifestyles, Goethe Institut, Sofia, (Curator Vera Mlechevska)
Interior, Gallery Le Guern, Warsaw, Curator: Michal Jachula

FUNDAMENTAL, curators Drorit Gur Arie, Andrea Hilger, Harro Schmidt, Tomasz Wendland, cocurators Miriam Syowia Kyambi, Valentina Gioia Levy, Risa Takita, Juraj ČarnýPoznan, Poland, 5 Mediations Biennale
NEWROPE, curated by Omar Mirza, Nitra Gallery, Nitra, Slovakia
Art & Foot, curators Marion & Baudoin LebonLa, Chapelle art contemporain, Clairefontaine-en-Yvelines, France
Interior, curator Michal Jachula, Gallery Le Guern, Warsaw
The Travellers. Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, Zachęta-National Gallery of Art, Warsaw, Curated by Magdalena Moskalewicz,, collaboration on the part of Zachęta: Magdalena Komornicka (C)
Magic and Power Of Magic Carpets and Drones, Marta Herford (Gehry Galleries), Herford, Germany, Curated by Diane Hennebert and Christophe Dosogne (C)
Remember Lidice Städtische Galerie Nordhorn, Germany, Curator René Block
Let Them Draw, group show, Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Curated by Pravdoliub Ivanov
Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia. Works from the Art Collection Telekom, Curated by Adriana Oprea of MNAC, in collaboration with the curators of Art Collection Telekom, Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher, National Museum of Contemporary Art (MNAC), Bucharest, Romania

Verkauf in Nebenräumen, Curated by_vienna: Tomorrow Today, Krinzinger Projekte, Curator Harald Falckenberg,
Ich kenne kein Weekend Archive and Collection René Block, Neuer Berliner Kunstverein
Remember Lidice, Edition Block, Curator René Block (C)
The Art of Urban Practice: Breaking Out of Dilemma, <rotor>, Graz, Austria, Curated by M. Koleček & Z.Kolečková (C)
EuroScope, The Collection of the European Investment Bank at Cercle Cité, Luxembourg, Curator Delphine Munro (C)
Heaven and Hell, From magic carpets to drones. Villa Empain, Brussels, Curators: D. Hennebert and C.Dosogne (C)
Art for Change 1985-2015, Sofia City Art Gallery, Curated by Maria Vassileva (C)

Know Thyself, Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, Bulgaria Curator Iara Boubnova
Partkfair Terminartor, Ehrenhalle, Vienna, Austria, Curators Matthias Makowsky, Iv Toshain, Anna Ceeh (C)
Private Art Kirchberg, European Investment Bank Luxembourg, 11 private collections, “Coup de Coeur”, MUDAM,

The Unanswered Question. İskele2, TANAS and Neuer Berliner Kunstverein, Berlin, Germany, Curator R. Block (C)
Fantasista, The Cello Factory, London, England , July 11-14, conceived by Richard Swarbrick, Curators: Bearspace Gallery, London
Unexpected Encounters, Camera Austria, co-produced by Steirischer herbst, Liaisons Dangereuses, Graz, Austri

In Crisis – Terra Mediterranea, The Nicosia Municipal Art Centre, Associated with Pierides Foundation, Curator: Dr. Yiannis Toumazis (C)
Beautiful game, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Curator: Alenka Gregorič, (C)
Sport in Art, Museum of Contemporary Art in Krakow, Poland, Curator: Monika Kozioł, Delfina Piekarska, Maria Anna Potocka (C)

Zwischenlager / Entrepot, Krinzingen Gallery, in the frame of Curated_by, Vienna, Curator Rene Block
Vidéo et après Suspended Spaces #1, Screening at Cinema 1 , Centre Pompidou, Paris, France

Persona, ICA Gallery, Sofia, (Curator Vera Mlechevska)
Beyond Credit, Sanat Limani, Istanbul, Turkey, Curators: Maria Vassileva, Iara Boubnov, Luchezar Bojadjiev (C)

Who killed the Painting?, Works from Block Collection, Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen, Germany (C)

No Place - Like Home: Perspectives on Migration in Europe, Argos Center, Brussels, Curator P. Willemsen

L’ Europe En Devenir, (Partie 2), CCS Paris, France, Curator Marius Babias
A Place You Have Never Been Before, 52nd Venice Biennial, Bulgarian Pavilion, Curator Vesela Nozharova (C)
Plus Zwei, Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Germany, Curators Iara Boubnova Liviana.Dan (C)

Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennial, Curators: Maurizio Cattelan, Massimiliano Gioni, Ali Subotnick (C)

Sous les ponts, le long de la rivière-2, Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg, (Curator Enrico Lunghi) (C)

On Reason and Emotion, 14th Sydney Biennial, Curator Isabel Carlos (C)
Interrupted Game, Gallerie für Zeitgenössische Kunst, Leipzig, Germany, Curators I. Koralova, M. Kolecek (C)

In the Gorges of the Balkans, Fridericianum Museum, Kassel, Germany, Curator Rene Block (C)
Blut & Honig, Zukunft ist am Balkan, Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria, Curator Harald Szeemann (C)

Double Bind, ATA Center, Irida Gallery, XXL Gallery, Sofia, Curators Georg Schöllhammer and Iara Boubnova (C)

Manifesta 3, Borderline Syndrome, Ljubljana, Slovenia, (Curators Francesco Bonami, Ole Bouman, Maria Hlavajova, Kathrin Rhomberg) (C)

“Bulgariaavantgarde. Kraeftemessen II”, Kuenstlerwerkstatt Lothringerstrasse, Munich, Germany, Curator Iara Boubnova, concept Haralampi G. Oroschakoff) (C)

Menschenbilder. Foto- und Videokunst aus Bulgarien, IFA Gallery, Berlin, Germany, Curator Iara Boubnova (C)
1995 - Orient/ation, 4th International Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey, Curator Rene Block (C)

(C) = catalogue

Works in the following public collections
Kontakt-Collection of ERSTE Bank, Austria
Art Collection Telekom (Deutsche Telekom AG)
ArtWorks – Collection (Deutsche Bank)
Block Collection in Neue Museum, Nürnberg, Germany
Collection Vehbi Koc Foundation, Istanbul, Turkey
The Tiroche De Leon Collection & Art Vantage, Israel
Collection Europe Investment Bank, Luxembourg
Collection EPO-Europe, Munich
City Gallery, Sofia

2007 - Artist to Artist, Newcastle, England, Visiting Arts, Initiative of Henry Moore Foundation
2007 - Artist talk in WorkPlace Gallery, Newcastle, England
2000 - Cite Internationale des Arts, Paris, France
1999 - Open Air Museum Drecht Banks Sculpture Park, The Netherlands
1998 - ArtsLink, Fellowship, Longwood Arts Project, New York, USA
1996 - KulturKontakt Fellowship, Horn, Austria
1994/95 - Foundation ARTEST / BINZ’39 Fellowship, Zürich, Switzerland



The Travellers: Voyage and Migration in New Art from Central and Eastern Europe, edited by Magdalena Moskalewicz. Tallinn: Lugemik 2017
Prōtocollium, 2017/2018, Global Perspectives on Visual Vocabulary, V.i.S.d.P.: Safia Dickersbach, Dickersbach Kunstferlag, Berlin Germany

Transformation Always Takes Time and Energy, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Monograph, Published by Zhanet-45, Plovdiv
Show Time: The 50 Most Influential Exhibitions of Contemporary Art - Jenss Hoffmann, Thames & Hudson Ltd

High Touch, Edited by Robert Ehmann, Matthias Hueber and Anna Sinofzik, Published by Gestalten, Berlin

East Art Map, Contemporary Art and Eastern Europe, Edited by IRWIN, Published by Afterall, Saint Martins College

Selected publicity
Karasz, Palko. Vienna Looks East for Fine Art, The New York Times (web), Oct. 13, 2015
Savitskaya, Anna. Interview with Pravdoliub Ivanov, Artdependence (web), June 2015
Serafinowicz, Sylvia, Pravdoliub Ivanov in Gallery Le Guern, Art Forum (International), April 2012
Mayer, Antje, “Kunstszene Sofia-Bilboard Heaven”, Kunstmagazin Spike, 11, 2007
Wulffen, Tomas, Vir sind Kunst-Die 4. Berlin Biennale: Von Menschen und Mäusen, Kunstforum Int., Mai-Juni, 2006
Sperb Mariane, Ivanov zeigt uns Halbwahrheit, Mittelbayerische Zeitung, 26 Juli, 2005
Johnson Ken, “Flipside”, The New York Times, 17 December, 2004
Wei Lilly, South by Southeast, Art in America, December 2004, p 60
Low Lenny, Ann, Please, just walk all over what I consider art, The Sydney Morning Herald, June 4, 2004
Rosenberg, Angela, Tirana Biennial: The Escape, Flash Art Int., November – December, 2001, p 41
Becker Jochen, Manifesta 3, Kunstforum, Oktober-Dezember 2000
Boubnova, Iara, Aperto Sofia, Flash Art Int., November - December, 2001, 53
Levin Kim, Border Crossings, Village Voice, 1 Aug. 2000
Descombes Mireille, Ljubljana, casseroles, oranges et guerre, L'Hebdo, 29 Jun. 2000
Snodgrass, Susan, Report from Ljubljana, Art in America, Nov. 2000, p 55
Verwoert, Jan, Manifesta 3, Frieze, issue 55, 2000, p 113
Bourriaud, Nicolas, Manifesta Frenesie documentaire, Beaux Arts, Aout 2000, p 30
Becker, Jochen, Manifesta 3, Kunstforum, Okt. -Dez. 2000
Boubnova Iara, Inventing a People, Flash Art Int., May -June, 1999
Hoffman, Justin, Bulgariaavantgarde, Kunstforum Int., July-Sept, 1998
Wiedeman, Christoph, Blockadebrecher vom Balkan, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 04.05, 1998
Maier Anne, Bulgaria Avantgarde, Kunst-Bulletin, May. 1998
Phillips Christopher, Report from Sofia, Art in America, October, 1997
Snodgrass, Susan, Pravdoliub Ivanov in XXL, Art in America, December 1997
Madra, Beral, "Fourth Istanbul Biennial Orients the Metropolis", Flash Art Int., Feb. 1996
Heartney , Eleanor, 4th Biennial, Art Press, 210/1996

Selected Catalogues
2015 - Tomorrow Today, Curated by_vienna
2014 - The Unanswered Question. Iskele 2, Marius Babias and Rene Block, n.b.k., Berlin, Verlag Walther König
2013 - Art of Urban Intervention, On the Edge of Story, Brno Art Open-2013, Michal Koleček
2013 -The Project Biennial of Contemporary Art D-0 Ark Underground, Editor Başak Şenova, Sarajevo
2012 - Sport in Art, MOCAK, Krakow, Poland
2012 - Beautiful Game, City Art Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia
2012 - Terra Mediterranea - In Crisis, The Nicosia Municipal Arts Center with the Pierides Foundation
2012 - 14 x 14, Survey of the Danube Region, Positions in Contemporary Art, Editor Regina Hellwig-Schmid,
2011 - East by South West, curated by_vienna
2008 - Who Killed the Painting? Werke aus der Sammlung Block, Neuen Museum in Nürnberg
2007 - 52st Venice Biennial, Venice, Italy
2006 - Of Mice and Men, 4th Berlin Biennial
2006 - Art, Life and Confusion, October Salon, Beograd, Yugolsavia
2004 - Flipside, Artists Space Gallery, New York, USA
2004 - On Reason and Emotion, 14th Sydney Biennial, Sydney, Australia
2003 - In the Gorges of the Balkans, Fridericianum Museum, Kassel, Germany
2003 - Blut & Honig, Zukunft ist am Balkan, Essl Collection, Vienna, Austria
2001 - Escape, The Tirana Biennial, Tirana, Albania
2000 - Borderline Syndrome, Manifesta 3, , Ljubljana, Slovenia
1995 - Orient/ation, 4th Istanbul Biennial, Istanbul, Turkey