IVAN MOUDOV

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Ivan Moudov was born in 1975 in Sofia, Bulgaria. He graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2002. In the same year he participated at the Manifesta 4 in Frankfurt, and has since exhibited widely in Europe and across the globe. In 2005, he took part in the first Moscow biennale, and in 2007 represented the Bulgarian pavilion at the 52nd Venice Biennale. His solo exhibitions include: " Ivan Moudov " curated by Ulf Eriksson at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm (2008), Wine for Openings − Cabaret Voltaire, Zûrich (2010). In 2010 his shows included the exhibition " The Watchmen, the Liars, the Dreamers" (curated by Guillaume Désanges) at the Plateau−Frac Île−de−France, as well as the second international Biennale of Antakya. More recently, among the others, he took part in the Group Shows "Contemporary Icons Recent Art From Bulgaria" curated by Jeffrey Hughes, Hunt Gallery, St. Louis, USA (2012) and "We Should Have Never Left (Uganda) Collective ", Group Show, MUMOK, Vienna, Austria, 2013. Moreover, after an experience at RAVE Residency, he presented the final work in the one-man show at Casa Cavazzini, Udine, Italy in 2013. In the same year he was nominated for the Blumm Prize. In 2014 his work was on display in "Indifferent show", at Sariev Contemporary, Plovdiv, Bulgaria and in 2015 he had another solo show, "Certificate of Authenticity", in Tobacna 001 CC, Ljubljana, Slovenia. In the same year he took part in two important projects: "OFF - Biennale Budapest", Hungary and "Grammar of Freedom / Five Lessons : Works From Arteast 2000 + Collection", Garage Museum of Contemporary Art, Moscow, Russia. In 2016 he performed at MSU (Zagabria, Croatia) "Performing an exhibition" and exhibited at Sofia Art Gallery the solo show "Exchange". Moreover, his work was included in "EXHIBITION FROM THE COLLECTIONS - LOW BUDGET UTOPIAS FIRST RECYCLING", at the Museum of Contemporary Art Metelkova + MSUM (2016). In 2017 he took part in "A Romance with revolution", group show curated by A. Patsey and F. Motz, at Museum of Non Conformist Art, in Saint Petersburg, Russia and "Témpano, El problema de lo institucional - Cruces entre Europa del Este y el Río de la Plata", at MACMO Museo de Arte Contemporaneo Montevideo in Uruguay.



Deconstructing the usual chain reaction of actions and facts, and judging and analysing them in a playful and ironic way, Moudov underlines the ambiguity of the real, and the inadequacy of our instruments of interpretation. Considered to be one of the most influential artists of his generation, Moudov provides a critical and corrosive analysis on political and social conventions, as well as individual behaviour.