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Insight #6

Stanislav Pamukchiev

In deze zesde collectiepresentatie is een selectie werken van Stanislav Pamukchiev te zien, aangekocht door Hugo Voeten over een periode van twintig jaar. Samen met de tentoonstelling Returning op de negende verdieping van het Art Center Hugo Voeten, biedt deze collectie opstelling een overzicht van Stanislav Pamukchievs rijke oeuvre. Een documentaire film over zijn leven en werk (een recente realisatie van de Bulgaarse nationale omroep) is ook te zien in de tentoonstelling.

In de tekst hieronder duidt de Bulgaarse kunstenaar zijn band met de recent overleden verzamelaar:

"About Hugo Voeten...

Hugo Voeten appeared in Bulgaria shortly after the fall of the communist regime – at a time of political and economic transition, a pandemonium of passions, hopes and disappointments, a state of zero cultural gravity and complete institutional disintegration.

Hugo Voeten came with a clean slate – without any cultural and ideological prejudice, following his innate instinct and vitality, with the zest of a hunter or merchant and the sensibility of a highly spiritual person. Hugo discovered Bulgarian art without the classification apparatus of official Western culture, following his intuition for authenticity, depth and artistic power. He came here with the enthusiasm of a gold-digger who had found the vein of gold in an uncharted culture.

Back then we were all living in a state of expectation, hoping to be seen. To be seen in our unique hybridity – as a mixture of the emotional and spiritual candor of the Balkan Peninsula, the venerable cultural tradition, the ideological and socio-cultural imprint, and the passionate, longing fixation on contemporary art in the West.

Hugo Voeten easily transcended all the barriers of cultural differences and used his impeccable intuition to find works of quality and artistic power. He loved visiting the ateliers, breathing in the dust of the working process and the creative exaltations of the artist.

Voeten used to follow everything that was going on around me. Together, we looked through the nooks and crannies of the atelier where I kept the old works from socialist times. He came to almost all of my exhibitions and collective events, regardless of their location.

It turns out that the Voeten collection includes some key works marking the important stages of my development as an artist. Here are some early ones like "Shout" (1985), "Man and Wheelchair" (1985), with their social criticism and existential dramatism, or "River Ford" (1988) with its search for a way to salvation. Here is the ash triptych "Passage" (1994), the red straw "Kauri" (2004). Here are some of my most successful installations like "Strainers" (2002) and "Steps"(the first version, 2004), looking for traces of collective memory and the endless movement of Man through time and space.

I remember how at one of my exhibitions Hugo asked for a chair, spent 15-20 minutes in complete silence and left, telling me "I have never seen an exhibition like that"...

We were all waiting to be seen – and then came Hugo!"

Stanislav Pamukchiev, August 2017