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Contemporary art from Eastern and Southeastern Europe.

The Art Collection Telekom was initiated in 2010. The main focus lays on contemporary art from Eastern and South-Eastern Europe. Art Collection Telekom sees this as a response to the social and political changes after the fall of the Iron Curtain and calls for a greater understanding of the broad cultural diversity in Europe through the visual arts. The aim is to map out a concentrated art historical spectrum of contemporary art in this cultural area. The full media bandwidth of contemporary art, from drawing to digital installations, is to be introduced.

In so doing, Art Collection Telekom will concentrate on younger artists and document and collect their work over a longer period of time. The basic prerequisites for selecting works are a high aesthetic level in terms of form and content and a horizon of interpretation that is left open and promises over the course of the years to continue expanding in terms of its content. When setting up and extending the collection, its high potential for stories and narrations will be highlighted.

The works therefore form an ideal basis for communication and exchanging ideas and reflect how Telekom sees itself: “LIFE IS FOR SHARING”. Contemporary art provides the opportunity to see the world in a different light. An adventure that requires openness and impartiality, to have confidence in your own reflections. Art Collection Telekom would like to encourage this.

The buildup of the Art Collection Telekom is supervised by an internal board and coordinated by Antje Hundhausen and Margret Fischer. Curatorial advice by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.

Contemporary Art should be seen, experienced and discussed by the public. For the Art Collection Telekom it is important to present parts of the Collection under different aspects to the general audience. Since 2014 the Art Collection Telekom has realised with institutional and private partners regularly exhibition projects.

30 Ans Après|30 Years After
Art Collection Telekom

Carré d´Art - Musée d´Art Contemporain de Nîmes, -

The exhibition '30 Ans Après' shown at Carré d´Art in Nîmes is part of Rencontres d´Arles and focuses on photographic works from the Art Collection Telekom. It is laid out as a path that leads to different vantage points and offers an insight into exemplary scenarios of the cultural landscape of the recent present of the countries of Eastern- and Southeastern Europe, that are still mostly unknown to many of us even though the Iron Curtain fell 30 years ago.

Artists: Igor Grubić, Ion Grigorescu, Petra Feriancova, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Petrit Halilaj, Šejla Kamerić, Eva Kot´atkovà, Vlado Martek, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nancã, Paulina Olowska, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska.

Listen To Us - Artistic Intelligence
Works from Art Collection Telekom

Plovdiv 2019, Bulgaria  , -



Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain dividing Europe into East and West the exhibition shows more than 80 works by artists from different Eastern European countries.These artists have experienced the process of the societal upheaval in their own biography and in that of their parents and grandparents. They are contemporary witnesses of the dramatic big and many small changes that the societies have experienced in the last three decades.

The works in the exhibition art draw attention beyond the past to current issues and questions that affect us all in Europe. They try to understand the younger history in a more differentiated way in order to be free of the ghosts of the past, to understand the present and to look into the future.

LISTEN TO US – ARTISTIC INTELLIGENCE, is an invitation to listen attentively to the exhibited works of art. Their visual presence is structured by shape, colour, form and formulated by their sensual and emotional power. With all their artistic intelligence, they indicate, orbit and illuminate complex and often contradictory themes from many different angles.

The exhibition is part of the European Cultural Capital programme of Plovdiv 2019 and takes place at SKLAD, City Art Gallery, Balabanov House, Hindlyan House, Zlato Boyadzhiev Museum and Vasov Library.

Artists:  Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Yane Calovski, Levan Chelidze, Danica Dakić, Braco Dimitrijević, Aleksandra Domanović, Petra Feriancova, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Vladimir Houdek, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Sanja Iveković, Nikita Kadan, Mi Kafchin, Šejla Kamerić, Lito Kattou, Luka Kedžo, Genti Korini, Eva Kot’átková, Maria Kulikovska, Nino Kvrivishvili, Radenko Milak, Ciprian Mureşan, Lada Nakonechna, Vlad Nancă, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondak, Dan Perjovschi, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs & Tatars, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Martina Vacheva

Invited artists: Dimitar Genchev, Albena Mihaylova-Benji, Sasho Stoitzov, Krassimir Terziev



What Are We Made Of?

Kunsthalle Darmstadt , -

What Are We Made Of? is the title and one of the essential questions raised within the exhibtition at Kunsthalle Darmstadt. It shows 35 works from the collection examining the complex patterns that form our personalities, wether it is childhood, education, value systems, religion, politics, language culture or history.

Participating artists Geta Brātescu, Stanislaw Dro´d , Ksenia Gnilitska, Ion Grigorescu, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Petrit Halilaj, Vladimir Houdek, Hristina Ivanoska, Hristina Ivanoska and Yand Calovksi, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Eva Kot´átková, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Piotr Łakomy, Vlado Martek, Vlad Nancā, Paul Neagu, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondak, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Slavs and Tatars, Iza Tarasewicz.



PLATO Ostrava, Czech Republic, -

Temporary Structures 4 takes place at PLATO, a former Bauhaus market in Ostrava in the Czech Republic, which is transformed into a nucleus for of future cultural center. A very special work from the Art Collection Telekom, the 'MUDAM Studio' by Slovenian artist Tobias Putrih, is the center piece for the fourth materialization of Temporary Structures, that introduce into the large open space the facilities and the mood of the future art center. Parallel to the ever changing work by Tobias Putrih, which can be reconstructed and build up by the visitors, a selection of video works from the Art Collection Telekom is on view with works by Pavel Braila, Šejla Kamerić, Ali Kazma, Sükran Moral, Ciprian Muresan, Vlad Nanca, Roman Ondák and Agnieszka Polska.


Museum for Contemporary Art, MSU Zagreb, -

As one of the leading institutions for contemporary art in the region, the MSU in Zagreb presents with 'I Am The Mouth' an overview of the Art Collection Telekom. Works by nearyl 50 artists demonstrate the diversity and the wide spectrum of the artistic intentions, hopes and aesthetical concepts, which characterize the cultural region of Eastern Europe. The shared history of having been part of the Communist world, was fanning out into different ways, models and approaches to create democratic structures und to maintain them. The artists do represent in this transformation process the voice of an open and curious generation. Contrary to the noisy and often dull populistic tendencies in politics and everyday life, the art works vote for a thoughtful and cautious approach to our complex and often contradictory reality. They transmit exactly the sensibility, carefulness and awareness, which an open and democratic society requires as emotional and intellectual foundation to be ready and prepared for shaping the future.

'I Am The Mouth' was curated by Nathalie Hoyos, Radmila Iva Jankovic and Rainald Schumacher

Artists in the exhibition: Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Geta Brătescu, Yane Calovski, Levan Chelidze, Braco Dimitrijević, Aleksandra Domanović, Petra Feriancova, Ksenia Gnylytska, Ion Grigorescu, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Igor Grubić, Petrit Halilaj, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Nikita Kadan, Mi Kafchin, Alevtina Kakhidze, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Luka Kedžo, Genti Korini, Eva Kot’átková, Zofia Kulik, Volodymyr Kuznetsov, Nino Kvrivishvili, Piotr Łakomy, Little Warsaw, Vlado Martek, Ciprian Mureşan, Şükran Moral, Lada Nakonechna, Vlad Nancă, Paul Neagu, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs and Tatars, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović, Marko Tadić, Iza Tarasewicz, Nil Yalter

New projects:
Hrvoslava Brkušić, Vlatka Horvat, EQUALS Collective (initiated and led by Andreja Kulunčić)

Artist Spaces – Aneta Grzeszykowksa, Igor Grubić

Museum Weserburg, Bremen, -

For the fifth time, the Museum Weserburg in Bremen presents the exhibition 'Artist Spaces'. One room, one artist, one group of works or series of works that is the framework. Most works are on loan from private collections. With parts of the Liberation Rituals series by Igor Grubić and the Negativ Book series by Aneta Grzeszykowska, the Art Collection Telekom is the first corporate collection to become accepted in this exclusive group of really engaged collectors.

Artists in the exhibition: Katja Aufleger, Abraham David Christian, Danny Devos, Henrik Eiben, Ulrich Erben, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Wolfgang Hainke, Karin Kneffel, Marlena Kudlicka, Susan Philipsz, Sibylle Springer, Philip Taaffe, Wolfgang Tillmans, Haegue Yang, Rachel Whiteread.


National Museum for Sculpture – Krolikarnia Palace, Warsaw, -

'PÓŁPRAWDA | HALF–TRUTH' shows around 40 works by 27 aritsts. The title refers to a work of Bulgarian artist Pravdoliub Ivanov. On a banner installed over the entrance of the Krolikarnia is written the horizontal half of the word PÓŁPRAWDA. The missing part is installed inside the palace. The conceptual game with the meaning of the word is a guideline for the exhibition. It is reflection about the role of the classical category of Truth in contemporary art.

The artists represented in the exhibition are coming from countries, which have been for decades under the influence of Communist ideologies. They all share the experience of living in societies, what had to face significant changes in the past three decades. The radical transformation puts into question concepts of identity and makes a new orientation with new social and ethical rules and behaviour necessary. Contemporary Art acompanies and reflects this process of radical chnage.

Parallel the western orientated and dominated art history is getting rewritten and new chapters are added by a growing global differentiation. The diverse cultural develepments, histories and reference systems enforce a complete new understanding of the many art histories in the different cultural spheres. The Art Collection Telekom has the intention to strengthen this modified views on our complex reality.

Curated by Nathalie Hoyos, Rainald Schumacher and Ewa Kozik, National Museum for Sculpture.

Represented artists: Nevin Aladağ, Anatoly Belov, Geta Brǎtescu, Braco Dimitrijević, Stanisław Dróżdż, Petra Feriancová, Vladimír Houdek, Hristina Ivanoska, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Mi Kafchin, Šejla Kamerić, Genti Korini, Eva Koťátková, Katarzyna Krakowiak, Zofia Kulik, Nino Kvrivishvili, Piotr Łakomy, Vlad Nancă, Paul Neagu, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Cristian Răduţă, Stepan Ryabchenko, Slavs and Tatars, Iza Tarasewicz, Little Warsaw

PREVIEW – Eva Kot'átková and Maria Kulikovska

National Museum for Sculpture – Krolikarnia Palace, Warsaw, -

The Art Collection Telekom presents at the Xawery Dunikowski National Museum for Sculpture at Krolikarnia Palace a work by Czech artist Eva Kot'átková and a revent acquisition by Ukrainian artist Maria Kulikovska.
The exhibition gives a preview for the large overview display of works from the Art Collection Telekom, which takes place in September and October 2017. 'PREVIEW' – Eva Kot'átková and Maria Kulikovska is part of the programme of the Warsaw Gallery Weekend and has been realised with the support of T-Mobile Poland.

Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher in collaboration with the National Museum of Sculpture.

Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia

MNAC – National Museum for Contemporary Art, Bucharest, -

'Shape of Time – Future of Nostalgia' emphasises the strong narrative aspect of Eastern European art, relating the history of and stories from the countries of Eastern Europe. There are stories that reveal an engagement with the past or a vision of the future; all are characterised by a reflection on how history is constructed and modified. Who is telling the narratives? How is time shaped? It counts for the past as well as for the future. ‘Nostalgia’, as Svetlana Boym analyses in "The Future of Nostalgia" is a symptom of our age. It may seem retrospective, but "the fantasies of the past, determined by the needs of the present, have a direct impact on the realities of the future".

A public programme featuring expert lectures, a music performance and artist talks will accompany the exhibition.

Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher in collaboration with the MNAC.

Participating artists: Mihuț Bosçu-Kafchin, Yane Calovski, Stanisław Dróżdż, Ksenia Gnilitska, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güres, Petrit Halilaj, Vladimir Houdek, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Ali Kazma, Šejla Kamerić, Lesia Khomenko, Genti Korini, Eva Kotátková, Zofia Kulik, Vlado Martek, Radenko Milak, Sükran Moral, Ciprian Mureşan, Vlad Nancă, Ioana Nemes, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Tobias Putrih, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović.

Fragile Sense of Hope

me Collectors Room – Berlin, -

The Deutsche Telekom has presented for the first time parts of its Art Collection Telekom in the exhibition 'Fragile Sense of Hope' at me Collectors Room in Berlin.

Fragile Sense of Hope conveys the aesthetic and intellectual journey of building a young collection with a focus on contemporary art from Eastern and Southeastern Europe. With insights into the narrative power of this largely unknown art scene, the exhibit offers the unexpected discovery of a high artistic standard that is often defined by other art historical developments. The exhibit broadens horizons and invites visitors to contemplate the fragility of Europe’s many private and public hopes.

An accompanying program has featured talks and discussions about the status of the contemporary art scene in Eastern Europe.

Curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher in collaboration with the me Collectors Room/Olbricht Foundation.

Participating artists: Mihuț Boșcu Kafchin, Danica Dakić, Stanisław Dróżdż, Petra Feriancová, Igor Grubić, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Nilbar Güreş, Petrit Halilaj, Vladimír Houdek, Šejla Kamerić, Ali Kazma, Genti Korini, Eva Kotátková, Zofia Kulik, Şükran Moral, Ciprian Mureșan, Vlad Nancă, Paul Neagu, Paulina Ołowska, Roman Ondák, Dan Perjovschi, Agnieszka Polska, Nedko Solakov, Mladen Stilinović and Nil Yalter.

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