4 September 2019

Exhibition of Wilfrid Almendra - 10 September - 30 October, Sofia

Sariev Gallery presents:

Exhibition of Wilfrid Almendra
First resident artist within Sariev + Markov Artist Residency,
part of Sariev + Markov sculpture projects

10 September – 30 October 2019
Opening: September 10, 6 pm in the presence of the artist

Vrana Park Museum, 381 Tsarigradsko Shose Blvd., Sofia (accessible by bus # 505, schedule here)
Working hours: Saturday and Sunday between 10 am and 4 pm
Admission: BGN 4 / EUR 2 for adults, free admission on 17 September (Sofia Day)

Wilfrid Almendra is a French-Portuguese artist who lives and works in Marseille. This year, he is the first artist selected to participate in Sariev + Markov Artist Residency by the French curator Daria de Beauvais, senior curator, Palais de Tokyo and member of the selection committee of Sariev + Markov Artist Residency who visited Bulgaria in March.
Sariev + Markov Artist Residency, which first edition took place in February-March 2019 in Sofia, aims to give opportunity to professional artists selected by established curators to produce a sculptural work in Markovstudio, Sofia and present it in collaboration with Sariev Gallery in front of larger audience.

Within the Aritst Residency in Bulgaria, Wilfrid Almendra created a new work, the sculpture VLZ310 Later (2019), whose name is borrowed from a mower model that embodies the consumer dream of home and garden as the embodiment of happiness in the suburbs.
After the public presentation of the sculpture project in June at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery and its participation in the exhibition "100 artists in the city - ZAT 2019" in Montpellier, France, the work will be exhibited and opened for visiting at the Vrana Park Museum, Sofia, between 10 September – 30 October 2019 and presented by its author, Wilfrid Almendra.


The visit of Wilfrid Almendra in Bulgaria is at invitation of Sariev Gallery, as part of Sariev+Markov Sculpture Projects.

The first projects within Sariev+Markov sculpture projects are realised in partnership with French InstituteSofia MunicipalitySofia City Art Gallery and its branch Vaska Emanouilova GalleryOpen Arts Foundation. The project is funded by the Culture Programme of Sofia Municipality.

Sariev+Markov Sculpture Projects is a joint initiative of Sariev Gallery and Markovstudio, which aims, through various activities (residency, educational module consisting of artist talks and lectures, workshops, open doors studio, as well as exhibitions and collaborations with public institutions) to establish a field for creating and presenting sculptural projects for the public space, as well as an environment for discussion and development of such projects, in Bulgaria and abroad.

More info about the project here


Working with various materials, Wilfrid Almendra creates works in which the harmonious eclectic of forms and matter originates from the deep observation, analysis and experience of the artist. Almendra is interested not only in the physical but also in the social and cultural origin of the materials. In his works, they express economic and class relationships, historical motives, political and cultural peculiarities of architecture, etc.

Among his recent solo exhibitions are: Clark House, Bombay (2018); Centre Bastille, Grenoble (2018); Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2017); Fogo Island Arts, Canada (2016); Chelles art center, Paris (2014); Passerelle art center, Brest; Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris and Parc Saint Léger art center (2013). His work has been included as part of many international group shows, including „Singing stones“, Dusable Museum, Chicago, USA (2017); „Souvenir du XXIème siècle“, Paris (2016); „MuThe Other Sight“, CAC Vilnius (2015), „Let’s Play“, part of Playtime, biennial Les Ateliers de Rennes; „The Brancusi Effect“, Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna; „Parapanorama“, Palais de Tokyo, Paris (2014); „Fieldwork“, Marfa gallery, Texas, USA; „Vue d’en haut“, Centre Pompidou, Metz, (2013); „Skyscraper: Art and Architecture Against Gravity“, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; „Prestige“, Culture Communication Center, Klaipeda, Lithuania (2012); „Making is Thinking“, Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011); „Perpetual Battles“, Baibakov Art Projects, Moscow; „Retour vers le futur“, CAPC, art center Bordeaux (2010).

More about Wilfrid Almendra here