The Impossible Silence

11 April 3 May 2022


On April 11, 2022, an exhibition by Desislava Unger will open at Stubel Gallery. The exposition includes drawings from her cycle “Pole Position Silence”, previously shown at the City Museum of St. Pölten, Austria in 2021, as well as several large format works created during the last two months.

“In her drawings and xylographs Desislava Unger above all explores the theme of man, which is very interesting, considering that her works are mainly landscapes or abstractions from which human figures are often absent. The artist shares that her aim is to create a simple image, which we can definitely see in her minimalist, sometimes even surreal works, in which the image seems to gradually disintegrate… She is interested in that which has been experienced, suffered, and felt, the trace left by man, the environment in which he lives, his presence and absence," says art critic Andrea-Filipa Zidarova.

Desislava Unger was born in Sofia in 1980. She graduated from the High School of Applied Arts “St. Luka” and after that studied Painting at the National Academy of Arts (Class of Prof. Andrey Daniel). In 2005, Desislava Unger moved to Vienna (where she still lives and works) to study Printmaking at the University of Applied Arts. She competed her master’s degree in 2010.

The artist has had more than 10 solo exhibitions in Austria and several in Bulgaria, among them “Under the Line” (2013) in Sofia and “Estranged Systems” (2014), “Stories of Clouds” (2019) and “The Jumping Man” (2021) in Plovdiv.

Desislava Unger has participated in numerous joint exhibitions and art projects all over the world. She achieved two second places in the National Competition for Young Artists of the Cyril and Methodius Foundation (2005, 2006). She has been nominated for many international awards, such as Strabag Artaward International, Walter Koschatzky Kunstpreis, BAZA Award for Contemporary Art and Gaudenz B. Ruf Award.

Works by Desislava Unger are part of prestigious collections in Vienna – The Albertina Museum, the University of Applied Art,  21er Haus/Belvedere, Strabag Collection, and the MUSA Museum, and in Sofia – the National Art Gallery and “ Cyril and Methodius” Foundation.


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