Top Secret

  • 1989-1990
  • Nedko Solakov
  • Acrylic, drawing ink, oil, photographs, graphite, bronze, aluminum, wood; a shameful secret; 179 index cards in original box, 14 x 46 x 39 cm; Video on DVD, color, sound, 40:07 min. looped, 2007.
  • (kaartenbak / cardbox) 15 x 39 x 46,9 cm
    duur / duration 40:07 min
  • Location not on view.
  • Acquired in 2008
  • Inventory number 2927
  • met steun van / with support of Stichting Promotors Van Abbemuseum

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Description Top Secret

'Top Secret', created between December 1989 and February 1990, consists of an index box, filled with a series of cards detailing the artist’s youthful collaboration with the Bulgarian state security, which he stopped in 1983.

The work caused great controversy when it was first exhibited in the spring of 1990, at the height of the political changes to the long-standing Communist rule. The self-disclosing gesture in this artistic project is still unique in the context of post-Communist Europe, and since its appearance 'Top Secret' has become an icon of its time. The state documents with regard to the collaboration of the artist with the state security of Communist Bulgaria were only made public in 2018.

The forty-minute long video, which shows the artist rereading the index box’s contents, was shot in his studio in Sofia in 2007.