Maja Spasova

Profile  |  Artworks  |  Exhibitions  |  Network  |  Awards  |  Comments
THE GOLDEN BRAID, 2015 Urban Site Specific Installation Diam 30 Cm, Length 27 M © Maja Spasova
RUBY, 2015 Site Specific Installation Diam 6 M, Height 8.5 M © Maja Spasova
BINDU, 2014 Urban Performance Diam 3 M © Maja Spasova
BRIGHT SHINY ME, 2013 Site Specific Sound Installation 0.35 X 20 X 20 Meters
BRIGHT SHINY ME, 2013 Site Specific Sound Installation Total 20 X 20 M © Maja Spasova
SELF-PORTRAIT WITH A LEAF MASK, 2013 Photography 50 X 56 Centimeters © Maja Spasova
PROJECT MIN ALSKLING/MY DARLING, 2012 Urban Sight Specific Sound Installation 200 X 45 X 3,5 M © Johnny Green & Maja Spasova
MIRIANA, 2012 Hd Video Projection Varies © Maja Spasova
PROJECT 35W, 2012 Site Specific Urban Installation © Maja Spasova
PSSST, 2011 Urban Interactive Video Installation 6 X 8 M © Maja Spasova
PSSST, 2011 Urban Interactive Video Installation 6 X 8 M © Maja Spasova
EDEN, 2011 Drawing 17 X 20 Centimeters © Maja Spasova
THE MASK On Going Interactive Video Project Varies © Maja Spasova
THE CONVERSATION, 2011 Video Performance, Hd Projection Varies © Maja Spasova
PORTRAIT OF A LADY, 2011 Sound Installation Diam 28 Cm, Height 235 Cm © Maja Spasova
THE ELBOWS OF ZEN, 2011 Site Specific Installation 4 X 5 M © Maja Spasova
STAND BY..., 2010 Interactive Urban Digital Installation 144 Sqm © Maja Spasova
MIGRATIONS, 2010 Installation 36 Sqm © Maja Spasova
ENCOUNTERS, 2010 Site Specific Sound Installation 6 X 6 X 21 M © Maja Spasova
THE DIAMOND OF DANCY, 2009 Site Specific Sound Installation 3 X 4 X 4 Meters © Maja Spasova
DRAWING, 2009 Drawing 21 X 29,5 Cm © Maja Spasova
WHITE MEADOW, 2009 Site Specific Installation 600 Sqm © Maja Spasova
BLACK THOUGHT & GRAY THOUGHT, 2007 Installation 4 X 6 X 28 M © Maja Spasova
QUESTION MARK, 2007 Urban Installation 6 X 10 X 1m © Maja Spasova
I HAD A DREAM LAST NIGHT..., 2007 Performance
WITHOUT TITLE, 2007 Hd Video Projection © Maja Spasova
LIPSTICK CRUCIFIXION, 2007 Video Performance © Maja Spasova
BED & BREAKFAST, 2006 Site Specific Urban Installation 26 X 2 M © Maja Spasova
ALPHA & OMEGA, 2006 Multimedia Installation © Maja Spasova
MEN SLEEPING, 2004 Installation © Ulla Nordfors, Maja Spasova
CONFESSION FUNNELS, 2004 Site Specific Interactive Urban Installation © Ulla Nordfors, Maja Spasova
2000 AD, 2003 Photography 350 X 100 Cm © Maja Spasova
4000 FEATHERS, 2001 Installation © Maja Spasova
THE ARCH OF THANKS, 2001 Urban Installation 5 X 5 X 1 M © Maja Spasova
ECSTASY, 2001 Installation 2 X 2 X 0.25 M © Maja Spasova
THE WALL OF DREAMS, 2001 20 X 2,5 M © Ulla Nordfors, Maja Spasova
THE LAST JUDGMENT, 2000 Performance © Maja Spasova, BN Reklam & flygfoto
THE DREAMS' BOW, 1999 Installation 68 X 15 M, Diam 0,21 M © Maja Spasova
THE DREAMS' GATE, 1999 Installation 3 X 3 X 0,03 M © Maja Spasova
BOXERS, 1999 Silkscreen On Paper 80 X 60 Cm © Maja Spasova
THE GAP OF TRUTH, 1998 Interactive Sound Installation Diam 120 Cm, Height 150 Cm © Maja Spasova
MAMA, 1998 Drawing © Maja Spasova
VOYAGE ROMANTIQUE SUR LA SEINE, 1, 1998 Silkscreen On Paper 105 X 74 Cm © Maja Spasova
VOYAGE ROMANTIQUE SUR LA SEINE, 2, 1998 Silkscreen On Paper 105 X 74 Cm © Maja Spasova
VOYAGE ROMANTIQUE SUR LA SEINE, 3, 1998 Silkscreen On Paper 105 X 74 Cm © Maja Spasova
WINGED, 1998 Installation 6 X 4 8 M © Maja Spasova
ROMANTIC JOURNEY ON SEINE, 1996 Performance © Maja Spasova
TIME POOL AND HEAVENLY PILLARS, 1993 Site Specific Installation © Maja Spasova
TIME POOL AND HEAVENLY PILLARS, 1993 Site Specific Installation © Maja Spasova
IN SOUL AND HEART, 1992 Photography 2 X 2 M © Maja Spasova
PROJECT PARLIAMENT STREET - BIRD STREET, 1992 Performance © Maja Spasova
TRAVELLING LIGHT, 1989 Performance © Maja Spasova
PLAZA CALLAO, 1997 Happening © Maja Spasova
Quick Facts


My work shows both elements of installation, performance – episodically reconstructed events in a milieu which is often city, and the character of more or less integrated forms found in the urban landscape.
The point of departure is an idea where the message has both poetic and existential character. Aesthetically I am at home in the conceptual traditions of art and I always address a larger part of the beholder than merely the cognitive and reflecting aspect. I contemplate the fundamental conditions of life in my art.
Sound is an essential aspect of my work, but not the only one, because I use many different matters. I do not produce esthetic objects. My art is more a way of producing relations and processes even in the cases when the final result is an object or an installation or a book etc.
My works are always in relation to a certain room, physical or mental, and to those who take part in it by looking, moving around, listening, feeling, speaking.
I have located many of my projects in urban public places; my expressed desire is to reach people who are not part of the professional art system while also being connected with a more fundamental desire to eradicate the differences between art and life.
In the numerous art works for public space, as well in installations and performances for the white cube, I put a lot of careful work in which I assume the double role of initiator and project leader. The advanced technological elements that I often use mean that the works develop in dialogue with technical expertise in accordance with accepted scientific methods, but also together with audience, public, nature, the unpredictable chance.


Maja Spasova has been presented at international exhibitions and festivals such as Venice Biennial, ARTEC Nagoya, Dak’art Senegal etc. She has more than 100 solo shows at art museums and galleries in Europe and overseas. She has realized numerous art projects in public space in Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, USA and is represented in public and private collections all over the world.

Education: Art College, Sofia 1974 – 78; The Academy of Fine Art, Sofia 1979 – 84; guest student at The Royal University College of Fine Arts in Stockholm, 1986 – 87.

Exhibitions and projects:

2016 Imagistic, Cardiff, UK

Calling Your Name, performance, Djerassi Foundation, CA, USA

I Had A Dream Last Night, performance, AIOP, NY, USA

Artful Harvest, Djerassi Foundation, CA, USA

Zeppelin 2016, Barcelona, Spain

2015 ProCreate Project, Goldsmiths University London, UK

Musée du dessin et de l’estampe originale, Gravelines, France

To And From, performance, the crypt of the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden

To Be A Heart, site-specific sound installation in the crypt of the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden

The Golden Rope, urban site-specific installation, the Cathedral of Lund, Sweden

Ruby, Vandalorum Art Museum, Sweden

Attention! You Are Leaving The Human Zone, Varnamo, Sweden

2014 On screen, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK

Museum of Public Art, Lund, Sweden

L'art en lieux, Artotheque du Limousin, France

Bindu, performance, Durbar Square Kathmandu, Nepal

лук [luc]: onion, The Bogliasco Foundation, Italy

2013 Gallery Factory-Art, Berlin, Germany

Bright Shiny Me, site-specific installation for VCCA and UVA, VA, USA

Imagistic, Cardiff, UK Project Notes, in progress in several countries

CIAC, Bourbourg, France Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France

2012 Project 35W, site-specific urban installation, Minneapolis, USA

Project Min Älskling/My Darling, site-specific urban sound installation, Stockholm Culture festival, Sweden

The Mask – ongoing interactive video project, Stockholm Fringe Festival, Sweden

Hambidge Art Gala, GA, USA

Museum of Public Art, Lund, Sweden

2011 The Elbows of Zen, installation, VermontStudioCenter, USA

PSSST, urban video installation for European Culture Capital, Turku, Finland

Studio SUMU, Turku, Finland

Espacio MenosUno, Madrid, Spain

Hambidge Fall Festival, GA, USA

Gallery Titanik, Turku, Finland

2010 MediaLab Prado, Madrid, Spain

Migrations and Encounters, Palacio de la Mosquera, Arenas de San Pedro, Spain

Foundation Ricard, Paris, France

2009 Artotheque du Limousin, Limoges, France

Zeppelin 2009, Festival of Sound Art, Barcelona, Spain

The Diamond of Sancy, outdoor installation, Murol, France

Kronprinzenpalais, Berlin, Germany

White Meadow, site-specific outdoor installation, Ragdale Foundation, Chicago, USA

Museum of Public Art, Lund, Sweden

Gallery Signal, Malmö, Sweden

CD-album “Maja af Svea”, published by Olof Bright, Sweden

2008 Gallery Gösta Bergman, Stockholm, Sweden

2007 Royal Academy of Fine Arts, Stockholm, Sweden

Art Museum, Gothenburg, Sweden

I had a Dream Last Night, project for Stockholm Culture Festival, Sweden

Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin, Germany

N. O. Gallery, Milano, Italy

Res Publica, Stadthaus Zürich, Switzerland

2006 Sonoric perspectives, The Art Museum, Ystad, Sweden

Art Feminism, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Hälsinglands museum, Hudiksvall, Sweden

Art au fèminin, Auxerre, France

Projekt Geheimnisse, Berlin, Germany Outdoor installation at Hackeche Höfe, Berlin, Germany

Bed and Breakfast, outdoor installation, off Biennial Dak’art, Senegal

2005 Art Feminism, Dunkers Kulturhus, Helsingborg, Sweden

European Ceramic Workcentre – EKWC, Den Bosch, Netherlands

2004 Art Museum, BorÂs, Sweden

schwEDEN, Swedish Embassy, Berlin, Germany

Lange Nacht der Museen, Berlin, Germany

Confession Funnels, 10 outdoor installations, Stockholm, Sweden

Heaven and Earth, permanent installation, Helsingborg, Sweden

The Arch of Thanks, outdoor installation, Helsingborg, Sweden

Cajarc, Centre d’art contemporain Georges Pompidou, France

Spring Salon, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Project Secrets, Liljevalchs konsthall/The Blue Gate, Stockholm, Sweden

Installation, The Church of Sofia, Stockholm, Sweden

2003 Spring Salon, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

The Garden of Senses, permanent installation, Pankow, Berlin, Germany

Project Secrets, Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

2002 Naughty Angels, permanent interactive installation, Stockholm, Sweden

Postfuhramt, Berlin, Germany

The Last Judgement, performance, Berlin, Germany

2001 European Ceramic Workcentre – EKWC, Den Bosch, Netherlands

The Arch of Thanks, outdoor installation, Alexanderstrasse, Berlin, Germany

World Festival of Works on Paper, Ljubljana, Slovenia

The Wall of Dreams and Hopes, permanent outdoor installation, Linköping, Sweden

2000 Grosse Kunstausstellung, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany

The Last Judgement, performance, Stockholm, Sweden

Art Museum, BorÂs, Sweden

1999 The Dreams’ Place, permanent outdoor installation, Linköping, Sweden

Zwei aus funfundzwanzig, DW Bethanien, Berlin, Germany

Performance, Swedish PEN, Stockholm, Sweden

1998 Winged, permanent installation, SOS-centre, Stockholm, Sweden

The Diary of Laughter, project on the Internet The Tower of Laughter, sound installation, Klangturm, St. Pölten, Austria

Centre national de l’estampe et de l’art imprimè, Paris, France

The Gap of Truth, sound installation, The Church of Revelation, Stockholm, Sweden

Mirror, mirror, sound installation, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

1997 Impossible projects, Chicago, USA

Medium 4, St. Gheorghe, Rumania

1996 Orte, book project, Germany

Gratias, L’atelier parisien, Paris, France

A Romantic Tour on Seine, performance, Paris, France

Dessein de desseins, Heartless, Paris, France

Video and sound installation, Centre Culturel Suédois, Paris, France

1995 On board, Aperto, Venice Biennial, Italy

Artec, Nagoya, Japan

Multimediale 4, ZKM Karlsruhe, Germany

The Grey Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden

Creations, The Church of Kestad, Sweden

1994 RIX, Linköping, Sweden

ArsBaltika, Sweden

AnnArtFestival, Rumania

Who Wants to Embrace Me, performance, Riddarholmen, Stockholm, Sweden

1993 Spurlos, Potsdam, Germany

Sublima sm stunder, Nationalmuseum, Stockholm, Sweden

Kling-klang-plan, sound installation, central railway station, Stuttgart, Germany

Rund um die Kuppel, Kunstverein, Stuttgart, Germany

Flags, Lidköping, Sweden Birdmirrors, sound installation in TrädgÂrdsföreningen, Linköping, Sweden

Meiner Zeit in Solitude, book project, Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

1992 The Cocktail Party, Stavanger Speculum Festival, Norway

Jönköping läns museum, Sweden Stockholm

Water Festival, Stockholm, Sweden

Tegel, Bohusläns Museum/Art Gallery, Uddevalla, Sweden

Art Fair, Hamburg, Germany

1991 The Pleasure Garden, installation at Gallery Enkehuset, Stockholm, Sweden

Kling-klang-plan, sound installation, metro station Odenplan, Stockholm, Sweden

Project Riksgata-FÂgelgatan, Stockholm, Sweden

1990 Art Museum, BorÂs, Sweden

Sommer Atelier, Hannover, Germany

The Labyrint, installation, BorÂs, Sweden

1989 Travelling Light, Lake Mälaren, Strängnäs, Sweden

Kronhuset, Gothenburg, Sweden

Performance in the metro, Stockholm, Sweden

The Temple, installation at Fristadstorget, Eskilstuna, Sweden

National Museum, Struga, Macedonia

Gallery Konstcentrum, Gothenburg, Sweden

1988 Happening, the bay of Sölvesborg, Sweden

Gallery Diana, Stockholm, Sweden

Mini Print International, Barcelona, Spain

City Gallery, Halmstad, Sweden

Wadköpings Konsthall, Örebro, Sweden

1987 Happening, Plaza Callao, Madrid, Spain

1986 Nordic Art Festival, Reykjavik, Iceland

1984 Youth Theater, Sofia, Bulgaria


Grants, awards and AiR:

Bildkonstnärsfonden, Sweden

IASPIS, Sweden

The City of Stockholm, Sweden

The Swedish Institute, Sweden

Liljevalchs konsthall, Stockholm, Sweden

Längmanska kulturfonden, Sweden

Helge Ax:son Johnsons stiftelse, Sweden

Göran Lagervalls stiftelse, Sweden

The Swedish Church Cultural Award

Akademie Schloss Solitude, Stuttgart, Germany

Zentrum für Kunst und Medienteknologie, Karlsruhe, Germany

The City of Berlin, Germany

Swedish Embassy, Berlin, Germany

DRAC, Marseille, France

Niederösterreichische Kulturszene, Austria

EKWC, Den Bosch, Netherlands

SUMU, Turku, Finland

Djerassi, CA, USA

The Bogliasco Foundation, NY, USA

Ragdale Foundation, IL, USA

Vermont Studio Center, VT, USA

Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, VA, USA

Hambidge, GA, USA

Swedish Embassy, Washington DC, USA

Can Serrat, Spain

Espacio Menosuno, Madrid, Spain

Swedish Embassy, Madrid, Spain

St James Cavalier Center for Creativity, Valletta, Malta

Bikalpa Art Center, Kathmandu, Nepal


Selected book publications:

2014 "Maja Spasova, Drawings" by Elisabet Haglund and Maja Spasova, publisher: Bokforlaget Arena, Sweden

2013 "Contemporary Art for Ordinary People" by S. Arrhenius, M. Dzjurlikowska, A. Olofsson and others, publisher: Sveriges Konstforeningar, Sweden

2011 "Rörlig Konstruktion = Mobile Art Production" by Magdalena Malm and others, publisher: Axl Books, Sweden

"Public Art in Sweden", publisher: Books LLC, Wiki Series

2010 “Plats, Poetik och Politik” by Fagerström och Haglund, publisher: Arena, Sweden

2009 “Maja af Svea”, double CD-album with the sound art of Maja Spasova, text by Thomas Millroth, publisher: OlofBright, Sweden

2007 ”Maja Spasova” monograph by Anders Olofsson, Beate Sydhoff and Niclas Östlind, publisher: Arena, Sweden

"LARM: from mouth cavity to laptop: the sound of Nordic art" by Mona Petersson, Thomas Millroth and others, publisher: Kabusa Bocker, Sweden

2006 “The Ceramic Process” by Anton Reijnders, publisher: A & C, UK

2005 “Konstfeminism” by Anna Livion Ingvarsson, Barbro Wekmäster and Niclas Östlind, publisher: Atlas, Sweden

2004 “Hemligheter” by Maja Spasova, publisher: En Bok för Alla, Sweden

2000 "Jahrbuch 5 - Und funf und zehn. 10 Jahre", publisher: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany

1997 ”ZKM” by Katharina Würm and Elisabeth Clegg, publisher: Prestel, USA

1995 “On board” by Jerome Sans, publisher: Ritter, Austria

1994 “Swedish Samples” by Christian Chambert, Ingela Lind, Daniel Birnbaum, publisher: Propexus, Sweden

1993 “Ein Buch über Stuttgart; Chronik meiner Zeit in Solitude” by Maja Spasova, publisher: Akademie Schloss Solitude, Germany

"Vingspeglar“ by Ingamaj Beck, publisher: Natur och Kultur, Sweden

”Sublima Små Stunder” by Elisabeth Haitto and Olof Wallenstein, publisher: National Museum Stockholm, Sweden

1991 "The Pleasure Garden" by Elisabeth Haitto and Gunnar Sillen, publisher: Gallery Aenkehuset, Sweden

Exhibited with these artists
Exhibited at these venues
Maja Spasova has Exhibited at these venues: