The CultureInstitut AM contemporary

is a platform for contemporary art, video and documentary production. The activities include organizing of art exhibitions and film or performance festivals, as well aspresentations by artists and authors.

AM contemporary focuses on the international exchange of artists from Eastern and Western Europe. 

AM contemporary was founded in 2009 by Albena Mihaylova as a result of numerous cultural events organized by her from the 90s to present day. The artist's studio in Basel is the headquarters where the projects are born and go on the path of realization. AM Contemporary works with guest curators and collaborates with a large number of cultural organizations and exhibition spaces.


MASISTERS. Healthy Mind Healthy Body

Exhibition - Performance - Video

Oct 29 - Nov 8, 2021


EDGE Women Group

Albena Mihaylova-Bendji
Veneta Marinova
Monika Romenska
Nadia Genova


Through this performative exhibition with video projections, the group «Women on the Edge» ask questions and look for visual answers. The title of the project unites, but also opposes the concepts of Body and Mind through the repetition of the word Healthy. Where is the home of our Mind, and can it be placed in isolation from external factors? The «Women of the Edge» remain in a creative, working phase, despite the global stupor.

In the exhibition «MASISTERS. Healthy Mind Healthy Body» they analyze their existence, reflect the social environment and the global situation. Healthy mind, healthy body is the motto of their work process.

The current appearance of the group Edge Women is a wink at the emblematic poster of the illustrator J. Howard Miller from 1942 - Rosie, The Riveter, which became an icon of the feminist movement.


The project is supported by Municipal Foundation "Plovdiv 2019" and is part of the LEGACY programme of Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019



A project by Culturinstitut AM contemporary and Wildwuchsfestival Basel as a guest

in Kasko Basel,

The Scape of Sound

May 14 - 15 2021 / 18h & 19.30h

Concert: Junghae Lee: Theremin, Marie-Cecile Reber: Live electronics For listening, watching and taking part In the concert “The Scape of Sound” the audience encounters a “Sonic Meditation” by Pauline Oliveros, as well as a visual representation of sound through the theremin and live electronics. The audience is invited to take part in the Sonic Meditation at the beginning in order to sensitize their perception through «deep listening». This is followed by music that develops further as a spatial sound through live electronic transformation, be it through theremin sounds controlled by hand gestures, or be it through fine noise sounds created by an object game.


May 20-22 2021 / Thu-Fri: 16-20h, Sa 14-20h  Process workplace: Albena Mihaylova

The artist loads and unloads the space with elastic bands, ties, catches and places endpoints. The concept of their open “networking” embeds the idea that the network connects us, but also encompasses us. Everyone can join the work process. Welcome to the net!


Between sending and receiving

May 27–31 2021 Opening: May 27 from 4 p.m.

Thu & Fri | 4–8 pm, Sat & Sun | 14-20h

Women* in exchange Exhibition, participatory installation as part of the Wildwuchs Festival Basel:

Soumaya Batache & Isabel Raufenlin

In this project, the two artists and art educators created encounters between unknown women* on the subject of feminism. For several weeks they received parcels home regularly. It contained material and suggestions that invited artistic work and research. In this way, a lively mutual exchange has arisen about different experiences, personal stories, dreams and memories. A collective archive of artistic works that also invites visitors to join in and share their own stories.



Festival Art Positive, organized by Art Today Plovdiv March 17. – April 18. 2021

Video Installation by Albena Mihaylova Bendji

Fiktive Biografien

Ausstellung, Videoinstallation

Albena Mihaylova

13.11.2020 – 6.12.2020

Raum für aktuelle Kunst und Performance, Warteck PP Burgweg 7, 4058 Basel 

Eröffnung: Do 12.11.2020 um 18h

Öffnungszeiten: Do–Fr 16–19h/Sa–So 14–19h


FOOD #2 – between advertising, art, consumption and the crisis

16 September - 31 October 2020

20 videos from the following 19 artists or artist groups:

Paul Birchall, Sergey Bratkov, Dmitry Bulnygin, Lia Anna Hennig, Bernadette Huber, Ana

Hušman, Ji Su Kang-Gatto, Andreas Kressig, Biørn Melhus und Anne Maar, Alexandra

Meyer, Albena Mihaylova-Manz, Alexandra Mitlyanskaya, Shae Myles, Leah Netsky, Laure

Prouvost, Martina Wolf, Ezra Wube and Gyonyoung Yoon

Selected by the Baltic Branch of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts (Kaliningrad, Russia),Igor Grubic (artist, Zagreb, Croatia) and the team.

A cooperation between Andrea Domesle, Congress Center Basel, the media library FHNW Academy of Art and Design and Pro Innerstadt Basel.

Daily from 08:00 am to 24:00 20 videos without sound will be shown on the eBoard of the

Congress Center Basel at Messeplatz 21 near the Swissôtel Le Plaza.


Residency ONLINE

September 7-15, 2020 

Mentors and guests with presentations:

Bill Aichison (USA / China), Gary Hill(USA), Albena Mihaylova-Bendji (Switzerland / Bulgaria), Daisuke Takeya (Japan / Canada), Prerana Reddy (USA), Qing Cai (China/USA)

In times of post pandemic situation and social distancing we are opening platform for exchange and development of ideas surrounding our everyday strange life since the start of Lockdown.  

Some possible variations of themes to work on during residency:

A study of relationships and connections in the new everyday life, in which the physical element is subtracted from the equation.

Where do the boundaries of the individual and the collective consciousness shift when there is no physical boundary and / or interaction (ie the infinite online space)

How cultural heritage is formed without a physical aspect.

The aim of the residency with mentor program is not to finalize a complete art product, but rather define creative ways of dealing with the new situation after the lock-down and its personal and social repercussions.

Graphics Now

Group exhibition of selected graphic works by 19 authors.

Curator: Monica Romenska

19 Junе – 29 August 2020

Albena Mihaylova-Bendji presents in the exhibition Graphic Nowseven monumental graphic works, hand-printed.Kapana Gallery, Rayko Daskalov 29, Plovdiv

Three of Life

Genealogies of Bulgarian contemporary art Exhibition / Second Edition

9 July – 31 July2020

Mariela Gemisheva, Albena Mihaylova, Liliana Karadzhova, Nenko Atanasov

Curator Gergana Mudova

The exhibition presents works by four Bulgarian artists from different artistic genres andgroups, who, in addition to being artists, are distinguished experts in history and artcriticism. Using techniques and media typical of their respective fields – video art anddocuments, posters, photography, fashion, etc. – they have visualised and textualised aspecific period of Bulgarian art by each creating their own take on a “pedigree tree”. Theirresearch is based on historical facts that have then been refracted through personalexperience and participation in historical processes.

One Gallery

14 Ivan Vasov, Sofia (BG)

Der innere Spiegel

11. Juni – 3. Juli 2020

Peter Gospodinov 

Gallery Muri-ART 

Belpstrasse 6, 3074 Muri bei Bern (CH)

12 era - defining artworks that trace shiftings perspectives in modern Bulgaria

4 June 2020

Overview of Bulgaria’s modern art history from before, during and after the political transition of 1989.

Curator Vesselina Sarieva for The Calvert Journal: Link

Old Devils

On-line Laboratory. An international conversation about women, ageing and radicalism.3 / 4 June 2020 Albena Mihaylova - Bendji, video and performance artist with a great experience, is one of the selected four artists from Switzerland. The project was developed by Wildwuchs Festival (Switzerland) and SICK! Festival (UK), and funded by Pro Helvetia.Old Devils brings together women who are associated with radical changes in culture and society in the 1960s, 70s and 80s in the UK and Switzerland. Working towards possible new performance presentation at our festivals in 2021 (Basel) and 2022 (Manchester), artists from the UK and Switzerland will explore the role of protest, activism, sub-cultural movements, the arts and loud music in areas including feminism, race relations and LGBTQI+ identity.

Fictional Biographies

Solo Exhibition by Albena Mihaylova – BendjiPart of the exhibitions series Autobiographies, curated by Nadezhda Dzhakova in the Museum of Contemporary Art Sofia Arsenal.3 September – 17 November 2019 Albena Mihaylova-Bendji presents а monumental 4-channel video installation. She works in collaboration with the Korean new music composer Junghae Lee.

Sofia Arsenal, Contemporary Art Museum

Les Reines Prochaines (Future Queen)
Multimedia performance 
14. September 2019

The renowned Swiss multimedia group "Les Reines Prochaines" from Basel, Switzerland. 
Muda Matisse, Sous Zwic, Francie Magdorin, Michel Fuchs are video and performance artists and musicians who have won the 2019 Swiss Music Award.




13. - 27. September 2019

Expect the unexpected! In their consecutive fifth event, the four artists will show a live picture again – “Little White Cloud”, dedicated to Albena Mihaylova-Benji. The overall presentation includes a video, an installation and a performance by the group. The duration of the performance will be approximately 20 minutes and it will consist of two parts: the first one held in the hall and the closing part held in the adjacent space in front of the gallery.


EARTHBOUND. Tales of Man and Nature


28. August – 20. September 2019

Curated by Marie Himmerich
Artists: Tolia Astakhishvili, Dani Jakob, Albena Mihaylova, Ani Schulze, Radostin Sedevchev, Dimitar Shopov, Martina Vacheva and Nico Joana Weber

Main location: Goethe-Institut Sofia (BG)

Second location: National Museum "Man and Earth"


Open Art Files: Notes and footnotes


16. August – 30. September 2019
Kapana, Plovdiv

Plovdiv, Culture Capital of Europe 2019

Curated by Vera Mlechevska

Works by Adelina Popnedeleva, Albena Mihaylova-Bendji, Alexander Valchev, Alla Georgieva, Assen Ushev, Nedko Solakov, Neno Belchev, Oleg Mavromatti, Orlin Dvoryanov, Pravdoliub Ivanov and many others

LISTE Art Fair 19, Basel

Generation between Enthusiasm and Destruction

10.–16. June

Kaskadenkondensator Basel

Curated by Albena Mihaylova Manz

AM contemporary is pleased to participate in LISTE 19 Art Basel 2019, with works by EDGE Women Group, Dimitar Genchev, Velizar Dimchev, Lyubomir Krastev and Kaloyan Iliev


04. Apr - 30.06.2019

Plovdiv, Culture Capital of Europe 2019

Deutsche Telekom's collection presents contemporary art from East Europe. The project is curated by Nathalie Hoyos and Rainald Schumacher.

AM contemporary is pleased to participate with works by Bendji-Albena Mihaylova



13., 14., 15. September 2019

Museum and Galleries Night

Plovdiv, Culture Capital of Europe 2019

AM contemporary is pleased to present Videos by Swiss Artists Muda Mathis and Sus Zwick, and Music Performance by Les Reines Prochaines.

Curated by Albena Mihaylova Manz

Partner Cu29, Plovdiv



Albena Bendji Mihaylova

Solo Exhibition

Video, Installations

3.Oktober-18.November 2019

Arsenal Sofia Contemporary Art Museum



4. -10. April 2019

Kino Brotfabrik, Berlin

Short films by Reinhard Manz

Entschriftung der Greifengasse




Premiere Dokumentarfilm

from Reinhard Manz

22. Januar 2019

Kino Bourbaki, Luzern


The Other Things


5.12.2018 Gallery space in Plovdiv


Documentary DISANCIA, 75 min
30.11.2018, 6 pm
Czechoslovak club
15, Krakra Street, Sofia


Texturen, Schloss Pratteln CH

16.11.– 9.12. 2018


First price Winner! Best Foreign Film Award!

AegeanDocs International Film festival

Dokumentary by Albena Myhaylova

Cine Arion, Mytilini

01.10 - 06.10. 2018 



Premiere in Museum Trotte Arlesheim CH

28.–30. September 2018

Vernissage am 27. September 2018, 18 Uhr

PANCH at Liste 18, Young Art Fair Basel

Kaskadenkondensator, Burgweg 15, Basel CH

12. –17. Juni 2018

Vernissage 11. Juni


Peter Gospodinov at Museum Birsfelden CH

25.Mai bis 17.Juni 2018


Performance Gathering

Rosengarten Kunsthaus Zofingen CH

12. Mai 2018


PANCH zu Gast im Kasko, Basel CH

Workshop Performance and Presentation.

4.-6. Mai 2018, Kaskadenkondensator Basel


The Video Artist

Reinhard Manz at Freiraum in Basel CH

7. April bis 27. Mai 2018


«Thing, Nothing, Everything» 

by Bendji Albena Mihaylova

7. April 2018 

The Great Boudha Stupa Bodnath, Kathmandu, Nepal

Kunsthaus Zofingen

10. Februar bis 25. März 2018

General Guisan-Strasse 12 / 4800 Zofingen CH