The exhibition, featuring more than 80 paintings by 46 Bulgarian artists, is a showcase of the Sofia City Art Gallery collection. Works included in the exhibition date from the mid-20th century through the beginning of the 21st century. They give an idea of the spirit of the time they were created in, as well as of the artistic trends and changes in Bulgarian art.
The exhibition features the works of prominent artists such as Ivan Nenov, Dechko Ouzounov, Vera Nedkova, Vasil Barakov, Stoyan Sotirov, Kiril Petrov, who studied in Munich, Paris, Vienna and whose artistic career started before World War II to be continued after the war ended. Their works, as well as those of applied artists having worked in the 1920’s, 1930’s and the early 1940’s provided the basis and inspiration for the generation of artists whose career started in the 1960’s, namely Svetlin Rousev, Ivan Kirkov, Yoan Leviev, Dimitur Kirov, Georgi Bozhilov, Genko Genkov, Georgi Baev, Alexander Petrov, Magda Abazova, Peter Dochev, Ivan Voukadinov, Lika Yanko. The latter generation brought painting back to prominence in the Bulgarian art scene leading the way for many decades through its works and truly distinctive artistic approaches.
The trends set by the generations to follow are presented in the works of Nikolay Masterov, Ivan Dimov, Dimitur Bouyokliiski, Toma Trifonovski, Hristo Simeonov, Dimitur Kazakov-Nero, Yordan Katsamounski, Dinko Stoev, Sasho Stoitsov, Milko Bozhkov, Andrei Daniel, Svilen Blazhev, Ivaylo MIrchev, as well as in the early 21st century works of the youngest generation of artists represented by Mihaela Vlaseva, Ivan Kostolov, etc.
Earlier this year, namely in April, 2009, the exhibition was presented in the Russian Academy of Arts, Moscow as part of the “Sofia Days in Moscow” initiative.