The Sofia City Art Gallery presents the latest acquisitions to its collection in the departments of painting, graphic arts, sculpture and contemporary art. The said works have been acquired over the past two years through purchase or donation.
Thanks to the financial support provided by the Sofia City Municipal Authorities the gallery made its first purchases of works of art in 2007, following a fifteen-year hiatus. Ever since then new worksbelonging to various genres have been added to the museum’s collection following a process of careful selection. Donations made by artists and heirs have also been an important source of adding new work to the collection.
The highlights of this exhibition are the two bronze figures by the sculptor Kiril Shivarov (1887-1938), entitled „A Praying woman” and „Cain”. Having completed his studies in Prague and Vienna, he was among the most interesting early twentieth century Bulgarian artists. A work by another world famous Bulgarian sculptor, Assen Paikov (1908-1973), is also featured in the collection and this is his masterpiece “Christ” (circa 1936). Other significant new additions to the collection include two plaster models by Galin Malakchiev, free standing sculptures by Boyan Raynov, the portrait of writer Emilian Stanev by Velichko Minekov, the compositions by Snezhana Simeonova and Raya Georgieva.
New additions to the department of painting include three paintings by the great Bulgarian woman painter Slavka Deneva, Svetlin Russev’s emblematic work “Pieta”, as well as works by Atanas Patsev, Dimitur Arnaoudov, Peter Dochev, Edmond Demirdjian, Andrey Daniel, Gredi Assa, Kolio Karamfilov, Dinko Stoev. Classic examples of modern Bulgarian painting are the works of Konstantin Tringov and Nikola Boyadzhiev. The City Art Gallery remains true to its policy of supporting the youngest generations of painting artists, including Mihaela Vlasseva, Violeta Tanova, Ivan Kostolov and Deyan Yanev. New additions to the graphic arts department include works by Roumen Skorchev, Anastasiya Panayotova and Yavora Petrova.
New additions to the contemporary art department include works by Vasil Simitchiev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Kalin Serapionov, Krassimir Terziev, Mariela Gemisheva, Sasho Stoitsov, Vikenti Komitski, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Krasimir Krustev – Rassim, Ivan Moudov.