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Pierre et Gilles Set up by Magazine 1 and the Centre for Culture and Cooperation, French Cultural Institute

09 May 2008 - 06 June 2008

The exhibition is going to present for the first time to the Bulgarian audience original works by the world famous French tandem Pierre and Gilles.

The style of the two artists has long become a symbol of artistic success. They have been working together since 1976 so far having created more than 800 artistic pieces. Their works combine photography and painting and each artist has his own domain in the process – Pierre takes care of the filming while Gilles is in charge of the setting and the painting on the photos.

Partners at work and in life, Pierre and Gilles (Pierre Commoy and Gilles Blanchard) impose their own specific iconography inspired by the symbols of pop-culture, religion, the burlesque, magic and eroticism. Their works are dominated by portraits and self-portraits which they create with a sense of provocation, irony, tenderness or determination. “We tend to idealize the people we make portraits of. Apart from our adoration though you can sense their own energy. We show the world the way it is but through the eye of a poet.”

Among the world stars having sat for a portrait are Catherine Deneuve, Naomi Campbell, Madonna, Marilyn Manson, Jean Paul Gautier, Silvie Vartan, Boy George, Nina Hagen, Kylie Minogue, David Bowie and many others.

The Pierre et Gilles exhibition in Sofia Art Gallery includes 50 works by the legendary artists created in the period between 1978-2008. Among them are the two Silvie Vartan portraits created particularly for the exhibition in Sofia.
Pierre and Gilles themselves are going to be present at the opening and that will be their first visit to a country from South Eastern Europe.

A special catalogue has been issued for the exhibition.

BAZA Award Exhibition of the Nominees Bora Petkova, Vasilena Gankovska, Vikenti Komitski, Violeta Tanova, Lazar Lyutakov, Rada Boukova

07 May 2008 - 06 June 2008

For the first time in Bulgaria the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia jointly with Foundation for a Civil Society, NYC and
Young Visual Artists Awards presents the prestigious BAZA Award for young artist in the field of contemporary art. 

The Award comprises a travel fellowship, a six-week residency at the International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York City, in October 2008 – May 2009 and a solo exhibition at the ICA gallery in Sofia.

The purpose of the Award is to encourage young artists with the opportunities for schooling, exploration and career. The Award creates a positive context for young modern art and an art-friendly milieu. 

The annual Young Visual Artist Award was established in 1990 in the Czech Republic by Wendy Luers, founder and President of the US Foundation for a Civil Society (FCS). Today the Award exists in ten European countries and is one of the prestigious measures of outstanding professional performance. The affiliated states are the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Croatia, Kosovo, Serbia, Macedonia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Albania, to mention but some. The Young Visual Artists Awards international network YVAA (http://www.yvaa.net) has evolved from the active information exchange among the countries.

The initiative and organization of the award procedure and the exhibitions are in the hands of the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) – Sofia (http://ica.cult.bg), which consequently was selected to organize the competition.

The competition is open to artists aged 35 and younger and working in all the media of modern art. Participation is free or on a proposition from invited institutions that are active in the domain of modern art.

The procedure: The jury (Boriana Dragoeva, Kiril Prashkov, Maria Vassileva, Iara Bubnova and Stanislav Pamoukchiev) nominated six artists on the basis of documentation that they have submitted. These finalists will have their works displayed at a general exhibition in the Sofia Art Gallery. The winner will be announced on the opening of the exhibition.

The Sofia Art Gallery is a partner in the project.

The winner is Rada Boukova

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