04 February 2014 - 09 March 2014
Whether it is a hobby, a passion, or a business, collection of artworks typically remains hidden behind personal motives and preferences, keeping away from, or simply failing to gain wide publicity.
The SCAG exhibition grants the viewer access to this personal territory through selected works from Dr. Slavov’s collection.
Prof. Chavdar Slavov, DMSc, is a specialist in urology, a member of the World Health Organization (WHO) Standing Committee for Europe and also an international member of the World, European and American Urological Associations. He was born in 1953 in Sofia. He was granted honorary citizenship by the town of Kyustendil. He has been in close touch with artists and people belonging to various artistic circles throughout his whole life. He characterizes himself as an art connoisseur. He started building his collection in 1985.
Dr. Slavov’s collection features works by well-known artists, many of whom are represented by some of their most prominent artistic achievements. The broad variety of artworks presenting different genres, styles and techniques is complemented by the variety of the artists who created them, which includes classical Bulgarian artists, as well as contemporary ones. The collection is characterized by a marked preference for graphic art and drawing.
The exhibition features more than 100 graphic artworks by 81 artists, painting an intriguing picture of Bulgarian graphic art in the twentieth century and the turn of the 21st century. The selection, which was done by Academician Rumen Skorchev, presents the best periods in the development of Bulgarian graphic art, as well as graphic artworks by a number of artists, whose most prominent works belong to other genres. Alongside graphic artworks by Vasil Zahariev, Veselin Staykov, Preslav Karshovski, Pavel Valkov, the exhibition also presents graphic artworks by Dechko Uzunov, Ivan Kirkov, Atanas Yaranov, Dimitar Kazakov, Svetlin Rusev, Andrey Daniel, Emil Popov. The exhibition also features Genko Genkov’s only endeavor in the field of etching, early work by Ivan Ninov or Ivan Dimov, as well as graphic artworks by Kolyo Karamfilov, Milko Bozhkov, Stoyan Tsanev, Maria Duhteva, Aleksi Nachev, Zahari Kamenov, Kamen Starchev and many others.
The exhibition is an in-depth study of Bulgarian graphic arts, as well as a personal view of tendencies and values, the outcome of genuine love for art and true dedication.