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STARS OF LOBSERVEUR French Industrial Design

01 June 2011 - 26 June 2011

The exhibition presents 33 of the most innovative achievements of industrial design for the past year. Each of the exhibits was awarded the prestigious Les Étoiles de l’Observeur (Stars of the Observer) award of the French Agency for the Promotion of Industrial Design (APID).

APID has been promoting the importance of design in any aspect of human life ever since its foundation in 1983, launching in 1999 the annual "Observeur du design" (design observer) exhibition, which aims to single out the best examples of everyday object design covering a wide range of objects - from vehicles, passing on to furniture and interior design, through to children’s toys and very simple everyday objects, such as toothbrushes. 
To be awarded the "star of the observer", an object must be innovative, comfortable, inexpensive and universally accessible, yet also original, environmentally friendly and of good quality. It should also provide a response to modern needs, bringing a modern take on traditional know-how. 

The exhibition, which is featured within the Sofia Design Week Festival, commemorates the 20th anniversary of launching the French Cultural Institute in Bulgaria.

THE CHOICE 43 art historians - 43 works

28 May 2011 - 28 August 2011

The project curator Dr. Maria Vasileva has invited 43 prominent Bulgarian art and cultural historians belonging to different generations and fields of work (lecturers, researchers, museum curators, directors of art galleries, museums and nongovernmental organizations, art critics, curators and freelance researchers) to each choose an artwork from the Sofia City Art Gallery collection regardless of historical period, genre or media, an artwork they like and consider to be important, justifying their choice in a text comprising a single page. 
The project aims to look into the factors that single out an artwork as valuable and important for the development of Bulgarian art from today’s perspective; to establish whether selection criteria have changed as compared to the ones applied in decades past; whether the best textbook examples of artworks have stood the test of time; whether the language of art criticism has changed; what is the personal stance of the most prominent Bulgarian art historians. The point is to look closely at an artwork and analyze it both in view of its specific features and the features it shares with other works belonging to the same historical period.
It has been more than 20 years since radical political changes in Bulgarian society took place, yet the reconsideration of the official history of Bulgarian art has been made at a very slow pace. Permanent museum exhibitions have remained the same as they were in the 1980’s, representative exhibits featuring, out of sheer habit, the same old familiar names. 
Within this context, the “The Choice” exhibition is an attempt to analyze and reconsider the situation. The project reveals significant changes in the Bulgarian art scene, where alongside examples of classical and modern painting, sculpture and graphic arts, there stand convincing works of contemporary art employing a variety of means of artistic expression. Alongside the collection’s masterpieces there appear somewhat forgotten names, as well as some totally unfamiliar ones; alongside classical artists there stand young artists, who provoke the interest of the public and critics.
The project comprises part of the Sofia City Art Gallery’s efforts to view the history of Bulgarian art from various angles. It is also yet another experiment involving nontraditional methods of handling the museum collection. As it was done before, the principle of selecting the artworks is on a conceptual level, connecting classical and modern painting, sculpture and graphic arts with video, photography, objects, installations, etc., lead by the ambition to reveal what is it that “speaks” most convincingly to the viewer today, and keeps his/her attention, regardless of the point in time and the media related to the artwork’s creation.
The exhibition aims to make the profession of art and cultural historians more visible. Bringing together professionals from different fields is conducive to a more diversified and in-depth dialogue between them. It is through the combination of all the activities performed by writing, researching and curating experts that what we call art history is being built.
An exhibition catalogue is also available (in Bulgarian and English).

14 May 2011 - 14 May 2011

IN HARMONY WITH NATURE Sofia Paper Art Fest 2011

04 May 2011 - 29 May 2011

The “In Harmony with Nature” exhibition is featured within the Paper Art Biennial, Sofia, 2011. 

Alexander Thieme, Anna Bojadjieva, Gahae Park, Dimitar Ovcharov, Jinwong Chang, Zornitsa Piskuliiska, Iva Krachmarska, Kumoi Yajima, Liisa Malkamo, Michael Kukla, Audrey Stone, Richard Sweeny, Seung Woo Hwang, Susan Schwalb, Helene Tcshacher, Helen Frederick, Helen Hiebert, Hiroaki Asahara, Qin Chong, Charmian Pollock, Jaanika Peerna present various ways of rendering paper material so as to convey different artistic ideas and messages. 

Paper is vulnerable, tender, yet also rough and hard. It is plastic and is able to vibrate and create a sense of movement. It may be flat, relief, of differing texture and volume. It may be colored or perfectly white, multilayered or transparent.

Burning, layering, folding, cutting, punching, weaving, pressing, pasting – these are the methods of paper handling shown in this exhibition. They reveal the outcomes of the contemporary artist’s attempt to creating unexpected forms and invent new techniques, drawing on ancient techniques, thus preserving them.

The Paper Art Biennial is featured within the Paper Art Fest Sofia 2011, which is to be held for the first time ever. This is a project of Daniela Todorova and Todor Todorov.
It is organized by the Amateras Foundation. It presents the work of more than 100 artists from 36 countries at the Sofia City Art Gallery, the National Art Gallery, the National Gallery for Foreign Art, the Museum of Natural History, the temporary exhibition hall and sculpture yard at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arena di Serdica, the Mazda Gallery.

Curators: Thalia Vrachopulos, Ph. D., Liisa Malkamo, Daniela Todorova

ABC. Contemporary Belgian Art Curators Dominique Pani and Pascale Pronnier

12 April 2011 - 15 May 2011

The exhibition ABC. Contemporary Belgian Art is part of the intercultural and educational project A Digital Take on Contemporary Art. It will be presented at the Sofia City Art Gallery, simultaneously with the exhibition Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts at the National Academy of Art.

This is the first event of its kind, introducing the Bulgarian public to two fascinating and highly creative art scenes which are representative of contemporary artistic processes. The one scene is Belgium, a country emblematic of contemporary challenges with its many artists who have always been at the forefront of avant-garde art. The other scene is Les Fresnoy, the National Studio of Contemporary Arts in France inspired by Bauhaus, which has gained international acclaim and influence.

ABC. Contemporary Belgian Art is an exhibition that does not claim to be a comprehensive portrayal of the diversity of the contemporary art scene in Belgium. It focuses on video and photography. These are areas in which Belgium has been excelling over the last twenty years. The exhibition presents key artists from major Belgian cities (Antwerp, Brussels, Ghent, Liège) who have influenced the development of contemporary European art. It is an illustration of the curatorial idea that at first sight incompatible trends coexist in Belgium – such as minimalism and conceptualism, parallel with a playful, post-Dadaist art with a lively sense of humour. The exhibition comes to Sofia after being shown at Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue.

Organizers: Patrick Sandrin, Culture and Development Foundation, and Le Fresnoy – National Studio of Contemporary Arts.

In partnership with:
Sofia Municipality, National Academy of Art, Embassy of Belgium, Embassy of France, Institut Français, Societe Generale Expressbank, Technopolis.

FROM TWO ANGLES Predrag Milishevich - Barbarien Rosen Rashev - Roshpak

30 March 2011 - 24 March 2011

From Two Perspectives exhibition of the Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art (Jagodina, Serbia) presents certain top achievements in the field of marginal art. The items selected for this purpose were 65 works by two prominent artists from Bulgaria and Serbia, namely Predrag Milićević (Barbarian) and Rosen Rashev (Roshpak). 

The cross-points between the two artistic visions resulting from different traditions and environment – as well as their different sense of colour and composition – reflect a wide range of quality artistic achievements which have highly contributed to the development of marginal art on the European scale. Both the similarities and differences between these two artists only strengthen their individual multi-layer vision and rich expressiveness.

Curator of the exhibition: Nina Krstić.

Naïve and marginal art has become a unique aspect of modern art developments in Serbia owing to the Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art. The Museum is specialised in selection, preservation, study and exhibition of published works of art, mainly of the Serbian and the formerly Yugoslavian art, and, after 1994 – also foreign marginal art.

The Jagodina Museum of Naïve Art was founded in 1960, i.e. at the time when naïve art was in full bloom throughout the world. Today, the Museum operates as a documentary centre of naive and marginal art with an international collection of over 2500 works, and implements some significant projects. The museum has organised more than 400 individual and group exhibitions both in Serbia and abroad as well as a Biennial of Naïve and Marginal Art and a large open air exhibition. 

The Museum of Naïve and Marginal Art has contributed artistic works from its collection to numerous famous exhibitions in Paris, London, Melbourne, Vienna, Prague, Bratislava, Bucharest and various venues in Netherlands, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Belarus, Italy etc.

The museum is chaired by art historian Nina Krstić.

In 2007, the Sofia City Art Gallery hosted a retrospective exhibition from the Museum featuring works by artists from all generations with different artistic endeavours in naive and marginal art.

Kiril Prashkov. Poetry All Around Curator Daniela Radeva

09 March 2011 - 03 April 2011

The exhibition of Kiril Prashkov “Poetry All Around” is part of the long-term policy of the Sofia City Art Gallery to present one-artist shows of the most active contemporary art practitioners each year. These are artists whose work is influencing the development of the Bulgarian art scene in general. The invitation to showcase the works of Kiril Prashkov was extended because of the ability of this artist to propose theoretical problems in the form of artistic works where the relations between the means of expression and the material, the imagery, the quotation references and the metaphors are always legitimated by the initial idea. Many of his works are motivated by the drive to illuminate notions and concepts such as modernity, contemporaneity and classics that are the target for commentaries and debate within the practice of contemporary art. 

Since the end of the 1980ies the artist has been experimenting with comparisons between the value of the “idea” and the “making” of an artwork. His artistic analysis is occasionally related to Western modernism(s) or the transformations of art at the end of the 20th century in Bulgaria; they are just as often related to the realm of politics, history and theory of art.

The exhibition includes works from various periods such as “Wire” (1989), “Hommage a Pouchkine” (1999) and “Natural Modernism” (2004). However, while being a survey of the artist’s career it is not a retrospective as such. The exhibition includes a number of new works that were created especially for this occasion and will be shown in public for the first time ever.


Kiril Prashkov (b. 1956) graduated the National Art Academy, Sofia, the Department for Graphic Design and Illustration. Between 1984 and 1989 he works for the Kultura Weekly. In 1991-1992 he is the Chairman of the Club of the (eternally) Young Artist. He has realized many projects in the field of the printed media. He is a founding Member of the Institute of Contemporary Art-Sofia. Some of his one-artist exhibitions are “Watch Your Step” (SIBank Gallery, Sofia, 2007), “Responsible Painting” (The French Cultural Institute, Sofia, 2006), “Quotations” (Moscow Museum for Contemporary Art, Moscow, 2005), “Drawing as a Craft” (ATA Center / Institute of Contemporary Art, Sofia, 2003); as well as shows in the Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, Ohio, USA; the “The Oh God, No/O Yeah” Book and other Books and Vegetables” (Gallery of KulturKontakt, Vienna, 1995); the “Gruezi”, in Scuol-Nairs, Switzerland (1993).

The Other Eye Project OUT OF TIME Curator BOYAN MANCHEV

01 March 2011 - 03 April 2011

“The Other Eye” is a series of exhibitions, where non-art historians and non-curators are invited to work with the Sofia City Art Gallery museum collection. The project aims to look beyond traditional interpretations of history and, possibly, “unearth” somewhat forgotten works, and also trace new links connecting the latter. 

After artist Luchezar Boyadjiev, the Sofia City Art Gallery invited philosopher Boyan Manchev. He chose to name his exhibition “Out of Time” based on the conclusion that, contrary to his expectations, big tales from history, ideological canons, and the representation of monumental historical events are far from constituting either a large part of the collection, or its structurally defining center. Rather on the contrary – the representation of various aspects of people’s private world obviously prevails, there being, conditionally speaking, an “idyllic” thread running through the works, which unifies all those aspects through the representation of elements of everyday living, which are not directly related to either big moments in history and monumental events, or to essential existential and metaphysical issues such as life, death, birth, violence, suffering, etc. 

Time seems to be the central issue in the empirical conclusions stated above: it is the possible organizing principle serving as the basis of the thematic nuclei described above. The said principle appears to be particularly productive for three reasons at the least: the issue of time is considered in view of the “ontology of the present”, and does therefore constitute the focus of a great number of political, economic and philosophical debates; time is also the meta-notion of the museum and the archive in general, and of the SCAG collection in particular. In other words, concentration on the issue of time would allow us to view the whole collection through the prism of the exhibition (which is one of the aims of this project); last, but not least, time is the most enigmatic object of painting – how is time represented in painting, how does it become the object and possibly the subject of representation? The curator hypothesizes that a specific notion of time, and a specific experience of it determines the very structure of interpretation of specific issues and the approaches to their modulation. 

Why then out of time? How is time featured in painting – not historical, event-and-fact-laden, symbolically organized and ideologically oriented time, but time itself (the time of life and of the world) without any of its “surplus values”? The “idyllic” or pseudo-idyllic imagery, which attracts the curator’s interest, carries a specific image of time or experience thereof. Action and the passing of time related to it seem to have frozen in the idyll of the moment. It is this empty, indefinite, nobody’s, out of time, that Boyan Manchev is interested in. 

Artists whose works have been featured in the exhibition include: Vera Nedkova, Vera Loukova, Lika Yanko, Sami Bidjerano-Sabin, Kiril Tsonev, Iliya Petrov, Naoum Hadjimladenov, Ivan Nenov, Bencho Obreshkov, Dechko Ouzounov, Georgi Bawev, Nadezhda Kouteva, Nikolai Maistorov, Vihroni Popnedelev, Edmond Demirdjian, Samouil (Suli) Seferov, Dimiter Voinov, Dariya Vassilyanska, Nadezhda Deleva, Andrei Daniel, Zina Yourdanova, Luben Kostov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Milko Pavlov, Sasho Stoitzov, Nina Kovacheva, Ivan Moudov, Boryana Rossa, Nikola Mihov, etc.

Meet Lubomir Yanev Curator Diana Popova

28 February 2011 - 25 March 2011

The exhibition commemorates the 60th anniversary of Lubomir Yanev’s birth (1951-2004). It presents various stages and trends in his artistic career through graphics, drawings, illustrations and three-dimensional objects.

Having majored in “Illustration” at the National Academy of Arts, Sofia in 1975, Lubomir Yanev participated in dozens of exhibitions home and abroad. His works are characterized by exquisite use of line, mastery of various graphic techniques, a specific real/fantasy world, represented in his compositions and even in his portraits. He experimented with three-dimensional shapes, using graphics as their basis. The said graphics develop into space, constructing volumes, while etching metal plates turn into casings for a wooden cross, for example, acquiring a new symbolic meaning.

Whether it was Lubomir Yanev’s retreat in the village of Staro Stefanovo, District of Lovech in the last two decades of his life, or the major social commotions that took place during the period of transition, including in the sphere of culture, but the work of this remarkable artist came to be ignored by both the public and Bulgarian art historians.

„You have either accomplished something, or have erased yourself. Fame comes by itself. You may sink into oblivion for two centuries and then be discovered” – the artist said in an interview for the Factor Newspaper in 2001.

The exhibition, which rediscovers Lubomir Yanev’s work to present it to the modern public, features works belonging to the Sofia City Art Gallery, the National Art Gallery, the Lovech City Art Gallery, as well as private collectors. It was made possible with active cooperation from the artist’s son, Boris Yanev, as well as from Kostadin Kostadinov, Eketerina Getova, friends and students of Lubomir Yanev’s in Sofia and Lovech.


Lubomir Yanev – Meshkov was born on May 21, 1951 in Sofia. In 1975 he graduated from the National Academy of Arts in Sofia with an “Illustration” major. In 1986 he moved to the village of Staro Stefanovo, District of Lovech, where he worked till the end of his life. He died on April 11, 2004. He participated in all-artist exhibitions and international graphic art biennials home and abroad, thematic exhibitions and actions in Sofia and Plovdiv, representative exhibitions presenting Bulgarian art in Europe, America, Asia and Africa. He also had solo exhibitions in the Bulgarian cities of Sofia, Silistra, and Lovech, as well as in Poland and Germany. Awards: Illustration Diploma – Sofia (1978), 3rd place in a graphic arts contest – Sofia (1980), 1st place in a graphic arts contest – All-Artist Exhibition, City of Shoumen (1981), drawing award – Nuremberg, Germany (1985), drawing award – Rijeka, Yugoslavia (1986), etc. Works of his are to be found in the National Art Gallery, Sofia, the Sofia City Art Gallery, other museums, galleries and private collections home and abroad.


21 January 2011 - 20 February 2011

This is the first exhibition of Nikolay Boyadjev’s work since his death in 1963. The works featured in the exhibition, namely 23 oil on canvas paintings and more than 40 drawings, reveal the various stages of his development as an artist. A large part of the works featured in the exhibition is the ownership of the artist’s family and private collectors. The Sofia City Art gallery exhibition aims to get the public acquainted with this relatively unknown artist. Nikolay Boyadjev is one of these Bulgarian artists, who have sank into oblivion in the course of time, for one reason or the other. The rediscovery of his art today gives rise to various questions, while also affording opportunities for future research into Bulgarian art-related issues. 

Born in 1904 in the city of Svishtov, Nikolay Boyadjiev graduated from the National Academy of Arts with a major in painting in 1930, having studied in Prof. Boris Mitov’s class. He spent many years of his professional career as an art teacher at the City of Shoumen High School. He worked in the fields of portrait, landscape, and nude painting. In 1951 Nikolay Boyadjiev became a senior assistant professor at the Painting Department of the Fine Arts Faculty of the National Academy of Arts. In 1958 the artist was expelled from the Union of Bulgarian Artists, because of his refusal to work on “prescribed” themes of political character. In 1961 the artist was promoted from the position of a senior assistant professor to the position of a lecturer. In the years to follow, Nikolay Boyadjiev was denied participation in national All-Artist Exhibitions. He died on October 12, 1963. 
During his teaching career at the National Academy of Arts he provided instruction to prominent artists such as: Svetlin Roussev, Christo Yavasheff, Dora Boneva, Ivan Kuanev, Nikola Ghiuzelev, Alexander Stanev, Atanas Yaranov, Georgi Bozhilov, Dimo Zaimov, Doncho Vulchev, Ivan B. Ivanov, Valentin Starchev, Gencho Denchev, Peter Chouklev, Galin Malakcheiv, Ivan Kolev and many others. 

Institutions participating in the exhibition: Sofia City Art Gallery, National Academy of Arts Museum, Shoumen City Art Gallery, “Svetlin Roussev” Studio-Collection, Sofia, private collectoion.

An exhibition catalogue is available, released by the Sofia City Art Gallery with kind support from Academician Svetlin Roussev.

The Sofia City Art Gallery would like to kindly thank: Vili Boyadzjiev, Svetlin Roussev, Ivan Kanev, Ivan B. Ivanov, Ivan Parparov, Mihail Zaimov, Georgi Toromanov, Mariela Tabakova and Christina Petrova. 

Exhibition curator: Milena Balcheva.
Exhibition team: Adelina Fileva, Maria Vassileva, Svetlin Roussev, Ilinka Chergarova, Stefan Stefanov, Peter Dimov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova.

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