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
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.
NIKOLAY BOYADJIEV. 1904 - 1963
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.