Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
Анимация по време на зареждане


13 April 2007 - 27 May 2007

The exhibition includes mainly works from the Sofia Art Gallery fund presenting the journeys of Bulgarian artists around the world. The period covered ranges from the beginning of the 20th century to the present days. The selection includes more than sixty names from different generations and artistic schools. The concept of the exhibition is to show the Bulgarian artistic stage in its openness to the world as well as the achievements of our painters.

The world wonderings of the Bulgarian artists started right at the end of the 19th and the very beginning of the 20th century with the development of secular painting in our country. The first professional Bulgarian artists studied abroad for lack of an Art school in our country and their journeys were bound to their education. This tradition was preserved and carried further on into the years to follow. In the late 20ies and the 30ies of the 20th century Bulgarian artists gained enough confidence and began travelling around the European countries to set up their own solo exhibitions, take part in international events or simply get acquainted with different cultures. Most of them recreated their impressions from the unfamiliar places in their works. In the course of the years the geography of these journeys broadened. Particularly in the second half of the 20th century the Bulgarian artist had the opportunity to get to know more distant and exotic places and used to travel to all continents. The “map” of the exhibition includes landscapes from France and Germany, through Greece and Morocco to Russia and China. 

Among the most outstanding names presented are: Vladimir Dimitrov – Maistora (the Master), Sirak Skitnik, Nikola Tanev, Dechko Uzunov, Petko Abadzhiev, Preslav Kurshovski, Mario Zhekov, Eliezer Alsheh, Naiiden Petkov, Andrei Daniel, Gredi Assa and many others.

Most of the pictures belong to Sofia Art Gallery. We have also included works possessed by the National Art Gallery, the Georgi Velchev Art Museum as well as by a number of authors.

The exhibition is accompanied by a colourful bilingual catalogue (in Bulgarian and English).

The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the State Institute of Culture under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Art Gallery and the SS. Cyril and Methodius National Library.

Team: Maria Vassileva (idea, selection), Adelina Fileva (logistic), Daniela Radeva (assistant), Svetla Georgieva (photography), Marin Marinov (registrar), Ilinka Chergarova (conservation), Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova (design)

IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME A project of Vera Mlechevska and Svetlana Kuyumdjieva

15 March 2007 - 08 April 2007

The project has been inspired by the profound nostalgia for the near past as a highly relevant issue. For some people this phenomenon seems absurd and void of any logic while for others it is unfortunately a certain “Belle époque”.

The authors invited to take part in the project belong to a generation which happened to be quite mature at the time of the political changes and has preserved a relatively positive memory of this period. According to the curators this is the generation which can give the most adequate interpretation and commentary from the present day point of view. 

Memory has the leading part in this project, yet not to re-establish or restore but to interpret the inexplicable and life-saving nostalgia in the light of the contemporary concepts. 

The infinite jealousy of the past and its constant evocation has come to the point of being able to spoil the value of the present. Nostalgia is a close relative of the longing for various utopias regardless of whether they refer to the past or the future. As a rule of thumb the past always seems more attractive than the non-promising unknown of the future and human memory is quite selective. 

The curators now provoke the participants’ creative thought as well as that of the viewers by asking questions such as: 
How is it possible to build a common past on the basis of a fragmented personal memory?
Has something in the past been lost that we cannot in any way make up for at present?
Doesn’t the formal termination of a utopia give birth to the idea and the strong craving for a next one?
Where do denial and oblivion lead us to – relief or anxiety?

The possible visual answers to these questions have been gathered into the works of: Alexander Petkov, Vesselina Sarieva / Georgi Lazarov, Georgi Bogdanov / Boris Missirkov, Iva Vacheva, Ivan Kostolov, Ivan Moudov, Kamen Stoyanov, Kosta Tonev, Orlin Nedelchev, Samouil Stoyanov and Svetozara Aleksandrova.

The exhibition includes paintings, video and photo installations, drawings and objects created exclusively for the project. 


In Search Of Lost Time has been sponsored by the Fund for Support of Debut Projects in co-operation with the National Culture Fund, the Bulgarian branch of Pro Helvetia Arts Council of Switzerland, Goethe Institute – Sofia, the Culture Bg Fund and with the support of Sofia Art Gallery, the Bulgarian Photographic Association and SIBANK.

LEONARDO DA VINCI SCIENTIST AND INVENTOR under the patronage of the honorable Mr. Simeon II Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

12 January 2007 - 25 March 2007


Mr. Boiko Borisov, Mayor of Sofia
Sofia Art Gallery
St. Cyril and St. Methodius International Foundation
Institute fuer Kulturaustausch, Tuebingen, Germany

Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest figures known to man. His fame throughout the most diverse social classes in all parts of the world is considerable. He is described as a “universal genius” – an attribute which has been ascribed to only a tiny minority of other outstanding individuals in the entire history of mankind. Nevertheless, when members of the public are asked specifically what Leonardo achieved, the chain of association quickly breaks down after the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Yet, as distinct from his artistic legacy, his inventive and scientific work is unimaginably rich and diverse. The exhibition presents Leonardo da Vinci as an inventive genius and scientist far ahead of his time. Even today, 550 years after his birth, not all his ideas and discoveries are fully understood or correctly interpreted.

“Lionardo,” named “da Vinci,” the illegitimate son of a notary and a farmer’s daughter, was born on April 15, 1452 in the small village of Vinci, 50 kilometers to the west of Florence. At the time, Italy had become the centre of a new intellectual movement – the Renaissance. Man and the human mind emerged from the darkness of mediaeval mysticism and superstition into the light of human reason which, as the humanists thought, had been lost since the era of the Ancient World. During Leonardo’s 67 years on earth, normal life was changed forever by revolutionary events.

With the discovery of the New World and sea routes to the Orient, new opportunities for trade arose. Vasco da Gama sailed around the bottom of Africa and discovered the route from Europe to India, while Christopher Columbus and Amerigo Vespucci opened up vast new continents to seafarers and mercenaries. In addition to Venice and Milan, Florence in particular was developed by the Medici family into the centre of money dealing and became the most prosperous city in Italy. The period of feudalism was now past, never to return. With the invention of the printing press by Gutenberg, literature and art were now accessible to all. Man was convinced that he could create perfection by using his intelligence. The time and place were thus ideal for the blossoming of this inventive genius.

The advances in natural sciences and the technical revivals of the time made a mark on the mind of the young Leonardo which stayed with him for the rest of his life. He devised a new image of the world, which he saw as a huge machine, driven by the mechanisms of intellectual understanding. In this connection, one of his propositions was “to build machines with which whole worlds can be moved.” He based his theory on the principle that work could be carried out more rapidly and easily by the observance of uniformity and precision.

To this end, he analyzed natural phenomena so that, from the experience thus gained, access to the great machinery of nature – “limitless reason” – would be opened up to him. Man would become the measure of all things, the focal point of all behavior and thought. His famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man of 1490 in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Venice illustrates this new attitude of mind to superb effect. The proportions of the human body are the axioms of the scientific approach to physics. For Leonardo, even mechanics were determined by the human anatomy.

From his studies of anatomy and the flight of birds, Leonardo realized that everything is connected to everything else in the nature of mechanics. He identified mechanical processes as a reproducible sequence of movements based on precise mathematical and natural events. According to the laws he drew up, when a man moves an arm, as when a bird beats a wing, he is nothing other than a machine. Leonardo understood everything on the basis of this concept of nature, from stage technique to architecture and from weapons to automatons and clockwork mechanisms. Today, his inventions which, at the time, generally failed to progress beyond drawings, are impressive for their modernity, something not recognized by his contemporaries. 

The exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci – Inventor and Scientist,” a visual presentation of Leonardo’s ideas, is intended to enable visitors to “grasp” these in the truest sense of the word, to compose questions and to find corresponding answers. 

To this end, the exhibits, some 150 in number, are augmented with interactive multimedia computer units. These provide visitors with access to over 8,000 illustrations and a mass of information, enabling them to call up explanations of the ideas and thinking of the universal genius, his school and his time. A similar purpose is served by numerous working models which have been specially made to Leonardo’s drawings since the beginning of the 20th century. They range from basic everyday articles like a bicycle propelled by a link chain to war machines of exotic appearance, such as his proposal for a chariot with sickles, as well as incredibly forward-looking studies for an automobile and an instrument for accurate time-keeping. Visitors may touch these models and make them work and, in so doing, learn about, and come to understand, the “anatomy of machines.”

Over 100 hand-colored facsimiles, produced in a limited edition for the exhibition, afford a deep insight into the wealth of Leonardo’s inventions which, thanks to his dynamic imagination, have lost none of their relevance or fascination even today. On the contrary, in 1993, students at the Technical University of Stockholm discovered from a computer simulation that Leonardo’s boldest plan to build a stone bridge 340 meters long over the “Golden Horn” from Istanbul to Pera (Galata) could actually have been built if the Sultan had commissioned the work to proceed.

The exhibition also builds a bridge, a bridge which spans the time gap between Leonardo’s mechanical marvels of the Renaissance period and their significance for our present-day civilization, which is again undergoing radical changes. The process of digitalization will affect our world to such an extent that its consequences will probably only be fully understood by our descendants in 500 years’ time. We can, however, gauge the extent of this change – looking back in the mirror of time – from the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci – Inventor and Scientist.”
With the support of: M-tel, Alpha Bank, Schenker, Newspaper 24 Hours, Trud Newspaper, New Television


21 December 2006 - 21 December 2006


Mr. Boiko Borisov, Mayor of Sofia
Sofia Municipality
Department of Culture and Education
Sofia Art Gallery

have the pleasure to invite you at the inauguration of the reopened

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery 

December 21, 2006, Thursday, 6.30 pm

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery – branch of the Sofia Art Gallery
15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd. (on the back of Park Oboriste), Sofia 1527, phone: 944 11 75

110TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE NATIONAL ART ACADEMY Exhibition of the lecturers of the National Art Academy

08 December 2006 - 03 January 2007


The exhibition is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the founding of the National Art Academy* and is the climax of the celebration activities commemorating the event.
A hundred and six lecturers with over 300 works take part in the exposition which occupies all exhibition halls of the National Art Gallery.

The wide range of genres, styles and aesthetic concepts is a visual demonstration of the intense and dynamic development of the oldest art educational institution in Bulgaria.

In the course of the years of its long history the National Art Academy has earned its unique place in Bulgarian culture accomplishing a mission which far surpasses its purely educational functions and placing it high as an acknowledged spiritual centre. Despite the existing alternative institutions, the National Art Academy undoubtedly continues to be the most prestigious place to acquire knowledge and skills in the field of the fine and visual arts. Combining the centuries old tradition in the academic training with the reconsideration and the development of the contemporary visual forms, the academy remains in the centre of the complex process which has formed generations of artists and creates individuals in Bulgarian art.

At present the National Art Academy has attracted as lecturers one of the most outstanding representatives of the different arts and whether it comes to painting, sculpture, graphics, poster, printed graphics, multimedia, different kinds of design, ceramics, glass, wood-carving, restoration or art studies, their work is marked by excellence and professionalism.

The jubilee exhibition of the National Art Academy presents authors from different generations with different aesthetic outlooks and directions of development thus showing both the broad panorama of Bulgarian art at its utmost and the claims for its future rooted in the development of the next generations of artists.

* Nikolai Pavlovich was the first to propose the establishment of a Bulgarian School of Drawing in 1864. Together with Konstantin Velichkov and with the co-operation of Ivan Shishmanov, Ivan Murkvichka and Anton Mitov he drafted and deposited in the National Assembly a bill for its establishment. On 14th October, 1896 the State School of Drawing was opened.

PRESENCES / ABSENCES Women Artists and Architects in the Modern Art of Bulgaria

08 November 2006 - 02 December 2006


The exhibition is organized to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the foundation of the Bulgarian Association of University Women.

The exhibition itself represents a mosaic of the works of both women artists and architects. Twenty five artists, among them Vera Nedkova, Zoya Paprikova, Vera Loukova, Donka Konstantinova, Olga Bradistilova, Todorka Bourova, Vaska Balareva, Nevena Kozhouharova, Elena Karamihailova, Elisaveta Konsoulova Vazova, Binka Zlatareva and others together with five architects – Victoria Angelova-Vinarova, Paraskeva Gancheva, Mara Zaharieva, Maria Sapareva, Germana Foke – Genova are presented with works, photographs and documents. Most of the artistic works as well as the architectural projects were created between the 1920s and 1930s. You can see 35 paintings, graphics, drawings, sculptures, more than 20 drawings, 50 photographs of buildings andpost cards, more than 35 documents and documentary pictures.

Being aware of how impossible it is to cover all periods, the authors of the exhibition Irina Genova nad Ljubunka Stoilova have decided on a temporal range which is not influenced by the closing of the once existing Association of the Women Artists. The exhibition is even richer with the works of Lika Yanko, Slavka Deneva, Lilyana Rousseva, which belong to the later period of the 1960s and 1970s and reflect another cultural situation.

The abundance of self-portraits and photographs express the curators’ interest in the personalities of the women artists and architects and marks their presence in a symbolic way. 
The contemporary visual environment and sensibility define the artistic attitude. The curators have been especially insistent on showing contemporary art as well. They have invited Adelina Popnedeleva, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Sofia Hadzhipapa as well as an artistic couple – Nina Kovacheva and Valentin Stefanov.
Nowadays with the globalization in the centre of the debate we share different (inter)national artistic environments and this is fully applicable to the exhibited women artists. The artists and architects from the early decades of the twentieth century, however, were also educated and expressed themselves in a variety of European cultural centres.

As for the title – why exactly Presences/Absences? During the preparation of the exhibition it turned out that women artists and architects are present in our minds as creators of the Modern art in Bulgaria but they are mostly absent from institutions in charge of preserving historical memories. Works which were reproduced and commented repeatedly when they first appeared and others which were included in the early history of the Modern art of Bulgaria, are difficult and often impossible to trace and find. The research on the accomplishments of the women architects is also impeded. The current exposition is part of the common effort to acknowledge their cultural presence.

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue whose compilers and authors are Irina Genova (on artists) and Ljubinka Stoilova (on architects).

The project is financed by the Cultural Department of Sofia municipality.

Bulgarian Association of University Women (www.bauw.hit.bg), successor of the Association of Bulgarian Women withHigher Education, which was established in 1924 and has been member of the International Federation of University Women since 1925
Sofia Art Gallery
National Art Gallery

With the participation of:
Sliven Art Gallery
Plovdiv Art Gallery
Stara Zagora Art Gallery
The Union of Bulgarian Artists
Private collections
Pro Helvetia Swiss Cultural Programme
Austrian Embassy Sofia

Neither a White Cube, nor a Black Box. History in Present Tense Exhibition of the Institute of Contemporary Art Sofia

07 November 2006 - 03 December 2006


The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia was established in 1995. It is a private, non-profit NGO, an association of curators, artists and cultural theoreticians. It is dedicated to the study, understanding, promotion and practice of the visual arts of the late twentieth and early twenty first century. Its aim is to re-establish and promote the further open dialogue between cultures and art scenes. The history of ICA - Sofia is rooted in the professional partnership between friends who after 1989 shared a common vision about the transformed dynamics and aspects of art.

The goals of ICA-Sofia are focused on the development of the contemporary art scene in Bulgaria in relation to the world at large. The specific objectives refer to the further extension and strengthening of the relations with the international art world through a two directional and reciprocal exchange of artists, curators and critics, projects, etc. Which will not only "take" your/our home out into the world, but also bring "the world" back home.

The spectrum of ICA - Sofia activities consists of international and localexhibitions, publications, conferences, seminars, educational programs, lectures etc.

The current exhibition is the first considerable joint display of the artists members of ICA – Sofia: Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mariela Gemisheva, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Ivan Moudov (together with Sibin Vassilev), Kiril Prashkov, Kalin Serapionov, Nedko Solakov. Curators are Iara Boubnova and Maria Vassileva.The exhibition is going to show some early works (mostly unknown to the Bulgarian public and presenting the authors in a more global context) as well as works created for this particular event. 

The exhibition aims at acquainting the Bulgarian public not only with individual authors and concrete works but also with the overall concept behind the work of the institute.

Nadia Rozeva Green and Anastasia Andreeva MEDALS AND METALS

20 October 2006 - 03 November 2006


The idea of a joint exhibition was a chance result of some creative talks and work after graduating in metal art from the National Academy of Arts. The two artists decided that a joint presentation of two authors would be a real challenge and a sort of an experiment with the discovery of a common concept and the accent on the similarities and differences between them. Thus they arrived at the idea of Medals and Metals – an interesting insight into the inner world of the authors expressed through the multifaceted nature of metal.

The artists have been intrigued by the contrast resulting from the juxtaposition of the cast brass medal and the manufactured steel forms with other non-traditional materials. Another interesting aspect is the associative transition of one form into another and their mutual complementation regardless of their intrinsic difference. 

Anastasia Andreeva presents a series of cast medals one of which called Real Unreality deconstructs the shapes of a well-known monument in Sofia in an extraordinary way. She also shows her newly constructed steel plastic pieces with optical details.

Nadia green displays cast medals in contrast with other materials and bigger formats.

LES YEUX OUVERTS OPEN EYES Benetton celebrate their 40th anniversary with a photo exhibition

17 October 2006 - 03 November 2006


The current exposition is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the trademark and includes its most famous advertising messages. 
There are presented more than a hundred photos which trace the major events in the history of the trademark – archival photographs, models who have posed for Benetton, social campaigns with the World Food Organization and one of the most outrageous advertising projects.

Atanas Jekov (1926-2006) Painting

12 October 2006 - 03 November 2006


The exhibition is dedicated to the artist’s 80th birthday and traces his long creative career with 70 paintings from different periods. 

Atanas Jekov is an artist with a style of his own. His feeling of color and form stayed with him throughout the years in his continual and unwavering quest for expression all of which made him a striking figure in Bulgarian art. His works are inspired by a reality that he experienced and combine analytical insight and in-depth expressive emotion. 

The eminent landscapist Atanas Jekov achieved expressiveness, force and depth in still-life and portrait too. His controlled talent of a painter combined with the temperamental sense of color and made his paintings an emotional confession to a rich and harmonious reality that vibrates with life, light and passion. 

It is mainly oil landscapes that were selected for the exhibition at the Sofia Art Gallery. The paintings reveal the discoveries and the artistic and human messages of the artist who passed away a short time ago. 


Atanas Jekov was born on 26 August 1926 in the town of Karnobat. He graduated in painting from the Art Academy in Sofia as a pupil of Prof. Iliya Petrov and Prof. Panayot Panayotov (1947–1953). Member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (1953). Director of the Sofia City Art Gallery (1965–1972). Tutor at the Painting Department of the Art Academy (1972–1986).
His works were displayed in over 45 general art exhibitions and collective exhibitions, international exhibitions and pleinairs: Youth Festival in Bucharest (1953); Paris, Galerie Cherpantier (1963); Berlin (1967); Tokyo (1970); Szeczin (1972); Eisleben, Germany (1979) and other. He had more than 25 one-man exhibitions in and outside Bulgaria.
He organized an art gallery in his native town, Karnobat (1972) and donated 56 miniature paintings and graphic drawings to his native place in 1982 and 1996.
Awards for painting: the Award of the Union of Bulgarian Artists (1965); General Art Exhibition – Smolyan (1968); Honorary Sign of Szeczin (1972); Order Cyril and Methodius, first class (1967), and other.
His works are possessions of the National Art Gallery, the Sofia City Art Gallery, ministries, museums and art galleries in and outside Bulgaria – in Poland, Germany, Russia, Slovakia, Greece, Japan and elsewhere.
He died in 2006 in Sofia.

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