Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
Анимация по време на зареждане

THE WINDOW paintings and graphics from the collection of Sofia Art Gallery

16 June 2005 - 18 September 2005


The Sofia Art Gallery has a comprehensive collection of paintings, sculptures and graphic art works collected for more than 70 years. It comprises about 7000 works by Bulgarian classics, modernists, and contemporary artists stored in its storage areas. The objective of each museum institution is to give the opportunity to spectators to get familiar with its rich funds. During the past years, the SAG has been organizing a number of thematic exhibitions, showing the diversity of its collection. More than 100 paintings and graphic art works are included in the exhibition, created at the beginning of the 20-th century until present. 

The window theme has always provoked interest in artists and has been present in art for ages.The present exhibition offers the opportunity of tracing its development in Bulgarian art in the past one hundred years. The works are divided into several cycles: the window and the still-life, the window and the interior, the window and the studio, the window and the portrait, the window and the city, the window and the expectations.

The exhibition features works by classics in Bulgarian art: Nikola Mihaylov, Elisaveta Consulova-Vazova, Elena Karamihaylova, Bencho Obreshkov, David Peretz, Eliyezer Alsheh, Boris Eliseev, Ivan Nenov, Kiril Tzonev, Ekaterina Savova- Nenova, Boris Ivanov, Vera Lukova, Vera Nedkova and also works by contemporary artists: Svetlin Roussev, Yordan Katzamunski, Yordan Kissyov, Nikolay Aleksiev, Toma Vurbanov, Kalya Zographova, Mimi Vesselinova, Stephan Rodev, Tecla Aleksieva, Roumen Gasharov, Stephan Yanev, Marianna Marinova, Vihronii Popnedelev, Andrey Daniel and more. 

The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue in Bulgarian and English language with 78 colour reproductions.

Curator of the exhibition is Maria Vassileva. 

Elegance in Motion: Ballet and the Visual Arts

19 May 2005 - 12 June 2005


The U.S. Embassy will display an exhibit of sculptures, paintings, photographs and graphic works as part of Ambassador and Mrs. Pardew’s Honorary Patronage this year of the National Ballet of Sofia. The exhibit entitled “Elegance in Motion” is made up of works by ten Bulgarian artist who have spent the past year observing the rehearsals and performances of the National Ballet. The artists displaying works are: Edmond Demirdjian, Safer Galibov, Lyuben Genov, Ivo Hadjimishev, Dessislava Mincheva, Emil Mirchev, Ivan Moskov, Emil Popov, Yavora Petrova and Snejana Simeonova.

Action: Contemporary Art Boryana Rossa works in public collections

17 May 2005 - 05 June 2005


The purpose of the “Action: Modern Art” is to supply the newly established collection “Modern Art and Photography” and to promote the latest trends in Bulgarian art. The Sofia Art Gallery staff are convinced that the mission of their institution is to appraise, select and store the best examples from the past and the present day of art. In our circumstances this function is even more important given the lack of a Museum of Contemporary Art. Several generations of artists have been employing the new means of expression for some twenty years now, however, their works have not been and are not included in museum collections. This disturbing fact inspired our vigorous effort to conserve this art. Unfortunately, because of shortage of money we have to rely on donations from artists. The exceptionally valuable donation “Vanitas” of Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova was displayed within the framework of this project in October 2005.

The Sofia Art Gallery is now happy to report about its new gift acquisition from the artist Boryana Rossa. The donation includes 18 digital photographs and four videos. The exhibition “Boryana Rossa in Public Collections” will display part of the donation. 

The series “The, Good, the Bad, the Ugly”, 2001 (5 digital color photographs) is Boryana Rossa’s comment on the status of the woman in the post socialist society where she lives outside the extremity of radical feminism; in her vision “the blood of the revolution gushes into the red color of the lipstick”. “Cloning” (1997) is an emblematic work, which illustrates the risks of cloning in a perfect way. “I’ve Lost…” (2002) is a series of four photographs that are a remake of the little known erotic photography of the 1950s. The reinterpretation and modernization of the profane image, which the artist’s effort has transformed into an apotheosis of female slavery – into a violent feminist proclamation, provokes, if not laughter, at least a bitter smile. In “Are You Happy? Yes, I’m Happy!” (two photographs) Boryana Dragoeva-Rossa exults over being a woman. 

Boryana Rossa is one of the most interesting and radically minded young artists from the past decade. Her vocation fields are the video, photography and performance. Her works are displayed at dozens of exhibitions in and outside Bulgaria; she participates in international seminars and workshops as one of the distinguished new figures in modern Bulgarian art.

Photo exhibition "Strandja"

12 May 2005 - 05 June 2005


The exhibition displays 15 Bulgarian photographers who have participated in the Strandja 2004 Photo Expedition. It is part of a series of projects that the 41T Ltd. produced in the past few years within the framework of an extensive exploration of the Strandja region. The exploration covers the Strandja Mountains natural sites, the local architecture, the local people and their customs, beliefs and traditions. A CD is to be released with records of folk music from Strandja.

The photo expedition was organized in August-September 2004 with help from the Swiss Cultural Program in Bulgaria and support from Hewlett Packard. The members of the expedition were: Ana-Mati, Asya Ivanova, Vesselina Nikolaeva, Georgi Doumanov, Evgeni Koevski, Emil Bouzatov, Ivo Hadjimishev, Irina Papazova, Kalina Goranova, Mario Krastev, Nadezhda Pavlova, Rossen Manchev, Svetoslav Karadjov, Simeon Svilenov and Yassen Zahariev. They were free to visit and shoot unique but otherwise restricted areas of the Strandja Mountains. The outcome was a plentiful and diverse production of photos, which were displayed at the Strandja Photo Exhibition and included in the Strandja Photo Album, which was sponsored by Lukoil Bulgaria. The exhibition was intended to attract the public attention to the region, which is on the bottom of the population density table, to the culture, traditions, people and scenic nature so that the Strandja Mountains could become a really listed area.

Courtesy should be extended to the Sofia Art Gallery, the Swiss Cultural Program in Bulgaria, Lukoil Bulgaria, Damyanitsa Winery and 41T Ltd. for making this photo exhibition possible.

DIMITAR KIROV a jubilee year ...1953-2003...

10 May 2005 - 05 June 2005


Dimiter Kirov- Dikiro will celebrate his seventieth anniversary on 20 May 2005. On this occasion, the painter is exhibiting selected paintings, created during the period 1953- 2003, in the Sofia City Art Gallery. The majority of them belong to the author.
The painter was born in Istanbul. In 1959, he graduated in Monumental Painting from The Sofia City Academy of Arts with Professor Georgui Bogdanov. He works and lives in Plovdiv. He is an honorary member of the ‘Nika Kai’ Group of Japanese Painters. 
His first steps in painting have coincided with the period of the bright and ardently disputed new gropings of Bulgarian expressive art. Together with his young colleagues, friends and fellow-citizens Hristo Stefanov, Georgui Bojilov, Yoan Leviev and Encho Pironkov, he founded an artistic society which we still call ‘The 60’s School of Plovdiv’. 
Figurativeness and abstract complement each other in the style of Dimiter Kirov. He decomposes the actual shape in order to build new shapes in his own way. In the years, his creative work has become thematically connected with several cycles offering rich expressive and plastic opportunities- music and ballet, different layers (historic and cultural), burnt icons.
He has tens of decorative-monumental works of art in his biography and also over 40 exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad. His works of art are owned by the National Gallery of Art, the Sofia City Art Gallery, galleries in the country, museums and private collections in Bulgaria, Armenia, Belgium, Venezuela, Germany, Georgia, Greece, Denmark, Spain, Canada, Cyprus, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, France, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan. 
He has won prestigious state and painters’ awards among which: The Sofia City Award - 1967; The Great Prize of the Town of Plovdiv- 1967; the Award named after Vladimir Dimitrov Maistora for the ‘Requiem for the Samuil Warriors’ - 1981; The ‘Zahari Zograf’ Great National Prize– 1983; The ‘Zlatyui Boyadjiev’ Great National Prize – 1986, etc.
Without prudery, the painter says: „Those who think I am a millionaire are right. I really am a millionaire as I have the largest collection of paintings by Dimiter Kirov.”

MEETING POINT Anna Podekova. Urban and Suburban Landscapes

26 April 2005 - 15 May 2005


The map is the means of traveling for the dreamer who will never leave home and make his travels come true. It is a way to lose yourself or not to lose yourself, depending on your familiarity with the conditionality and its signs. 

Maps are a brief literature category, too. They speak many languages, describing the places they show. They are the pictures of the earth redrawn by people, and urban pictures reflect the even more complex and sometimes weird image created by the necessity of man to ensure his comfort. There is everything in this exhibition - islands for the dreamers, cities for the urban people, historic maps for the nostalgic people, political maps for the dabblers in politics. 

Viewers are in their own right to select the approach to this exhibition –treating them as geographic maps with the pleasure-provoking intellectual game of decoding them, or as abstractions loaded with the aesthetic beauty of the color and shape. 


14 April 2005 - 11 May 2005


The COVER CLASSIC GRAPHICATURE COLLECTION (1999-2003) is the most recent series, featuring thirty artworks created by Professor Gazdov during the past several years. The graphicatures, familiar to connoisseurs, appear for the first time in shapes and technique unusual for them. In addition to serigraphic prints, they exist as vinyl ‘billboards’. 

The cycle of graphicatures, not shown before, is directed towards the world’s history of art, which is turned into a subject of visual interpretations. The artist has put under operative analysis paintings by some of the world-famous painters ranging from the Renaissance to the Postimpressionism. All works are united by one common ideological strategy, but the original idea has gone through numerous directions of development in each artistic creation. World-famous artwork masterpieces by Brueghel, Rubens, Vermeer, Mane are recreated. The Professor Gazdov’s artistic intervention is not only visual but also a conceptual one. Familiar details are developed towards a direction never imagined before; they can be hidden in the white spots or they can completely disappear. Through his critical approach, the author reveals details that are only implied in the ‘original’ artwork or completely eliminates the ones infringing the logic of the interpretation. Thus, the graphicatures retell, further develop and create new content of the works emblematic for the history of art. 

According to “Bulgarian Encyclopedia, A…Z”, published in 2002/2003 by the ‘Trud’ Publishing House, “graphicature” is “a definition of a visual idea with grotesque and artistic unexpectedness and a typical relationship between the black spots and the parts of the white background entering them, in a serigraphic technique; the author’s graphic style of I.Gazdov.

Prior to the present collection of graphicatures, the cycles ‘Play of silhouettes’, ‘Graphicatures-origami’, ‘Black touches’, ‘ Erotic graphicatures’ are created and shown in a sequence of exhibitions in Sofia, Plovdiv, Yambol, Gabrovo, Tryavna, Sozopol, Paris, Copenhagen, Toyama, Warsaw.


04 April 2005 - 08 May 2005


The Sofia Art Gallery exhibition features 49 artists, each one presented with two works. In this respect, this is the largest-scale presentation of contemporary Japanese graphic art.

Since the beginning of 2000, the contacts between Japanese and Bulgarian graphic artists have become more purposeful. The friendship and professional cooperation, between Professor Akira Kurosaki and Professor Roumen Skorchev, dating from 1981, have laid the basis of the project. With the participation of „Lessedra” Gallery and its director, Georgi Kolev, the exhibitions ‘Contemporary Graphic Art from Japan and Bulgaria’, (NFAG, 2001) and ‘Contemporary Bulgarian and Japanese Graphic Art’ (Kyoto and Japan, 2003) were presented.

The Japanese Graphic Art Association is the largest organization of this kind in Japan and an internationally renowned partner. It was founded in 1931. Nowadays, it has 187 artists-members and its associate members are 181. Along with the achievements of contemporary Japanese graphic art, its annual exhibitions offer participation to young talents, and the use of new techniques and expressive means is promoted and popularized. 

Akira Kurosaki was born in 1937 in Manchuria, Talien. He graduated from the Kyoto Institute of Technology, Kyoto in 1962. Inspired by the Ukio-e style, he began creating woodcuts around 1967. In 1970, he received the award of the Ministry of Education from the Seventh International Graphic Art Biennale in Tokyo. He has participated in numerous exhibitions in Japan and abroad and received awards in Florence, Seoul, Norway, Bharat, Cairo, Portland, Maastricht and more. In 1983 he received First Prize at the Second International Graphic Art Biennale in Varna. 

He is a professor and Director of the Graphic Art Department at the Kyoto Seika University and a member of the Japanese Graphic Art Association. He is author of the books: “Contemporary woodcut”, “Woodcut”, “Work on paper”, “Graphic Art History”. 

MEETING POINT Svetlin Balezdrov. "7"

04 April 2005 - 24 April 2005


My three-dimensional abstract work aims at influencing the subconscious and provoking contemplation, e.g to tune the spirit to those peculiar states, typical for the Eastern mysticism. The Asian thread in the project could also be traced in the treatment of the material. Each module of the ensemble is folded only by on single piece of paper without infringing its integrity. Despite my explicit interest towards the East, I belong to the cultural tradition of the West and I think that my work is seriously influenced by the constructivism and minimalism.

Svetlin Balezdrov

MEETING POINT Nikolay Zanev. Derailed

15 March 2005 - 27 May 2005


Within the context of “Meeting point”, Nikolay Zanev’s project raises numerous questions of major importance treating the relationship between critique, audience, artist and artefact. The artist makes the art object and the critique dependent by critically exposing texts in the gallery space, offering free interpretations of them. His methods include appropriations of already existing objects, photography, pictures and manipulated objects. 

The critical text often sets off to explore different possible relations and meanings of the work. Using foreign borrowings and too complex metaphors and abstract descriptions it exposes the artistic work to the risk of distortion, oversaturation and overcharging. The impressive phrases and complex metaphors provide the artist with specific material. He takes solely the literal meaning of them and thus removes in a surgical manner the connotation of the epithets in the description. The result is a sequence of graphic, generalized pictures, similar to the explicatory symbols on commercial product packages. Thus, N. Zanev reduces the image to a semiotic sign, eliminates the effectiveness of the description and hurls it to the bottom of its impact ability.

Despite the fact that the exhibition employs simple means and without being pompously ambitious, it raises a huge number of questions in numerous directions: form the frequently discussed public space to the pitiable state of the critique torn between its function of art and a formative modulator in the contemporary artistic reality. 

Vera Mlechevska

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