Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
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Donations 2002 - 2004 рainting graphic art sculpture

16 July 2004 - 17 September 2004


 

The works in the Sofia City Art Gallery collection have entered it in various ways during its history of 75 years. For the last 15 years the only source for filling the fund have been donations by the authors themselves, by their inheritors, by separate individuals or collectors. Gradually, during the period 2001-2004 a collection of 264 donated works has been formed in the Sofia City Art Gallery. Of them: 142 canvas paintings, 108 graphic art works, and 13 sculptures.
Priceless in its contribution is the donation of Lika Yanko, who in her lifetime bequeathed 82 paintings to the Sofia City Art Gallery. Through them, the development of the style of this great Bulgarian artist, the change in artistic language, the directions of creative search could be traced.
Not long ago, Professor Roumen Skorchev donated more than 85 graphic art works to the gallery, thoroughly representing his creative work. Separate halls of the present exhibition shall be dedicated to this outstanding collection.
The creations of the exhibition comprise the period of the 20’s of the ХХ century to the beginning of the year 2004 and are created by 54 authors belonging to different generations.

List of donators: 

“Ars milenium mmm” foundation
Assen Zahariev
Bisera Zankova
Boyan Radev
Valentin Kolev
Vassil Dokev
Vladimir Ivanov
Vula Kereklidou
Viara Georgieva
Georgi Boyadjiev
Georgi Koev
Daniela lyahova
Dimitar Vassilev
Dimitar Kotzev
Dimitar Yaranov
Dоchka Naydenova
Edmond Demirdjian
Emilia Panayotova
Emilia Staicheva
Encho Pironkov
Iva Yaranova
Ivaylo Mirchev
Ivan b. Ivanov
Yordan Paroushev
Katia Georgieva Ilieva
Kina Gosheva
Kiro Mavrov
Lika Yanko
Lili Nikolova
Liuben Kostov
Liubomir Savinov
Magda Abazova
Margarita Radeva
Marin Marinov
Martin Kalistrov
Martin Krastev
Milko Pavlov
Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova
Nikolai Shivachev
Pavlin Kotzev
Panayot Kondov
Plamena Dimitrova-Racheva
Rumen Skorchev
Samuil Stoyanov
Spartak Dermendjiev
Stanislav Pamukchiev
Stoyan Domyschiev
Yavora Petrova







MEETING POINT Anton Terziev. Psychotherapy

15 June 2004 - 30 June 2004


 

Anton Terziev’s video installation “Psychotherapy” deals with the inertia of everyday life and the lack of free human will in a consumer society.
The title is a tease with the determined way of life, providing man by means of repetition of routine actions with an illusion of the adequacy of his existence, turning him into a puppet of the system. 
The conformist character accepts the established rules of the game without trying to resist or change them in the name of a higher cause. 
In this work Anton Terziev investigates the process of personality deconstruction in a similar type of society. The individual’s free will that has become stunted seems to be a direct consequence or regularity, and in any case it is the easiest form of survival. 
At first glimpse Psychotherapy is a comic domestic story, concealing however a tragic existential problem. Anton uses allegorical but sharp language to describe the conflict or rather the horrific refusal of open conflict between the individual and the system. The videos are built up according to the black comedy principle, where nothing is what it seems.
Packaging plays an essential part in the installation. Boxes and labels appear as symbols of mass production, of consumer expendability, of multiplication, of consumer society, of dehumanization of art.
The motif of multiplication and serial circulation is implemented on artistic level by presenting the same genre scene in three versions, where the character at one time is the teller, next time is the personage and the third time is the watcher as well as by the incessant replaying of the story again and again. All of that directly corresponds with the feeling of a vicious circle, of the closed system, in which the character’s life is just a link in the chain. 

Yana Kostova







The exhibition of students and teachers major Poser and Visual Communications at the National Academy of Arts

03 June 2004 - 18 June 2004


 

For a better world is an exhibition created on the initiative of the Human rights Service of the UN High Commissioner and the National Academy of Arts. It includes 43 posters of more than 20 participants – students and teachers inspired by the human rights topics. The authors use texts form the UN’s Universal Declaration of Human Rightsthat includes principal civil cultural, economic, political, and social rights and has become the milestone of contemporary human rights legislation. 







MEETING POINT Biographies of the body

27 May 2004 - 22 June 2004


 

‘Biographies of the body’ is a cooperative project of three young female artists from Sofia which have united themselves around the issue of the corporeal, its presence or absence, the laying up of desires, fictions, meanings, limitations it has to bear. The project’s putting into effect is made through a multimedia action including three separate presentations of videos, prints and photo-installations.







IVAN PENKOV 1897-1957

14 May 2004 - 27 June 2004


 

This is the first large-scale retrospective exhibition of the great Bulgarian artist Ivan Penkov in Sofia after 1958г. His multiple creative interests found expression both in the area of applied and plastic art. The exposition presents for the first time his projects for carpets, theatre scenery and posters and wrought iron furniture and. It also offers the most comprehensive glimpse on his creative life – about 200 paintings, graphic art works, drawings, applied art works and also photocopies of tinted glass. 

artists from Sofia which have united themselves around the issue of the corporeal, its presence or absence, the laying up of desires, fictions, meanings, limitations it has to bear. The project’s putting into effect is made through a multimedia action including three separate presentations of videos, prints and photo-installations.







Wasa Marjanov 1 m3 Visionen

05 May 2004 - 30 May 2004


 

Vaza Maryanov has created architectural sculptures, drawings and photographic collages for this exhibition. He made them especially for the Budapst, Beograd, and Sofia tour by looking for the connection of the capitals of three countries with three different language and culture dimensions with their situation and history. 







EMIL POPOV 6th of May - the Day of Bravery personages-objects

05 May 2004 - 10 May 2004


 

The tradition as a shape– exhibition in the museum hall – this presentation of Emil Popov has untypical character. Only for three days, the last of which is highly respected by the Bulgarians (and official holiday for several years) 6 MAY – THE DAY OF BRAVERY - the Sofia Art Gallery will engage several persons-objects in an original dialogue between them: Agnus Dei, Newly born lambs, Horse, A Snake and a Child, drawing, barren soil from the village of Dren, photographs.

In the artist’s creative work, the topics of bravery and sacrifice and his understanding of the notion is the bravery for one to live outside extreme heroism. 







MEETING POINT Ivan Kanchev. Tactile Ceramics

27 April 2004 - 20 May 2004


 

Art for the blind. This is the shortest description of the project, on which Ivan Kanchev has been working for seven years now and which may reasonably be defined as unique. There have not been such projects in Bulgaria and according to the artist’s research, his ceramics has no analogue in the world.
Ivan Kanchev started his work on the project as a second-year Ceramics student (1997) at the National Art Academy. He conducted profound research showing that hands are the blinds’ most important organs of perception. In order to experience pleasure from the contact with a certain shape, the latter has to evoke pleasant feelings and warmth as well as to call forth a sense of security and tranquility, to be firm – the blinds’ aesthetical criteria for the beautiful are determined by the contact with a smooth, full and firm form. The artist unites in his works the positions of both the sighted and the blind, thus striving for uniting and elimination of the boundaries of difference.

Svetla Petkova







MULTIPLICATION A British Council touring exhibition of Artists Multiples + 11 artists from Bulgaria

01 April 2004 - 02 May 2004


 

Multiplication is a new touring exhibition of artist’s multiples initiated by the British Council’s Visual Arts Department. The works in this exhibition are united by their lack of uniqueness, usually regarded as a prerequisite in a work of art. Many are commissioned works produced by third parties, whilst others are by artists who work solely with the concept of the multiple. In either case the challenge to the artist is in finding ways of realising an idea that can be repeated time and again. Thus part of the creative challenge comes in researching new methods and sourcing new materials, leading to some unlikely collaborations between artist and fabricators.
The exhibition comprises 62 multiples by 46 artists. The works are displayed in plywood cases which slot together in a system designed especially for Multiplication by the artist Sarah Staton. Each work is identifiable by its catalogue number clearly stencilled throughout the exhibition display system and referenced here on this website.
The exhibition has been selected with the help of Jacqueline Jefferies from Camden Arts Centre, Sarah Staton and Sally Townsend of The Multiple Store. All the works in the exhibition have been drawn from the British Council Collection, and many were acquired specifically for this exhibition from Camden Arts Centre, and The Multiple Store, some work from the exhibition are still available for sale. 







MEETING POINT Svetozara Alexandrova. Painting

01 April 2004 - 01 May 2004


 

The painter Svetozara Alexandrova realizes this project with her typical straightforwardness of the means of expression. The initial collision with this approach leads to a tense perception.
As a starting material for her works were used passport photos – one of the most standard identification documents, which the author turns into fine art. On one of these two big canvases a woman is painted who has involuntarily closed her eyes. This moment turns into a detail of a whole sequence of microscopic movements. Caught by the lens, it is the missing chain of information, which takes the document beyond validity. In another work a man is pictured in between the blinking of the eyes. Tangible are the signs of the advancing age on the faces of both of them, faces visibly unbeautiful and too specific.
The sixteen much smaller in terms of format works represent a multitude of faces of young men also made of standard passport pictures. In these series the standard was used as an instrument stressing the individuality. Each face stands out being different and unique. These bright young faces are present with almost an exorcist strength compared to the enormous disharmonic masks of the man and the woman and they make space for serenity between them.
Svetozara Alexandrova has the ability to stare in this layer in which the latent is transparent and to enforce the doubt in it by ripping it shown. She takes it out methodically through the framing through the purely suggestive image and shaping it with the strength of painting. Thus the suspicion on the internal life stands out summoned by the externally expressed.

Vela Mlechevska





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