Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
Анимация по време на зареждане

MEETING POINT Kosta Tonev. The Full Image

26 November 2004 - 19 December 2004


“The full picture” project could be defined as a study of the ways through which visual perception overcomes the fragmentariness of image. This too general definition in fact refers to a series of ambiguous images created to lure the vision of an abstract plane between the fragment, active on its own and the whole picture. At the same time, they form a series of impossible and absurd situations. 
“The full picture” is the name of the exhibition’s central work. This is a photographic installation consisting of nine parts, ordered as a unit, like a puzzle makes a whole picture. Every single module of this picture contains the endless triviality of a situation, easy to recognize and decode. These are three identical kinescopes in different 
The concept in the photography named ‘One isolated moment’ has been constructed in a similar way. It depicts a girl in a ‘low start’ position. Contrary to all expectations, her whole pre-start impetus is directed towards a flat, white wall. 
The video ‘Switch Over’ is also a part of ‘The full picture’. Its object is a building in the center of Vienna, predominantly remarkable with its untypical length of 1.5 km. – completely in the characteristic spirit of socialist megalomania. The video documents a performance in which one person runs the whole distance of Karl Marx Hof. For the time for which he reaches its opposite end, the night is changed by day. 
The paradox comes from the common aim of all these optical illusions and provocations and it is the most objective re-discovery of truth. The very expression “the full picture” is like a model metaphor of “the whole truth”, which suggests exposure of the controversial reality. 

Svetlana Kuyumdjieva


23 November 2004 - 15 December 2004


The “Layers” exhibition presents the latest works of Boris Kolev, created especially for the area of Sofia City Art Gallery, in 2004. The artist possesses a specific method of work, combining and piling in layers a variety of materials: colored paper pulp, sawdust, charcoal, acrylic pigments and objects that were found. The impact of these creations is due to the work with colors, structure and texture of the painting surfaces. These creations are best perceived through intuition and senses.

On one hand, the exhibition’s title embodies the typical for the author technique, and on the other hand, it fits in the exhibition itself; the next ‘layer’ in his consistent creative development. 

Boris Kolev was born in 1970, in Sofia. In 1989, he finished the National School of Arts in Sofia; in 1996 he graduated from the National Academy of Arts, major Painting. From 1991 to 2003, he organized numerous one-man shows in Bulgaria, Great Britain, Germany and Turkey. In addition to that, he has participated in several general art exhibitions in Bulgaria, Austria, Belgium and Turkey. Some of his paintings are owned by Sofia City Art Gallery and the National Palace of Culture, private collections in Bulgaria, Germany, the USA, Belgium, Canada, France, Great Britain, Turkey, Greece and Spain.


21 November 2004 - 15 December 2004


After absence of long years from Bulgarian art landscape, the sculptor Boyko Mitkov came back with the exhibition the Silver river. It will show the viewers his latest not shown works created in the last year. The exhibition was carried out on the occasion of the fifty-year anniversary of the artist.
The title “the Silver river” is a poetical interpretation. The author uses this metaphor to generalize and define the process of his creative development throughout the years. The exhibition is subordinate to an overall artistic idea and is created especially for the space of Sofia City Art Gallery. Nevertheless, each work exists independently and irrespective of the rest. The exposition includes litho prints, drawings, reliefs and spatial sculptural compositions. 

ART IN THE NEW US EMBASSY IN BULGARIA U.S. Embassy Unveils Artwork of New U.S. Embassy Complex

16 November 2004 - 01 December 2004


The U.S. Embassy in Bulgaria will mount a major exhibit of American and Bulgarian art at the Sofia City Gallery, November 15 - December 1. These paintings, photographs and sculptures will decorate the offices and grounds of the new U.S. Embassy complex in Sofia, which is slated for completion later this year. This new Embassy building will not only house the offices and staff of the U.S. Embassy; it will also contain major works of art by American and Bulgarian artists. The exhibit at the City Gallery will offer to the Bulgarian public the unique opportunity to view these major works before they are moved to the new U.S. Embassy building.

Among the Bulgarian artists to be featured in this collection are; Svetlin Roussev, Ivo Hadjimishiev, Emil Christov, Emil Popov, Nadezhda Lyahova, Emil Mirchev, Penka Nikova, Pavel Koichev, Elena Panayatova, Ivan Tomanov, and the team of Missirkov/Bodganov. Featured American artists include Wolf Kahn, Jim Campbell, Richard Misrach, Francesca Pastine, Greg Rose and Antonio Murado, Stuart Allen, Robert Cottingham, Ken Fandell, Caio Fonseca and Pamela Harris.

Collection Bulgarian Photographic Association and Friends Images from the blind spot

22 October 2004 - 14 November 2004


Sofia City Art Gallery presents an exhibition of contemporary Bulgarian photography.

The exhibition features works of the following authors: Alexander Evtimov/ Svetoslav Stoyanov, Boris Misirkov / Georgui Bogdanov, Boryana Pandova, Ventzislava Vassileva / Gabriela Alexandrova, Dimiter Dilkov, Elena Spassova, Emil Hristov, Ivo Hadjimishev, Iordan Iordanov- Uri, Lubomir Mladenov, Milen Stankov, Nadejda Oleg Liahova, Nadejda Chipeva, Simeon Levi, Stanka Tzonkova-Usha. 

The project “Images from the blind spot” is also presented (in cooperation with the ‘Red House’ center for culture and debate and with the support of the ‘Pro Helvetia’ Swiss foundation for culture), and its participants are: Vesselina Nikolaeva, Ivo Hadjimishev, Krassimir Andonov, Marina Trayanova, and Simeon Levi. It was started at the beginning of 2003, and for one year, a team of photographers, sociologists, and specialists in culture studies, has been occupied with visual research of ‘blind spots’ and their surrounding reality. These are themes and images from the trite way of life of about eight million people populating the territory- story lines that do not appear in media and drop out of the ‘artistic’ circle, nor are a subject of ethnographic, ethnic or historic research. 

MEETING POINT Assen Emilov. Background

19 October 2004 - 12 November 2004


The “Background” series of photos represents a fiction of the distance to the “background”, whether this distance is infinite or the background is a kind of a huge set-scene, which creates an illusion of infinity that people are “scared to death” to experience.
The perception of the background as a border zone is fictitious; it is also a challenge to our senses, i.e. what our location is and what the space dimensions that we inhabit and perceive are, or the so called time-space.
By means of blurred shots, in sequences of retakes – each one nearer the object and independent images, the photographs in this series represent objects from the peripheral reality resembling cut-outs from the background.
This exhibition consist 57 c-prints under Plexiglas 106/76/20 mm and inject c-print on canvas 1500/2000 mm.


13 October 2004 - 07 November 2004


This exhibition is connected with the 70th anniversary of the great Bulgarian painter. It includes 82 drawings, watercolors and pastel, created from1977 to 1993. Among them, there is the cycle of 30 erotic ink drawings created in the period from 1981 to 1985 and are shown to the audience for the first time.
The drawing always had a special place in the Yoan Leviev’s rich and artistic course of life of versatile and dynamic creative activity. Looking for revelation, an intimate confession and at the same time- a correction of his personal achievements and a bridge to new plastic discoveries, the painter finds in painting a pure and independent way towards creative expression. 
The ‘Drawings in Private’ exhibition is an attempt to come near, and with respect and compassion, to the intimate world of the creator, in the silence where the roots of his profuse and vivid art are. 

Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova VANITAS

05 October 2004 - 15 October 2004


The Vanitas Exhibition presents a performance of the same name and a series of Digital still lives.
Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova: "Without any claim for authorship but rather for co-compilation, I combine in the series of digital still lives an image taken from the street (a picture of a casually passing-by woman in a dress with painted flowers) with computer-generated background. The image is entirely technically reproduced and unites digital reality with “ordinary” reality. It juxtaposes chance in life with the infinite regularity of numbers. Again there’s the fundamental problem of finitude – a human figure against the infiniteness of the computer-generated background.
Digital still lives, reproducing an assembly reality, express the infinite bearing of finitude, filled with hope and fear. The Vanitas Performance offers a momentary reality, filled with the meaningless dignity of life in itself and presents an opportunity for direct physical participation in this moment."


24 September 2004 - 15 October 2004


The Sofia Art Gallery presents Stoyan Illiev on his 70th anniversary. The exposition has a retrospective nature and includes paintings and sculptures from 1965 to the beginning of the year 2004. 
Stoyan Illiev belongs to that generation of Bulgarian authors who entered artistic life in the 60’s of the 20th century and is committed with significant changes in our art. 
With his very first artistic works of monumental impact, he attracted the audience’s attention.
Since mid-60’s, he has been a participant in a variety of joint art exhibitions and has organized one-man shows and since 1970 he has participated in graphic art, illustration and book layout exhibitions in Bulgaria, Italy, France, Russia, Czechoslovakia.
His inclination towards the monumental and conditional in the shape and color, towards the structure, the relief, the volume, the plane, the power and vibrations of the tint leads him to the creation of ceramic tessellations, wall paintings, sgraffito or wooden sculpture.


22 September 2004 - 10 October 2004


Transparency is the main quality of glass – the material that in the hands of Konstantin Vulchev can vary from a concrete object to its abstract reflection. The fifteen glass sculptures are ‘transparent’, but they also reflect the author’s discoveries – artistic metamorphoses of favorite styles or simply - objects. The carefully thought over and balanced cubist, expressive, art deco elements form part of the author’s provocations. His works emanate strength and softness, brilliance and color. In a feeling of feedback and perspective, the eye of the connoisseur can discover all this and feel the artist’s creative temperament and brilliant precision supported by solid technological knowledge.

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