CONTEMPORARY ART MASTERPIECES From the Collection of Boyan Radev
09 January 2003 - 09 February 2003
In 1975, the painter Stoyan Illiev gave Boyan Radev the painting Girl with a Bird painted in 1967. Thus started the story of a remarkable collection ranging from works of contemporary artists combined with painting and sculpture from the whole XX century, icons and church plate from the and the Revival perod, to Antiquity works. Almost for 28 years, Boayn Radev has been collecting creations of Bulgarian artists and monuments found in Bulgarian lands.
Vienna Architecture preservation and restoration of the city State of Arts III
11 November 2002 - 04 December 2002
The 140 buildings were designed by more than 140 architects and creators 7presented in the exhibition. The buildings that were completed (or started) during the last four years reflect the most important tendencies in contemporary Viennese architecture and also a way of preservation and restoration of the precious city’s building heritage.
CONSONANT AND DISSONANT Nine Studies in Contemplation
07 November 2002 - 05 December 2002
To expose side-by-side works of art from the past couple of years and classic works of art has been an incredibly tempting, almost heuristic task. The very idea to select the artists and construct an artistic pair has been marked by its own history and abounds in sudden turns. Sometimes, it was the classic work that made me choose its modern counterpart but in most cases it was the contemporary artist and his/her latest works that had sent me in search for a predecessor. What I have actually been looking for in everyone’s works was authenticity and meaning. Among the new names, I was specifically looking for very recent arrivals, not yet misused by the media. As for the works by well-known artists, I decided to opt for those that I thought conceptually justified. In all my efforts, my motif had always been to prove that a single work of art could stand for the whole world.
ONE OF THE FIRST Anna-Hen-Yosifova (1872-1931) Jubilee Retrospective Exhibition on the occasion of 130 years of her birth
24 October 2002 - 15 December 2002
The exhibition features 50 paintings – canvass and watercolor, 12 works of the applied art – furniture, objects and accessories, 45 drawings, sketches and projects, numerous archive documents, which present the works of an almost completely forgotten artist found her second homeland in Bulgaria.
MOMENTS CAPTURED Photographs form the Vienna Historic Museum Collection
05 October 2002 - 03 November 2002
Vienna plays a major role in the development of photography. The city’s Historic museum owns a rich collection of about 250 000 photographs. About 300 photographs (among them daguerreotypes, stereoscopes and glass negatives) offer selected moments form an interesting and funny journey into Vienna’s past.
VIRTUAL AND REAL International exhibition small-scale graphic art
11 June 2002 - 07 July 2002
Project: LESEDRA Gallery
VLADIMIR IVANOV 25 years of work HERE AND BEYOND
04 June 2002 - 28 June 2002
Despite his diploma with major Graphic Art, as an artist Vladimir Ivanov is well-known with the diverse nature of his creative life. With his explicit interest towards contemporary expressive means, he chose the hard but favorable course in search of the contents and shape of an artwork with the ambition to be ‘with histime’. The exposition presents 25 years of work HERE AND BEYOND: on the border of two periods, on the border of two worlds, on the border of two spiritual territories – that of real life and the border of the endless fields of poetic imagination. The means vary – drawings, graphic art, plastic art works, objects, installations – towards the conceptual in art, whose territory emphasizes on the idea of the work, on the poetic paradox, and the plastic pun and through the lay with the ephemeral suggests the perpetual meaning of eternal human values.
OUT OF MYSELF Mariela Gemisheva. Danail Starbanov
18 April 2002 - 28 April 2002
To experts and viewers Mariela Gemisheva is known as a prominent fashion designer working in the field of experimentation.
In the present exhibition- photographic installation, we are going to see her in a new role– as a model. This is a new role for her before Danail Shturbev’ s camera– and experiment with the different states of the female image carrying the risk regardless occupation, age, physique, and social pertinence.
BULGARIAN WORLDLY PAINTING SOFIA ART GALLERY COLLECTION 1864-1928
01 November 2001 - 01 December 2001
The exhibition presents 51 authors with 170 paintings owned by the SAG. These works were created between the end of 19th and the beginning of 20th century.
HRISTO STEFANOV A RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION
27 June 2001 - 31 August 2001
This is the first time when the artist Hristo Stefanov presents his huge comprehensive creative work collected on the occasion of his 70th Jubilee. The admirers of this famous Bulgarian artist will meet with his versatile creative work and will trace his exceptionally rich artistic life from his earliest ages (his first picture preserved was drawn when he was 12 – a remarkably precise and full of life portrait of the artist’s uncle), through the popular then Plovdiv period from the 60s, to his most recent paintings. The main line in the author’s creative evolution is found in his numerous portraits – a genre, in which Hristo Stefanov is a renowned master. Among the celebrities of national and international scale that attracted the painter’s trained eye, there are a lot of contemporaries who will have the chance ‘to meet themselves’ through the prism of the artist’s expressive painting. Favorite themes in Hristo Stefanov’s figurative compositions are his family, traces left from human suffering, poetic optimism, nature. The topics provoking restlessness are predominant in his latest painting cycles- the end of the century, entomological compositions, landslides. Abundant exquisite small-scale still life works create vivid accents. Using canvass or paper, sumptuous oil paste, liquid water color or fine nib Hristo Stefanov is an indisputable master; close in his sensitivity both to the reserved Bulgarian iconic painting heritage and to the emotional Latin American and Spanish artistic expression, but preserving the intransitive individualism of his strong creative personality through his whole artistic development.
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