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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 
Co-organizer: Sofia Art Gallery 

In November 2001, the requirements for participation in the exhibition of the Lesedra virtual gallery were announced. Thanks to the already established contacts, information appeared in several specialized sites and in one of the most important editions for contemporary graphic art- The Printmake Today magazine. This prompted the participation of artists from 11 countries – a natural start. In the meantime, the exhibition has become popular among Bulgarian artists, with special attention to young authors and students; their participation is a high-quality one. 
Result of the Internet contacts are the members of the international jury: Professor Catherine Reeves, Pardue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, the USA; Ms An Desmet, chief editor of the Printmaking Today magazine, London, Great Britain; Professor Barbara Madsen, Payson Gross School, Rudgers University, New Jersey, the USA; professor Akira Kurosaki, Seika University, Kyoto, Japan, and Professor Roumen Skorchev, Bulgaria. 

The SAG participates in the present exhibition with works of the graphic fund collection. Small-scale graphic art works of some of the most important names in Bulgarian art from the first half of ХХ century are included: Pencho Georguiev, Gorge Papazov, Nikolay Raynov, Petar Morozov.


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. 
The photographic installation provokes our traditional notion of it. It consists of 13 colorful posters, organized in the space as a ‘static’ fashion show.


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.

The period spotlighted is exceptionally rich in stylistic trends. It started with the first academic artists in Bulgaria, educated abroad and later created the bridge between religious and worldly painting. Ivan Dimitrov, Nikolay Pavlovich, Georgui Danchov are among them. 

Then follow the representatives of painting of country life, which became the main and leading genre after the Liberation in 1878:
Ivan Murkvichka, Ivan Angelov, Anton Mitov, Yaroslav Veshin. 

The works of the defendants of symbolism and secession in Bulgarian art are of major interest: Stefan Ivanov, Ivan Milev, Sirak Skitnik, Nikolay Raynov, Goshka Datzov, the early works of Vladimir Dimitrov Maystora. 

The development of the impressionism could also be traced in the exhibition through its earliest representatives: Nikola Petrov, Assen Belkovski, Elena Karamihaylova, Elissaveta Consulova-Vazova, Nikola Mihaylov, Nikola Marinov, Nikola Tanev and others. 

Viewers will have the possibility to get familiar with the establishment of the separate genres in Bulgarian painting: portrait, landscape, still life, naked body, which started exactly at the beginning of the 20th century. The exhibition clearly demonstrates the opening of our art towards the most topical trends in Europe in the 20 s and their mastering in the conditions of the specific local situation. 

Historically, the period is visualized through everyday objects, kindly provided by the National Historic Museum, The Museum of History of Sofia, and the Ethnographic Museum. 


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.

INSIDE THE CONTEXT OF THE EXPRESSIVE AND OUTSIDE IT Vesselin Nachev, Ivaylo Vasilev, Ivan Kunchev, Krassimir Roussev, Roumen Bogdanov

01 June 2001 - 01 July 2001

On the surface, this exhibition appears to be a fortuitous meeting of artists from different generations and with different plastic methods. This is an exposition with a conglomerate structure and despite its uniting motto; it should not be referred to as a search of relation, proximity or similar concepts and ideas. 

LANDSCAPE Exhibition Contemporary art form Britain

21 May 2001 - 21 June 2001

A large-scale event that you cannot overlook – 20 contemporary artists form Britain are presented with a total of 47 works with different strategies for reflection and presentation of scenes- genuine, imaginary or lurking in the memory, and a wide range of artistic means inclusively sound, text, slides, video materials, photography, realistic or abstract drawing and sculpture. 

The exhibition consists mainly in works that have recently entered the British Council collection and offers the possibility of investigation of the long-lasting interest of contemporary British artists towards wealth and the complexity of the landscape and the landscape tradition in art. 


08 May 2001 - 28 May 2001


(Happy are those who do not have conscience and the madmen)

Spartak Dermendjiev - Paris shows 50 portraits of his friends and intellectuals. They were created in the course of one year - 2000-2001. The sculptures are made of terracotta (baked clay). They were made from nature and in an impressionistic manner.

The sculptor (born in 1954) gained scandal popularity with his paintings and plastic works of naked female bodies. Now, he is offering a ‘timid’ exhibition of realistic portraits. The artist, though, is looking again for the challenge. And it is in the name of the exhibition and the meaning placed in it. 


01 March 2001 - 01 April 2001

This has been the first exhibition in Sofia of the great Bulgarian artist Encho Pironkov for 6 years. 120 paintings painted in the past 10 years are presented. The works are shown for the first time in public. 

The paintings are mostly figurative compositions in the typical for the author expressionistic style. The largest ones are 2х2 meters and the smallest - 20х30 sm.

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