Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
Анимация по време на зареждане

ENGRAVING Hristophor Gepharovich (unknown, Doyran - 1753, Moscow) Zaharii Orphelin (unknown - 1785) Velko Mihaylovich born 1948

25 February 2003 - 30 March 2003


The exhibition of engravings created by Hristophor Gepharovich, Zahraii Orphelin and Velko Mihaylovich was shown in the fall of 2002 in Samokov within the program of the international scientific conference Monastery Culture on the Balkans. Due to the great interest towards the works, it was agreed during the inauguration in the town of Samokov for the exhibition to be shown to viewers in Sofia. Thus, the only collection of Hristophor Gepharovich and Zahraii Orphelin known in Bulgaria, owned by Elena and Ivan Duichevi became accessible to a larger audience. 

EXPORT-IMPORT Contemporary Art from Bulgaria

25 February 2003 - 30 March 2003


According to the commercial terminology, Export-Import means the export of one commodity and the import of another. In the context of the present edition this term changes its meaning and denotes our desire to “bring”, virtually and actually, the exported contemporary Bulgarian art back to its native country. Virtually – through the catalogue that preserves the works that have left the borders of the country. Actually – through the exhibition that tries to restore the map of Bulgarian presence abroad.

The Export-Import project is an attempt at filling a “blank” spot in our knowledge about the things happening outside Bulgaria (and inside it also). And at provoking the public opinion towards reconsidering its position about these artists who for more than 10 years have been Bulgaria’s invariable face before the world. All presented authors are alive and in sound health. And they have not yet given up their desire to create art. Isn’t it better to leave behind the “myth of the return” instead of participating in its formation? And to give these artists what they deserve here and now. So that they would not feel as hotel guests in their own country.

Kiro Mavrov drawings painting mobiles

05 February 2003 - 28 February 2003


Kiro Mavrov is familiar to Bulgarian viewers as an illustrator, book designer and author of satiric drawings. His last one-man exhibition was in 1983. 

Twenty years later, he presents 10 drawings, 10 paintings on canvass, 10 watercolors, and 5 mechanisms.

The author’s idea appeared years ago. After numerous drawings, sketches and experiments Kiro Mavrov has reached the implementation of the project. His aim is to create one common space, in which separate works complement and influence each other. Active role in it play the mechanisms – kinetic objects representing the actual movement as an echo of painting and drawings. 

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. 

This is the first time when art connoseurs will have the chance to see contemporary art of this collection. In two of the halls of the Sofia City Art Gallery 190 paintings and 60 sculptures are exhibited created at the end of the 60s of the last century until present.

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.
I also wanted to challenge others to think along the same lines and to discover layers, aspects and nuances; and to teach them to interpret the nucleus of imagery. I had deliberately disregarded usual parameters such as parallels in style or iconographic likeness. What I had been aiming at was to achieve, together with everyone else, something more precious and significant, namely the essence. As each pair naturally exhibited artistic differences, the dominant element in presenting them as a pair was also different. 
Such an approach is of course highly vulnerable and contesting it is also part of the game. The important thing is to try and gain insight into the understanding that it is the world of the painting that is infinite.

Ryja Marinska

IVAN MILEV (1897-1927) - IVAN MILEV (1957)
IVAN NENOV (1902-1997) - VESSELIN NACHEV (1958)

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. 
She was born in 872 in Germany, graduated from the Art-Industrial School in Brunswig, then still life with flowers in Hague; she participated in prestigious German exhibitions –Elberfeld, Brunswig, Kemnitz, Dresden. She participated in the union of German Artistic Associations, The Munich Union of Artists, the Association of Arts in Enhalt-Desau. 
Married to a Bulgarian, Yosifova came to Bulgaria in 1900. Here she became a member of the Contemporary Art modern association and took part in numerous exhibitions both in Bulgaria and abroad- Liege, Munich, Zagreb, Belgrade, and others. She received numerous awards. In 1907, she took part in a group exhibition in Sofia together with Nikola Mihaylov, Petar Morozov and Goshka Datzov.She made a one-man exhibition in 1930. She died a month after its inauguration, at the beginning of 1931. 
She became the first female artists who received wide public and professional acknowledgement with lasting presence in Bulgarian art life during the first half of ХХ century.

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.

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