Лого на Софийска Градска Художествена Галерия
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WHAT DO YOU SEE?

12 March 2015 - 19 April 2015


Art is a two-way street. Artists’ works live on through the viewers’ thoughts and feelings. The latter provide a cozy home or an emotional environment for the works’ continuous growth.

Yet, more often than not, artists do not get any feedback. They never become aware of the thoughts their works have provoked, or the way the latter were received and interpreted by the public.

That is why we are inviting you to share your comments, analyses and feelings.

The best responses will be posted on the gallery’s website. Three of you will each get a Sofia City Art Gallery catalogue of your choice.

The visual image has specific features. One of them consists in the endless possibilities it offers. It is this endless space that provides room for a multitude of interpretations. We are curious about your opinions, which will enable us to provide a link between the public and the artists.

We hope that this will be a useful and pleasant experience for you.

The following are some sample questions you could use as reference points:

  • What is the first thing about the artwork that got your attention?
  • What is it that keeps you interested in it?
  • Do you trace any connection between the individual fragments of the artwork, or any connection between the parts within the series of artworks?
  • Does the artwork remind you of anything – another work, place, person, story, idea or memory?
  • What element of the artwork brings the memories or the associations?
  • What feelings does the artwork provoke?

The artworks included in the project belong to the Sofia City Art Gallery collection. They constitute some of the most recent contributions to the departments of Painting, Sculpture, Contemporary Art and Photography. There are works by: Albena Baeva, Andrei Daniel, Atanas Atanasov, Borijana Ventsislavova, Boryana Rossa, Vesa Vassileva, Vladislav Georgiev, Gredy Assa, Zoran Georgiev, Ivo Dimchev, Kamen Starchev, Lazar Lutakov, Nikolay Maistorov, Pavel Koichev, Svetozara Alexandrova, Stanimir Genov, Yana Dimitrova, Yassen Zgurovski.







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27 January 2015 - 03 March 2015








ART FOR CHANGE 1985-2015

20 January 2015 - 05 March 2015


“Art for Change 1985-2015” is a project tracing the profound changes in Bulgaria’s society since the mid-1980s untill today, as well as artists’ awakened consciousness with regard to their mission as correctives of the social milieu.

 

By means of an exhibition and a publication, it exposes the process of opening up new opportunities and waking up to art’s potential to impact societal attitudes. The project aims also at restoring and recording this thread in current Bulgarian art while seeking out opportunities to promote and deepen art’s impact over society.

 

Over the years, Bulgaria’s intellectual elite, and artists in particular, have been blamed for keeping aloof from social processes and for failing to react to developments promptly, sharply and adequately enough. It has been alleged also that their passive stance is a hindrance to the country’s growth and development. Indeed this is the cliché that the project is trying to break by displaying works and documents, which trace crucial moments of the historic transition since the mid-1980s and vindicate artists’ role as an active element of social life. The publication will attempt, for the first time in this country’s recent history, to analyse the relationship between art and society, to seek out the root causes of integration or alienation, to probe deeply and get to the crux of those processes that are at the core of Bulgaria’s society and culture the way they are today.

 

The exhibition showcases works by contemporary Bulgarian artists, who from the mid 80-is till now have marked with their art profound moments of the transition period and present the artist as an active agent of the social change.

 

 

 

The book comprises 384 pages of analytical texts, interviews and more than 390 reproductions. Its purpose is to present the historical perspective while attempting also to provide insight into current realities through past experiences. The book includes texts my Maria Vassileva, Diana Popova, Boyan Manchev, Georgi 
Tenev, Alexander Kiossev and interviews with Svetlin Roussev, Nedko Solakov and Luchezar Boyadjiev in a bilingual format (Bulgarian and English).

 

Participating artists: Adelina Popndeleva, Alexander Valchev, Alla Georgieva, Atanas Neikov, Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov, Boryana Rossa and ULTRAFUTURO, Daniela Oleg Liahova, Dimitar Solakov, Galentin Gatev, Ivo Bistrichki, Kalin Serapionov, Kiril Kuzmanov, Kiril Prashkov, Krassimir Terziev, Kristina Irobalieva, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Luben Kostov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Nedko Solakov, Neno Belchev, Nikola Mihov, Nina Kovacheva, Petko Dourmana, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Samuil Stoyanov, Sasho Soitzov, Stanislav Pamukchiev, Stefan Lutakov, Stella Vasileva, Svetlin Roussev, Valentin Stefanoff, Vassil Simittchiev, Velislava Gecheva, Ventsislav Zankov, Zoran Georgiev.

 

Against the backdrop of the turbulent political events in Bulgaria of 2013 and 2014, of protests and the emergence of a matured civil society in Bulgaria, this project is striving to provide answers to such questions as “Where are the Bulgarian intellectuals?”, “What is their role in times of transition?”, “Do they demonstrate a stance of active social engagement?”, “Can art not just reflect but cause social change as well?”

 







ART FOR CHANGE 1985-2015

20 January 2015 - 05 March 2015


“Art for Change 1985-2015” is a project tracing the profound changes in Bulgaria’s society since the mid-1980s untill today, as well as artists’ awakened consciousness with regard to their mission as correctives of the social milieu.

 

By means of an exhibition and a publication, it exposes the process of opening up new opportunities and waking up to art’s potential to impact societal attitudes. The project aims also at restoring and recording this thread in current Bulgarian art while seeking out opportunities to promote and deepen art’s impact over society.

 

Over the years, Bulgaria’s intellectual elite, and artists in particular, have been blamed for keeping aloof from social processes and for failing to react to developments promptly, sharply and adequately enough. It has been alleged also that their passive stance is a hindrance to the country’s growth and development. Indeed this is the cliché that the project is trying to break by displaying works and documents, which trace crucial moments of the historic transition since the mid-1980s and vindicate artists’ role as an active element of social life. The publication will attempt, for the first time in this country’s recent history, to analyse the relationship between art and society, to seek out the root causes of integration or alienation, to probe deeply and get to the crux of those processes that are at the core of Bulgaria’s society and culture the way they are today.

 

The exhibition showcases works by contemporary Bulgarian artists, who from the mid 80-is till now have marked with their art profound moments of the transition period and present the artist as an active agent of the social change.

 

 

 

The book comprises 384 pages of analytical texts, interviews and more than 390 reproductions. Its purpose is to present the historical perspective while attempting also to provide insight into current realities through past experiences. The book includes texts my Maria Vassileva, Diana Popova, Boyan Manchev, Georgi 
Tenev, Alexander Kiossev and interviews with Svetlin Roussev, Nedko Solakov and Luchezar Boyadjiev in a bilingual format (Bulgarian and English).

 

Participating artists: Adelina Popndeleva, Alexander Valchev, Alla Georgieva, Atanas Neikov, Boris Missirkov and Georgi Bogdanov, Boryana Rossa and ULTRAFUTURO, Daniela Oleg Liahova, Dimitar Solakov, Galentin Gatev, Ivo Bistrichki, Kalin Serapionov, Kiril Kuzmanov, Kiril Prashkov, Krassimir Terziev, Kristina Irobalieva, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Luben Kostov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Nedko Solakov, Neno Belchev, Nikola Mihov, Nina Kovacheva, Petko Dourmana, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Samuil Stoyanov, Sasho Soitzov, Stanislav Pamukchiev, Stefan Lutakov, Stella Vasileva, Svetlin Roussev, Valentin Stefanoff, Vassil Simittchiev, Velislava Gecheva, Ventsislav Zankov, Zoran Georgiev.

 

Against the backdrop of the turbulent political events in Bulgaria of 2013 and 2014, of protests and the emergence of a matured civil society in Bulgaria, this project is striving to provide answers to such questions as “Where are the Bulgarian intellectuals?”, “What is their role in times of transition?”, “Do they demonstrate a stance of active social engagement?”, “Can art not just reflect but cause social change as well?”

 







TO BE CONTINUED...

05 November 2014 - 31 December 2014


Gaudenz B. Ruf is a Swiss national, diplomat and passionate admirer of art. As Switzerland's ambassador to Bulgaria from 1995 to 2000, he sets up in his residence numerous exhibitions. He supports the development of the country, and the place of contemporary Bulgarian art in this process. At the same time Ruf demonstrates genuine insight. The names presented by him are among today’s Bulgarian artists who in the beginning of the 90ies and today establish the profile of this art.

After the completion of his diplomatic career in 2005, Gaudenz B. Ruf strengthens his commitment to the benefit of new Bulgarian art. He sets up an art award for which everybody may apply, as it is bestowed by a highly qualified independent international panel. This is the first award for art in Bulgaria of this kind. The prize (Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for new Bulgarian Art) stimulates the entire cultural community. It exists from 2007 to 2011. In this period a total of 560 candidates compete for it, 79 of whom are nominated for the award. The works of the nominees are presented at annual exhibitions and published in catalogs.

Since then, Ruf’s financial and time commitment to support contemporary Bulgarian art remains invariably big although the formula of support changes. Instead of an evaluation of completed works, now the focus is on the creation of new works. From 2012 onwards the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award provides support for the

 

 

 

implementation of art works by Bulgarian artists and for events, which present contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad.

For his merits Gaudenz B. Ruf was awarded on September 12th, 2013 with the Order of “St. St. Cyril and Methodius" / first degree. This is the highest award bestowed by the Republic of Bulgaria for merit in the field of science, culture and education.

During the entire period of emotional and professional commitment to Bulgarian art Gaudenz B. Ruf buys works for his private collection (in two phases – in the 90ies and from 2005). Today it numbers over 100 works.

The current exhibition displays a representative part of this collection. Among the authors are: Bora Petkova, Borjana Ventzislavova, Bozhidar Boyadzhiev, Dan Tenev, Desislava Unger, Elena Panayotova, Emil Mirazchiev, Ivan Kostolov, Kalin Serapionov, Kamen Stoyanov, Kiril Prashkov, Kolio Karamfilov, Kosta Tonev, Leda Ekimova, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Lyuben Genov, Monica Romenska, Nadia Genova, Nedko Solakov, Nestor Kovachev, Nina Kovacheva, Petar Tsanev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Rada Bukova, Samuil Stoyanov, Sasho Stoitzov, Simeon Simeonov, Slav Nedev, Stella Vasileva, Valentin Stefanoff, Vasil Popov.

And the consecutive huge gesture of Gaudenz B. Ruf to Bulgarian culture - 24 of the displayed works and series of works will remain in Bulgaria as a donation to the Sofia City Art Gallery and its fund Contemporary Art and Photography.







The Visual Artists of The National Theatre of Bulgaria

16 September 2014 - 30 November 2014


“The Visual Artists of The National Theatre of Bulgaria | 1904 – 1954” is a joint project of Sofia Art Gallery and the National Theatre in relation to the 110th anniversary since its foundation. The exhibition includes unknown works (sketches, photographs, costumes, etc.) from the National Theatre’s archive and artistic works from the funds of Sofia Art Gallery, the Archaeological Museum and the Sofia Library.

The exposition consists of the creations of 63 artists that have worked on the stage of the National Theatre as decorators, costume artists, hatters and architects in the period of 1904–1954. The exhibition is a summary of the material heritage of the Bulgarian artists that survived at the archive of today’s “Ivan Vazov” National Theatre. This archive reveals the different nuances of the artistic mastery of art painters such as Anton Mitov, Ivan Milev, Sirak Skitnik, Ivan Penkov, Pencho Georgiev, Preslav Karshovski, Tsanko Lavrenov, Dechko Uzunov, Georgi Popov (John), of the colossus of the Bulgarian scenography Aleksander Milenkov, of the authors Venera Naslednikova and Asen Popov. This is an archive that gives us the chance to look into the work of dozens of names, which has been neglected by the researchers of art history with their “evaluations” for high and low, significant and petty – names as Andromaha Argirova, Milka Okeanova, Pelagia Vidinska, Maria Berova (Henning), Minion Milenkova, Ani Hadzhimisheva, Raina Rakarova, Strashimir Machev, Ivan Krilov, Todor Pelovski, etc.

The exhibition underlines also one of the world cultural events during this year – 450 years since the birth of the great British play-writer William Shakespeare.

The exposition will be accompanied by a number of cultural events such as lectures, concerts, scientific conference, theater productions, etc.

A thoroughly illustrated catalogue is prepared together with the exhibition, implemented with the financial support of the Sofia Municipality and the Ministry of Culture. Part of the research work during the project is implemented with the help of the program “Student Practices”, in which students from the National Academy of Art and New Bulgarian University participate.

 

The exhibition team would like to thank the State Agency “Archives”, National Museum for Bulgarian Fine Art, National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, National Academy of Art, Union of the Bulgarian Artists, Sofia Library, etc.







Exhibition of the BAZA Award for contemporary art nominees

12 June 2014 - 06 July 2014


The Award for contemporary art BAZA is unique for Bulgaria. It is a grant for travel and residency in New York City for one and a half months. Each year one Bulgarian artist aged under 35 becomes the BAZA winner. He or she is chosen after a two-stage competition.


The award winner’s stay in New York comprises a programme of meetings with curators, visiting galleries and art institutions, collaborations with artists from other countries as well as the opportunity for an exhibition or presentation of the artist’s own work. The widening of the professional contacts is also due to the fact, that BAZA is part of an awards-network in more than 10 countries in Central and Eastern Europe (YVAA), which function on a similar principle.


In Bulgaria BAZA exists since 2008, when it was initiated by Maria Vassileva and founded by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia. The award winners get the opportunity for a solo exhibition at the ICA Gallery in Sofia after finishing their residencies. Partner of the project is the Sofia City Art Gallery which provides the space and support for the exhibition of the nominees. Curator of the exhibition is Daniela Radeva.


Members of the 2014 jury are: Iara Boubnova, Maria Vassileva, Galina Dimitrova-Dimova, Kalin Serapionov and Sasho Stoitsov. For the second year in a row in the jury take part also an international curator, who is Vilcek Foundation Fellow. In 2014 this is Lumi Tan, critic and curator, currently working for one of the oldest and most prestigious art spaces in New York – The Kitchen.


The BAZA award winner for 2014 is Zoran Georgiev.

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THE COLLECTION. NEW ACQUISITIONS 2012-2013

05 June 2014 - 31 August 2014


Sofia City Art Gallery presents the most recent acquisitions in its Painting, Graphics, Sculpture and Contemporary Art and Photography collections, received in the past two years, either as donations or as purchases, with the financial support of the Sofia Municipality.

The enrichment of the collections is a matter of historical responsibility. The gallery’s policy is to try and fill some of the gaps with respect to the classics of Bulgarian painting, graphics and sculpture. Among the best known names in the current selection are: Assen Belkovski, Preslav Karshovski, Tsvetana Karshovska, Vaska Balareva, Ivan Georgiev-Rembrandt, Todor Panayotov, Snezhana Popgencheva, Vladimir Ivanov, Nadezhda Kouteva, Svilen Blazhev, Angel Stanev, Nina Kovacheva, Valentin Stefanoff.

A priority is the rediscovery of forgotten authors or of little known Bulgarian artists living and working abroad: Nikolay Boyadzhiev, Evgenia Vodenitcharova, Alexander Georgiev, Dimitar Batoev, Krasimira Drenska, Mariana Vassileva, etc.

Special attention is given to the young generations of artists: Ivan Moudov, Kamen Starchev, Peter Mintchev, Ivo Bistrichki, Kamen Stoyanov, Kaliya Kalacheva, Minko Yovchev, Leda Starcheva, Miná Minov, Leda Ekimova, Maximilian Pramatarov, Samuil Stoyanov, Lyben Petrov.

2012 saw the beginning of the long-term partnership between the Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, a branch of Sofia City Art Gallery and Societe General Expressbank. The financial support received has made possible the acquisition of works by some young artists: Mihail Novakov, Vitto Valentinov, Georgi Georgiev-Jojo, Boris Pramatarov, Iskra Blagoeva, HR-Stamenov and others.

In 2013 Sofia Art Gallery launched a long-term project in support of contemporary Bulgarian photography. In partnership with photographers Nikola Mihov and Ivaylo Stoyanov the museum collection expanded with more than 40 works by Dimitri Stefanov, Elena Geroska, Eugenia Maximova, Babak Salari, Georgi Kozhuharov, Vassil Iliev, Yasena Popova, Milen Radev, Ivaylo Stoyanov, Nikola Mihov. The collection includes all free photography forms with a focus on works created after the year 2000. A website, Bulgarian Photography Now, has been launched too. It showcases selected works of Bulgarian photographers as well as projects of foreign artists who have worked in Bulgaria. http://www.bulgarianphotographynow.com







KOLIO KARAMFILOV

14 May 2014 - 01 June 2014


The sudden premature passing of the great Bulgarian artist Kolio Karamfilov prompted us to organize an exhibition in his memory, and thus recall the power of his art.

The exhibition features artworks belonging to various genres and periods of his career as an artist, which allow just a glimpse at his endless talent.

Kolio Karamfilov (1963-2014) was born in the city of Plovdiv, where he studied scenography at the School for Theater Design, from which he graduated in 1982. Starting in 1983, he participated in numerous general and group exhibitions. He co-created the “Modern Classic” tandem together with Dimitar Mitovski, coming up with several actions and exhibitions over the period 1989-92. He was a co-founding member of the “Rab” (“Edge”) avant-garde group, having participated in all events organized by the latter in the period 1990-1993. In 1995 he also became a co-founding member of the “Disco’95“ group. He worked in the fields of graphic arts, illustration, painting, sculpture and scenography. He won numerous awards.

Kolio Karamfilov is a universe which had to offer way more than one or more artworks. He was present in our lives through his many talents – the ability to paint, to play the guitar and sing along, to speak in an inimitably enchanting manner.

Yet his approach to art is minimalist at best. He attempted to create a visual language based on easily recognizable and readable codes. He relied on the recurrent use of some of his favorite signs, namely the house, the hand, the wing, the heart, the head, lending the wisdom of lessons learned to all of them.

This exhibition would not have been possible without the support of Kolio’s family, friends and collectors, namely Rosen Karamfilov, Ina Damyanova, Stefan Bozhkov, Radost Kotseva (U.P.A.R.K. gallery), Pavlina Marinova and Emil Pungerov (L’Union gallery), Rositsa Ivanova, Nikolay Nedelchev, Elena Yoncheva and Plamen Todorov, Emil Ivanov, Simeon Djurov, Dimitar Todoranov, Dimitar Rusev, Atanas Hranov, the Popnedelev family – Adelina and Vihroni, Krassimir Dobrev.

Curators: Maria Vassileva, Stanislava Nikolova, Stefan Bojkov.







GREDDY ASSA

29 April 2014 - 25 May 2014


Greddy Assa puts out an exhibition of forty-nine large format canvases created between 2010 and 2014. Sixtieth anniversary, yet only a retrospective of feelings. The selection of paintings includes portraits whose elusive protagonists defy analysis, leaving a scent and the sound of a tune instead; there are also drawings where the artist juggles with anatomical reference points, yet most of the paintings have sprung out of mirages, memories of momentary experiences, associations brought by places or events. They legitimize the fleeting, the ever elusive, which happens in dreams during half-sleep; maybe the longing for this ever elusive thing, the feeling, … flavored with irony, mixed up with childish faith in the miracle that is this close to happening. That is why the desert, which harbors the prospect of any mirage, which is a constantly changing scene of the imaginary, charged with the potential for transformation, was chosen as a muse and a tool.

 

 

 

“The deserta hidden breath, a place of countless dangers, yet also of endless aestheticism, inspiring me as an artist, a discoverer of unexpected beautyIt starts from sand banks, pushes away every last one of the already sparse bare rocks, reminds of the Moon’s surface, standing so close with its many faces. Her stripes, like the convulsions of the soul, harbor a sense of weightlessness. Having attracted the company of countless sand dunes, looking like reclining nymphsI am asking myself whether I do exist? I feel otherworldly silence among the heaps of sand, triggering in me the feeling of the unknown and irreversible. Loneliness and dehydration of imagination.

It makes me feel like a grain of sand, one of many, yet a grain with a world of its own, a world full of freedom, hope, inspirationAnd regardless of the occasional feeling that I do not exist outside the desert, I can see hope in the fact that I have been able to make this journey through the desert in my thoughts, that my momentary melancholy is entirely gone, that maybe temperature inversion has made me hope that what I get to see tomorrow will take me by surprise yet again

All that is left for me to do is keep walking

 

 

 

Greddy Assa





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