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Exhibition of the BAZA Award for contemporary art nominees: Dimitar Solakov, Emilian Lalev, Iskra Blagoeva, Kiril Kuzmanov, Nikolay Zanev, Sasho Popovski, Stela Vasileva, Zoran Georgiev

18 June 2013 - 14 July 2013


Sofia City Art Gallery and Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia together with: Foundation for a Civil Society, New York and Young Visual Artists Awards present Exhibition of the BAZA Award for contemporary art nominees.

The BAZA award for contemporary art is a part of the competition network Young Visual Artists Awards (yvaa.net), held yearly in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Kosovo, Republic of Macedonia, Serbia, Slovakia and Slovenia. The connection between the separate competitions is established by the Foundation for a Civil Society in New York, which provides the awards – a six-week creative residency in New York for one artist from each country. Each of the national competitions has its own name, schedule and managing art institution. Author of the name BAZA and initiator of the award itself is Maria Vassileva. The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia (ica-sofia.org) is responsible for the realization of the competition and organizes it together with the Sofia City Art Gallery. 

The award winner’s stay in New York comprises becoming acquainted with the art scene and art life, meetings with curators and colleagues. The artists have working studios at their disposal as well as the opportunity to organize an exhibition in the space of the International Studio and Curatorial Program (iscp-nyc.org). 
The BAZA award winners so far are: Rada Boukova (2008), Samuil Stoyanov (2009), Anton Terziev (2010), Vikenti Komitski (2011) and Leda Ekimova (2012). 

The selection of the award winner is made by jury of well-established painters, curators and representatives of art institutions. In 2013 members of the jury are: Maria Vassileva (curator, chief curator of the Sofia City Art Gallery), Iara Boubnova (curator, director of ICA-Sofia), Nedko Solakov (artist), Boris Missirkov (photographer), Georgi Bogdanov (photographer), Olivier Boissiere (contemporary art collector), Sara Reisman (curator, Vilcek Foundation Fellow). Besides joining the jury for the second stage of the competition, the visit of Sara Reisman aims for becoming acquainted with the modern Bulgarian art scene. 

In the upcoming exhibition the eight 2013 nominees will present predominantly new projects. For Zoran Georgiev and Kiril Kuzmanov this is the second nomination for the BAZA award. Their works of art as well as the ones of Iskra Blagoeva, Stela Vasileva, Nikolay Zanev, and Dimitar Solakov are already popular with the public. Emilian Lalev and Sasho Popovski exhibit for the first time. Within the exhibition the authors will display objects, installations, paintings, drawings and video.

The BAZA award winner for 2013 is Kiril Kuzmanov.







Zlatyu Bpyadjiev and Baratsite

13 June 2013 - 01 July 2013


Zlatyu Boyadjiev and Baratsite is an exhibition organized by Sofia City Art Gallery and Art Gallery - Plovdiv. It consists of two parts - the first one includes iconic works by Zlatyu Boyadjiev from different periods, and the second is dedicated to his friendship with Vassil Barakov and David Peretz - the three known as Baratsite, tracking their common path in arts, as well as the personal development of each of them.

Zlatyu Boyadjiev will draw hundreds of compositions, portraits and landscapes in his creative life, marked by a watershed - the paralysis that determined his biography as an artist. So his work is divided into two periods. The first is characterized by the classic manner of composition, and in the picturesque building up is felt the influence of the Impressionists, of Renaissance masters and old icons, but the themes are always bound by Bulgarian nature, the small town and the village, with life in them. In the second period, when he began painting with his left hand, the style of the artist changed dramatically in the direction of imagery, including dozens of figures in the compositions and colours and expressive brushstrokes. His works acquired pronounced expressiveness and dramaticism. Some of them attract with their enjoyable story, while others are filled with bizarre characters, often as a disguise of symbolic meaning.

Fate made the three future artists meet in Plovdiv, where they had their first steps in art. That road started from drawing in the ruins of Kurshum Khan tavern, from the sign drawing company, the Academy of Arts, and their common lodging in Sofia, to take them out on the trails of the Rhodope mountains. Barakov, Boyadjiev and Peretz discovered their artistic means in this soft and beautiful mountain that attracted them 
for years. And while the generation of Bulgarian landscape artists before them found beauty in old houses, their yards and alleys, it was Baratsite who discovered the Rhodope mountains for Bulgarian art as a plastic and sign image. The landscape in 

the works of Boyadjiev, Barakov and Peretz is not just a beautiful view, but a specific creative attitude and mindset, depending on the purely subjective standpoint and feeling of the author.
Massive arrays, deep valleys, Rhodope style houses, curved paths, people and animals that inhabit them - they all possess the integrity and the forms that excited the three artists. They were attracted by the power of the mountain, its primary materiality, by the animate and the inanimate in it. The three artists, slowly over the decades, will walk their path from the Rhodope landscapes, through still lifes, figure compositions and portraits.
Peretz will create amazing landscapes and still life, turning them into high art. Over the years, he will go through figure composition with the means of synthetic expressive realism, reaching lyrical abstraction and progressively destructuring the image. 
Barakov will be creative in still-life and portraits, but in all his works his preference will remain for the landscape genre. The artist’s early landscapes were expressive, with marked relief, saturated colour and dense texture, without minor details, but with synthetically achieved and simply expressed form. He was one of the first Bulgarian artists who developed industrial landscape. At a later stage Barakov created paintings, impressionistic in spirit.

So Zlatyu Boyadjiev, Vadsil Barakov and David Peretz subscribed to the history of Bulgarian art with the common direction in their young age, their personal individual contribution over the decades, and they remained forever linked by their students’ nickname Baratsite.

On the occasion of the exhibition was issued a bilingual (Bulgarian and English) catalogue of 100 pages with 114 reproductions, a comprehensive biography of Zlatyu Boyadjiev and a complete bibliography of the three artists.

The exhibition was organized with the collaboration of the Art Galleries in: Burgas, Varna, Vidin, Gabrovo, Dobrich, Kazanlak, Lovech, Pazardjik, Pernik, Pleven, Plovdiv, Ruse, Sliven, Smolyan and Stara Zagora, as well as the Academician Svetlin Rusev, the National Art Gallery, the Boyan Radev collection, the State Agency of archives, the Municipal Institute Ancient Plovdiv, the National Library in Plovdiv, The National Library Ivan Vazov - Plovdiv, section Local History, the Regional State Archives - Plovdiv, the Regional Museum of History in Blagoevgrad, The organization of Jews in Bulgaria - Shalom. 

After Sofia, the exhibition will be shown in the Art Galleries of Plovdiv and Stara Zagora.







MESSAGES OF LIGHT

17 May 2013 - 02 June 2013


The exhibition is among the events featured in the Second Paper Art Biennial, held within the framework of the Sofia Paper Art Festival 2013. The biennial’s current edition, comprised of 19 exhibitions in various Sofia venues, has broad international representation. 

The selection of artworks, exhibited under the “Messages of Light” motto, high-lights the specifics of paper art from the vantage point of various traditions and cultures around the world. With its fragile structure, which is a combination of primeness and exquisiteness, delicacy and playfulness, elegance and grotesqueness, mundaneness and magic, paper is a material affording artists countless opportunities for creative reconsideration of the world. Many of the artworks were developed as nature forms, others feature elements of script, folklore traditions, poetic confessions. This involved the use of various manual paper-casting technologies, as well as of recycled and scrap paper. The imagination and artistic freedom paper is approached with by artists transform the mundane everyday material into a delicate spiritual message.

The exhibition features 27 artworks by 13 artists: Harald Metzler - Austria, Eva Toker - Argentina, Gail Stiffe and Jassica Wong - Australia, Irene Rammensee and Helene Tschacher – Germany, Sun Young Kang - Korea, Veroniquies Sapin – France, Yoshio Hasegawa – Japan, Ferry Staverman – the Netherlands, Magda Sobon – Poland, Aidee Bernard – France and Kathrin Dardel – Switzerland.

Most of the artists participating in the exhibition are members of the International Association of Hand Papermakers and Paper Artists (IAPMA). Many of them came to our country specifically for the festival and the presentations included in its programme. Helene Tschacher was a long-time president of the association, while annual paper art congresses help promote successfully new trends in this kind of art. 

Two presentations will be delivered at the Sofia City Art Gallery-hosted exhibition: one devoted to recycled paper and its products, introducing new trends in the cre-ation of various constructions, and a lecture entitled “Paper in China” to be deliv-ered by Liu Ian Gracely, curator of international sculpture events.







ARENAS - A LIFE BETWEEN CINEMA, SMALL SCULPTURE AND PAINTING

09 May 2013 - 10 May 2013


The jubilee exhibition organized in SCAG traces precisely the essential directions of exploration and evolution in the artistic trajectory of Petko Bonchev.

The exposition brings forth a rich and diverse creative heritage that seems engaged in equal measures in cinematographic stage design, in small sculpture and in painting. 
Having initially chosen architecture in 1952 Petko Bonchev graduates from the State School of Polytechnics in Sofia to be able two years only later to find a home in the world of cinema. He gets employed in the Boyana Feature Films Studio and his allegiance to this institution will last a lifetime. There he will work as Production Designer on such films as The Inspector and the Night (1963), A Bit of Heaven for Three (1965), Karambol (1966), Taste of Almonds (1967), The Prosecutor (1968), The White Room (1968), At Each Kilometer (1969 – 1971), Typhoons with Gentle Names (1979), I Don’t Live One Life Only (Nikolai Ghiaurov 50) (1981), Salvation (1984) and others. And while designing this roll of battle epics for the silver screen, Petko Bonchev will be methodically creating an intimately personal poetic realm of images – paintings and small sculptures. 
This exquisite heritage of the artist, which he himself revealed in a few solo exhibitions before his death remains insufficiently explored and unfamiliar to the public. The present exhibition in the SCAG offers the opportunity to perceive Petko Bonchev from a specific point of view that by all evidence makes it possible to recognize in the small sculptures the symbiosis between production design and painting and the seamless fusion of expressive means that transform the movie frame into a painting and infuse the painting with the vitality of a cinema scene.

The exhibition includes works from the fund of the SCAG and private collections, as well as photographic testimonials from the Photographic Archive of the Bulgarian National Cinematheque.

The exposed photos are the work of: Irina Peeva, Donka Jolova, Lothe Mihailova, Krum Kostov, Jeni Vulova, Georgi Rusinov, Elena Dimitrova, Mladen Chavdarov, Krassimir Arabadjiev, Lena Hurtarska, Todor Kostov, Kornelia Antonova, Nikolai Gospodinov.

The Exhibition is created in partnership with the Bulgarian National Cinematheque, the National Film Center Executive Agency, the Artist Author Association, the Music Author Association. 







Georgi Tenev. A MONUMENT OF MY MEMORY

06 May 2013 - 07 May 2013


Writer Georgi Tenev’s project “A Monument of My Memory” offers an archival and biographical reading of a specific historical fact and the way it is perceived today. It represents 200 photo reproductions of commemorative plaques with the names of Bulgarian soldiers and officers having died in the two Balkan Wars and World War One (1912-1913).

Through the years, the fate of these plaques has been unenviable. They were parts of a memorial which existed in the vicinity of what is today the National Palace of Culture. The monument with the roll of honour of Sofia’s 1st Infantry and Veliko Tarnovo’s 6th Infantry was damaged during the 1944 bombing raids and was completely removed in the 1970s during the construction of the Palace of Culture and the development of the surrounding area. The rolls of honour have been preserved in the repositories of the National Museum of Military History, but all attempts and initiatives over the past 20 years aimed at restoring the monument in one way or another have been unsuccessful. 

The putting up of these photo reproductions coincides with the centenary of the wars in which Bulgarian soldiers and officers gave their lives, and with the 75th anniversary of the inauguration of the original Roll of Honour Memorial. 

Georgi Tenev has implemented this project jointly with sculptors Natalia Todorova, Ivana Nencheva and Iliya Novachev, designer Gars, photographers Krassimir Stoichkov and Petar Yordanov and film director Lyubomir Pechev. 







Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova

01 May 2013 - 12 May 2013


The video installation FRAMES includes 6 projections dedicated to various visual and social limitations. In three of her videos: The Inexorable Nature of the Renaissance, The Irresistible Charm of Impressionism and The Irrefutable Argument of Conceptualism (created in 2012–2013), the artist comments upon trends in visual art, namely Renaissance, Impressionism and Conceptualism, posing unambiguous questions about the potential liberties and limitations of each one of them. She adds to them the 2005 work Talk, which is actually a spontaneously recorded conversation between artists about some of the most prominent names in the history of painting.

A counterpoint to the above is the video Burden, where the artist tells a personal story from her childhood – the time when aesthetical preferences are shaped together with a system of views pertaining to one’s overall perception of the world. 

In Elusive Images (2012), within the framework of five minutes and 45 seconds, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova offers us her vision of the surrounding world, evidently shaped by all opportunities and limitations considered until that moment. Visual layering and the acquired social experience contribute to a multifaceted and well-rounded view. Hence the diverse “readings“ of the world, which resemble image layering in a video.

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Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova was born in 1960 in Sofia, where she works and lives. The artist is known for her ability to “capture“ and re-create the most delicate, frequently invisible, states of objects, people and human interrelations. Her ability to notice what others fail to see, to discern the nuances even in the most everyday situation and the most ordinary event places her among the most sensitive contemporary artists. Her more prominent solo exhibitions include: eco stories, Sklada+, Sofia, 2011; Globally and on a Long-term Basis the Situation Is Positive, Sofia City Art Gallery, 2009, Moderate Optimism, 6 September Street, No.9, Sofia, 2008; Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Centre for Contemporary Art, Pancevo, Serbia, 2008; The Lions of Sofia, Artists' Association fabs, Warsaw, Poland, 2006 and the Goethe Institute, Sofia, 2005; Vanitas, Yokohama Museum of Art, Japan, 2004. She is the winner of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for 2009.







The Other Eye Project: Gorgons in the Storage Room, or, Apocalypse Now

30 April 2013 - 02 June 2013


“The Other Eye” is a series of exhibitions by the idea of Maria Vassileva, where non-art historians and non-curators are invited to work with the Sofia City Art Gallery museum collection. The project aims to look beyond traditional interpretations of history and, possibly, “unearth” somewhat forgotten works, and also trace new links connecting the latter. 
The Other Eye project is designed to fight precisely the inertia in viewing and interpreting. It includes in the dialogue with museum exhibits people who exercise their imaginations in other cultural fields or who are not burdened with narrow specialized knowledge. We rely on their fresh gaze to offer us surprising discoveries and to build new contexts for familiar works.
The first exhibition under this project, Luchezar Boyadjiev: Artist in the Storage (2010), took us through an installation labyrinth built on the basis of intimate, friendly, collegial and official relationships between generations of artists, relationships that have interwoven their works into a canvas of invisible, but definitive for their oeuvre, dialogues. Through the personal gaze of someone who is part of this amalgam of intrigues and emotions situated on a small visible territory, Luchezar Boyadjiev drew a tale about different times and storylines running uninterruptedly through them. In Out of Time (2011), the philosopher Boyan Manchev countered his own expectation of discovering in the collection primarily grand historical subjects and ideological narratives. Conversely, he found a harmonious balance between “private/public, everyday/holiday, human/inhuman, coercion/freedom, ideological utopia/idyllic utopia” and devoted his study to the specific, purely artistic time that seems to overcome historical time.
Ani Vaseva, Boryana Rossa and Monika Vakarelova juxtapose different views and perceptions about the collection which, albeit conflicting at first sight, find multiple points of intersection. Their gaze moves between the drama of the bleak reality and the timelessness of the reality that-may-have-been, between expectation and action, between the existent and the non-existent; it explores the storage rooms and tries to discover works with a “dual foundation” (as Ani Vaseva puts it). The world of art is made up of many worlds – as, in fact, is life itself. Ani, Boryana and Monika mark a territory of their own over the decades and offer it to us as one of the many possible routes through time and space.
The exhibition features approximately one hundred works by artists from different eras and trends from the late 19th century to the present day, performed in various techniques - painting, graphics, sculpture, photography, video, object. Among the authors are Georgi Danchov, Ivan Mrkvicka, Andrey Nikolov, Tsanko Lavrenov, Pencho Balkanski, Veselin Staikov, Binka Vazova, Stefan Gatsev, Georgi Baev, Lika Yanko, Vassil Simittchiev, Stanislav Pamukchiev, Margarita Pueva, Edmond Demirdjian, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Ivan Moudov, Stefaniia Batoeva and others.
A catalog was published in Bulgarian and English.

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Ani Vaseva (born in Sofia in 1982) is a playwright and theatre director. Her productions include the radio play Sick (2010), A Dying Play (2010), Frankenstein (2012), The Alleater (2012) and Meteor (2013; all in Bulgarian). Co-founder of METHEOR.

Boryana Rossa (born in Sofia in 1972) is an interdisciplinary artist and curator who works in the fields of performance, film, photography and digital arts, as well as on her own curatorial projects. Together with Oleg Mavromatti, she co-founded the ULTRAFUTURO group in 2004. She teaches at the Department of Transmedia at Syracuse University, New York.

Monika Vakarelova (born in Sofia in 1987) is a doctoral student at Sofia University’s Department of History and Theory of Culture. Her research is in the field of cultural history of modernity, and her present interests are related to images and imageless events.







WATERCOLOR

19 March 2013 - 28 April 2013


Watercolor artworks have a prominent place of their own in the SCAG collection. Loved and perfected by many Bulgarian artists, the watercolor technique has a peculiar charm and ability to captivate. Watercolor artworks, whether they are spontaneous light sketches or artfully designed fully completed works, whether they are portraits, landscapes, compositions or artistic impressions, captivate the viewer with their spontaneity and poeticism.

Known from as early as antiquity, watercolor painting developed in China after the invention of paper, becoming popular around Europe significantly later. The precursor of the watercolor technique is painting on freshly applied plaster /fresco painting/, whose effect is similar to that of watercolor. Initially, watercolor was used in European painting as an ancillary technique for the preparation of sketches, drafts or quick drawings. It was as late as the 18th – 19th century that watercolor became an independent art form. Watercolor’s intrinsic lightness and exquisiteness, the rich potential for a variety of effects – from the artist barely touching the paper through to deep colorful layering, make it the technique of choice for many artists.

The SCAG exhibition features 80 watercolor artworks. Without claiming to present a thorough chronological timeline, the exhibition follows the development of the watercolor technique in Bulgarian art, starting from the late 19th century through to the late 20th century. Alongside the early notable works from the SCAG collection by Josef Oberbauer, Georgi Kanela or Yaroslav Veshin, the exhibition focuses on the most prominent Bulgarian watercolor masters – Nikola Marinov, Constantine Starkelov, Yordan Geshev, Dechko Uzunov, Vasil Stoilov, etc. Works by a number of artists such as Genko Genkov, Simeon Venov, Vasil Chakarov, Alexander Poplilov, Vasil Valev, Lyuben Zidarov, Thomas Kochev, Mihail Deyanov, Nenko Tokmakchiev, Zahari Kamenov, Nina Kovacheva, etc. provide an idea of the various approaches and styles adopted between the mid-20th and the late 20th century, revealing the rich expressive potential and poetic beauty of watercolor painting. 







Youlian Tabakov

14 March 2013 - 21 April 2013


Screenings: Tuesday-Saturday - 11.30 am and 3.30 pm; Sunday - 2 pm and 4 pm

TZVETANKA is a poetic film about the history of twentieth-century Bulgaria as seen through the eyes of Dr. Tzvetanka Gosheva and her incredible life story. 

Born into a wealthy family, Tzvetanka’s childhood dream was to become an actress, yet Bulgaria’s twentieth-century history causes her fate to radically change. What makes the twentieth century a unique period in Bulgaria’s history are the abrupt transitions from monarchy to communism and then to democracy. As one age is transformed into another, so are transformed the country and the people living in it. 

“Tzvetanka” is the story of my grandmother, who witnessed these three periods in Bulgaria’s history. Her life provides an insight into the life of our contemporaries, our society and our country.” Youlian Tabakov, film director and creator of the exhibition. 

The exhibition includes a presentation of the film “Tzvetanka“ (Youlian Tabakov, writer/ director, Adam Nilson, director of photography, Morten Nilsen, Martichka Bozhilova, producers), large format photographs and scenography-related material.




Youlian Tabakov is an internationally acclaimed young artist, having taken numerous specialization courses in Bulgaria and abroad. He has worked extensively with theater and film directors of high European caliber, all of whom contributed to the creation of the artwork’s visual concept, comprehensiveness and focus of perception. Drawing on his extensive experience as an artist, sculptor and scenographer, he got involved with leading film directors as a collaborator and conceptualist, also creating successful theater and film projects of his own. 







National Competition for painting, sculpture and graphics

12 March 2013 - 21 April 2013


The Allianz Bulgaria-supported National Painting, Graphic Arts, and Sculpture competition was launched in 2008 as a biennial event. There have been three competitions in the last five years, followed by a total of 21 exhibitions, featuring more than 3, 000 artworks, held in various cities.

The event aims to promote the creation of new artworks, as well as to follow the development of painting, sculpture, and graphic arts throughout the period 2008 – 2013. Some of the artworks were also exhibited abroad, namely in Munich, Prague, and Košice. 

Grand prize winners include Dimitar Cholakov, Angel Stanev, Veliko Marinchevski, Desislava Deneva, Emanuela Kovach, Nelly Hristova, Zhivka Marinova, Cyril Meskin and Ivan Ninov.

Competition catalogues were available at all three of the competitions held so far.

The SCAG-hosted exhibition presents fifty four award winners from the three competitions held so far. Artworks belong to Allianz Bulgaria.





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