IVAN NENOV (1902 - 1997) RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION - 110th Annuversary of Artist's Birth
25 April 2012 - 08 June 2012
This retrospective jubilee exhibition, hosted by the Sofia City Art Gallery, commemorates the 110th anniversary of Ivan Nenov’s birth. He was among the most avant-garde artists of the 1930’s, who earned a special place in the history of Bulgarian visual arts.
NADEZHDA KOUTEVA FROM SAMOTHRAKI TO SOFIA
17 April 2012 - 12 May 2012
Nadezhda Kouteva is an artist exceptionally consistent in her plastic pursuits. The structure of her paintings is characterized by a slight, anxious vibration as if an ethereal breeze is swaying the space and everything within it, blowing harder at times, tilting trees and people. Architecture plays an increasingly important role in her works perhaps because it quietens the gusts of wind so as not to blow the people away. Those people are restless – like embarrassed extras accidentally gotten into the shot, hastening to get out of it at the risk of being broken up by its end. When decked out in national costume, their demeanour changes and their frieze movement turns into ritual chain dance and chant sung from music on an invisible stave for which the picture space is often not sufficient – then Nadezhda Kuteva arranges them on the next line dividing the space in belts. As melody carriers they are impersonal, unrecognizable, rhythmic accents rather than a presence charged with meaning, even when caught in the foreground. The drawings in the exhibition reveal the attention with which architectural objects are composed, the main goal being the vibrating of the space between and within them. The significance of space in her most successful works is dominant, that is why the place preferred for still life is the window sill. When skies and sea waves are not sufficient, the reflections of the clouds passing by come to the aid.
COMMON HISTORY AND ITS PRIVATE STORIES (GESCHICHTE UND GESCHICHTEN) Curators: Iara Boubnova and Roland Fink
14 March 2012 - 15 April 2012
The exhibition “Common History and Its Private Stories. Geschichte und Geschichten” is an attempt to honour the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall not so much as the main event of recent European history but as an event with massive implications; an event, which triggered a succession of political events with global impacts that are defining our lives in the last 20 years.
Vaska Popova - Balareva /1902 1979/ 110th Anniversary of Her Birth
10 March 2012 - 06 April 2012
The exhibition commemorating the anniversary of the artist’s birth comprises part of the initiative of the Sofia City Art Gallery to show its visitors the work of Bulgarian artists, who went down in the history of Bulgarian art, yet remaining far from the “spotlight”.
ASSOCIATION OF NEW ARTISTS (1931-1944) 80th Anniversary of the Establishment
13 December 2011 - 04 March 2012
The “Association of New Artists. 80th Anniversary of the Establishment” exhibition is a part of a series of research projects developed by Sofia City Art Gallery in the recent years.
MIHALIS GARUDIS Painting
04 November 2011 - 27 November 2011
Within the tradition of Bulgarian art, the name of Mihalis Garudis has been associated with hyperrealism in painting.
KONTAKT COLLECTION Works from the Kontakt Art collection Curators Maria Vassileva, Walter Seidl
22 October 2011 - 27 November 2011
The exhibition presents a significant part of Vienna’s “Kontakt” collection, which aims to collect some of the most important works, created in Central, Eastern and South-Eastern Europe, as well as to draw parallels between the various conceptual artistic practices, having developed since the 1960’s.
NIKOLA PETROV 130TH BIRTH ANNIVERSARY
21 September 2011 - 30 October 2011
This year marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of Nikola Petrov - one of most remarkable and valuable talents, having contributed to the history of Bulgarian art with his innovative approach. Nikola Petrov’s paintings belong to the category of artworks that are still relevant in the present day, also looking ahead into the future. His extraordinary gift and skill, his short life and untimely death – he died when he was only 35 – turned him into a legend enveloped in mysticism. This mysticism stems from his remarkable life story. It is an intense, over-eventful story. Qualitative changes, having occurred within short time periods, are easy to spot in various artworks of his.
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