Wednesday, 19 January 2022

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.

Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.

With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others.

The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.

Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.