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Saturday 19 March 2022
14 March 2022 - 20 March 2022
August 2022
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.03.2022

VIVALDI’S STRAVAGANZA

Quarto Quartet
Soloist/s
Stefan Vrachev
Yavor Genov
Ensemble
Quarto Quartet
Program
Antonio Vivaldi - 12 concerts from the famous cycle of virtuoso concerts for violin "Stravaganza"
About the Event
Featuring:
Yavor Genov – Lute
Stefan Vrachev – Harpsichord
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
02.03.2022

CHATTERERS

Music by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
03.03.2022
National and Official Holidays
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
03.03.2022

I LOVE THE BULGARIAN MUSIC

12:00
Chamber Hall
About the Event
Concert of Students from the Music Schools & Students from the National Academy of Music.
The ticket is valid for the whole day.

I LOVE THE BULGARIAN MUSIC music marathon to be held on March 3 at Bulgaria Hall

This year, too, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the National Academy of Music Professor Pancho Vladigerov will delight the audience with the now traditional music marathon I Love the Bulgarian Music. Masterpieces by Alexander Tanev, Dobri Hristov, Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin, Parashkev Hadjiev, Vasil Kazandjiev, Vasko Abadjiev, Georgi Andreev and others will be performed on March 3 at the Bulgaria Concert Complex.
The music marathon will start at 12.00, when in Bulgaria Chamber Hall will be distinguished students from National School of Arts Panayot Pipkov, Pleven, National School of Music and Performing Arts Hristina Morfova, Stara Zagora, National School of Arts Professor Veselin Stoyanov, Ruse, National School of Music and Dance Art Dobrin Petkov, Plovdiv, National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov, Sofia and students from National Academy of Music Professor Pancho Vladigerov, Sofia.
From 19.00 the marathon will be joined by the National Philharmonic Choir with conductor Slavil Dimitrov and the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble with conductor Plamen Djurov. The concert in the big hall of the Bulgaria Concert Complex presents works by Marin Goleminov, Petko Staynov, Mihail Pekov and Pancho Vladigerov. The soloists are the violinists Yordan Dimitrov and Stoimen Peev.
You can find detailed information about the concerts, as well as the entire program of the marathon on the website of Bulgaria Hall - https://sofiaphilharmonic.com/en/
You can purchase tickets from Ticket Office of Bulgaria Hall and online on https://sofiaphilharmonic.com/en/
Ticket Office - 1 Aksakov Str., Sofia, phone: +359 2 987 76 56; +359 2 988 31 95
Music and Dance Events
03.03.2022

OFFICIAL CHANGE OF THE GUARD IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENCY BUILDING

In front of the Presidency

The ceremonial change of the guard in front of the Presidency marks the national and public holidays in Bulgaria. The official change of the guard takes place on the first Wednesday of every month at 12:00 o’clock.

Festivals
03.03.2022

CONCERT, DEDICATED TO THE NATIONAL HOLIDAY OF THE REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA

19:00
Bulgaria Concert Hall

I LOVE THE BULGARIAN MUSIC music marathon to be held on March 3 at Bulgaria Hall

This year, too, the Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra in partnership with the National Academy of Music Professor Pancho Vladigerov will delight the audience with the now traditional music marathon I Love the Bulgarian Music. Masterpieces by Alexander Tanev, Dobri Hristov, Georgi Zlatev-Cherkin, Parashkev Hadjiev, Vasil Kazandjiev, Vasko Abadjiev, Georgi Andreev and others will be performed on March 3 at the Bulgaria Concert Complex.
The music marathon will start at 12.00, when in Bulgaria Chamber Hall will be distinguished students from National School of Arts Panayot Pipkov, Pleven, National School of Music and Performing Arts Hristina Morfova, Stara Zagora, National School of Arts Professor Veselin Stoyanov, Ruse, National School of Music and Dance Art Dobrin Petkov, Plovdiv, National School of Music Lyubomir Pipkov, Sofia and students from National Academy of Music Professor Pancho Vladigerov, Sofia.
From 19.00 the marathon will be joined by the National Philharmonic Choir with conductor Slavil Dimitrov and the Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble with conductor Plamen Djurov. The concert in the big hall of the Bulgaria Concert Complex presents works by Marin Goleminov, Petko Staynov, Mihail Pekov and Pancho Vladigerov. The soloists are the violinists Yordan Dimitrov and Stoimen Peev.
You can find detailed information about the concerts, as well as the entire program of the marathon on the website of Bulgaria Hall - https://sofiaphilharmonic.com/en/
You can purchase tickets from Ticket Office of Bulgaria Hall and online on https://sofiaphilharmonic.com/en/
Ticket Office - 1 Aksakov Str., Sofia, phone: +359 2 987 76 56; +359 2 988 31 95
Music and Dance Events
04.03.2022 - 07.03.2022

11TH NATIONAL BACHATA SALSA CONGRESS BULGARIA

One of the biggest and most beloved dance event in Bulgaria - National Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Congress is back! For the first time, classes, shows and parties will be in our beautiful capital city of Sofia! You will have the opportunity to experience the talents of some of the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, folk dance choreographers, dancers and teachers! Be part of attractive and dynamic lessons, enjoy a glamorous show! The event is suitable for both amateurs and professionals!
Information about the program of the event can be found here and here.
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
04.03.2022

CHATTERERS

Music by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
04.03.2022 - 07.03.2022

11TH NATIONAL BACHATA SALSA CONGRESS BULGARIA

One of the biggest and most beloved dance event in Bulgaria - National Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Congress is back! For the first time, classes, shows and parties will be in our beautiful capital city of Sofia! You will have the opportunity to experience the talents of some of the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, folk dance choreographers, dancers and teachers! Be part of attractive and dynamic lessons, enjoy a glamorous show! The event is suitable for both amateurs and professionals!
Information about the program of the event can be found here and here.
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
05.03.2022

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – version adapted for children
Runnig time: 01:00
Main hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
05.03.2022
Music and Dance Events
05.03.2022

THE THREE PIGGIES

Musical by Alexandar Raichev
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
04.03.2022 - 07.03.2022

11TH NATIONAL BACHATA SALSA CONGRESS BULGARIA

One of the biggest and most beloved dance event in Bulgaria - National Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Congress is back! For the first time, classes, shows and parties will be in our beautiful capital city of Sofia! You will have the opportunity to experience the talents of some of the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, folk dance choreographers, dancers and teachers! Be part of attractive and dynamic lessons, enjoy a glamorous show! The event is suitable for both amateurs and professionals!
Information about the program of the event can be found here and here.
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
06.03.2022
Religious Holidays
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
06.03.2022
Music and Dance Events
06.03.2022

CHATTERERS

Music by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
06.03.2022

LYDIA BAICH & SASCHA GOETZEL

Conductor
Sascha Goetzel
Soloist/s
Lydia Baich
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D Major, Op.35
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No.1 in C minor, Op. 68
Music and Dance Events
04.03.2022 - 07.03.2022

11TH NATIONAL BACHATA SALSA CONGRESS BULGARIA

One of the biggest and most beloved dance event in Bulgaria - National Salsa-Bachata-Kizomba Congress is back! For the first time, classes, shows and parties will be in our beautiful capital city of Sofia! You will have the opportunity to experience the talents of some of the best Salsa, Bachata, Kizomba, folk dance choreographers, dancers and teachers! Be part of attractive and dynamic lessons, enjoy a glamorous show! The event is suitable for both amateurs and professionals!
Information about the program of the event can be found here and here.
Music and Dance Events
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
09.03.2022

LA TRAVIATA

Opera by Giuseppe Verdi
Duration 3:00 Intermission 2
Main hall
It is performed in Italian, with Bulgarian and English subtitles.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
10.03.2022

EMANUIL IVANOV&ALESSANDRO CRUDELE

Conductor
Alessandro Crudele
Soloist/s
Emanuil Ivanov
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Camille Saint-Saëns - Piano Concerto No.5 "The Egyptian" in F major, Op.103
Cesar Franck - Symphony in D Minor
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
11.03.2022

DON QUIXOTE

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Duration 2:30 Intermission 1
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
12.03.2022

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Musical fairy-tale by Alexander Vladigerov
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
12.03.2022

A STORY WITH DUCKS, MECHO AND LISA

Children's Opera by Georgi Kostov
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
12.03.2022

CARMINA BURANA

Ballet on music by Carl Orff
Duration - 1:30 No intermission Main hall 1 Performed in Latin
Music and Dance Events
12.03.2022

SONGS OF PUCCINI

Music without Borders
Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Denitsa Petrova
Ivaylo Mihaylov
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
13.03.2022

WINNIE THE POOH

Musical by Andrey Drenikov
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
13.03.2022

SHEGOBISHKO OF THE ISLAND OF MIRACLES

Musical Georgi Kostov
Duration: 60 minutes
Chamber hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
13.03.2022

DON QUIXOTE

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Duration 2:30 Intermission 1
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
15.03.2022

HUMORESQUES

Conductor
Slavil Dimitrov
Soloist/s
Ensemble
National Philharmonic Choir
About the Event
Songs without words, Songs to play games to, funny and humorous songs by Al. Tanev, A. Dvorak, I. Stravinsky, L. Anderson, M. Kolarov.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
17.03.2022

SVETLIN ROUSSEV

Conductor
Vahan Mardirossian
Soloist/s
Svetlin Roussev
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Alexander Scriabin - Symphony No.2
Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op.35
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Overture "Russian Easter", Op.36
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
23.02.2022 - 18.03.2022

INTIMATE WORLDS

Serdica Art Gallery presents Intimates Words. An Exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva.
The exhibition will run from February 23 till March 3, 2022.
Intimate Words is the fifth solo exhibition of Mihaela Zoeva. The exposition includes new and unprecedented works.
Serdica Art Gallery is located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, Women's Market, Sofia.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
18.03.2022

PETRUSHKA, THE FIREBIRD

Ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky
Duration: 2:00 Intermission 1
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
19.03.2022

FUNNY SONGS AND THE STORY OF BABAR THE ELEPHANT

Children's performance from François Poulenc / PREMIERE
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
19.03.2022

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – version adapted for children
Runnig time: 01:00
Main hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
19.03.2022

60 years Sofia Soloists Chamber Ensemble

Conductor
Plamen Djurov
Soloist/s
Milena Mollova
First Concert Slav Slavchev
Yavor Zhelev
Ensemble
Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra
Program
Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G minor, BWV 1048
Johann Sebastian Bach - Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.1 in D minor, BWV 1052
Arthur Honegger - Chamber Concerto for Flute, English Horn and Strings
Lazar Nikolov - Concerto for String Orchestra
Music and Dance Events
19.03.2022

MARCH MUSIC DAYS

Dohodno Zdanie (Profitable building), Rousse, Bulgaria
Program
Alexander Scriabin - Symphony No.2
Erich Wolfgang Korngold - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op.35
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov - Overture "Russian Easter", Op.36
Music and Dance Events
19.03.2022

NORMA

Opera by Vincenzo Bellini
Duration - 3:00
Main hall
It is performed in Italian, with Bulgarian and English subtitles.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
14.12.2021 - 20.03.2022

The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom

The Palace National Gallery presents The Time Has Come to Talk of Many Things…from the Art Collection Telekom. The exhibition will run from December 14, 2021 till March 20, 2022.
Displayed on two floors of the Palace, there are over 70 works by 37 artists from 21 countries, including Bulgaria, from one of the most iconic collections of contemporary art, that of Deutsche Telekom, launched in 2010 and focusing on the art of Eastern and Southeastern Europe. The exhibition at the National Gallery is the ninth major museum presentation of Art Collection Telekom since its creation. It is not the first time that Bulgarians see some of the artworks: the difference now is in the approach to the work, the selection, the catalogue publication.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of The Palace National Gallery.,br> The Palace National Gallery is located at 1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of The Palace National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
20.03.2022
Music and Dance Events
20.03.2022

PETRUSHKA, THE FIREBIRD

Ballets to music by Igor Stravinsky
Duration: 2:00 Intermission 1
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
20.03.2022

THE MOZART IN LOVE

CONCERT
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
21.03.2022

The Music of Ukraine

Benefit for the victims of the war in Bulgaria Concert Hall
Soloist/s
Daniel Tsotchev
Svetlin Hristov
Ensemble
End: 20:30 Ukraine Bella Voce
Philharmonica String Quartet
Vocal Ensemble “Slavyani”
About the Event
100% of the funds raised from tickets will be donated to the Bulgarian Red Cross for the benefit of war victims.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
22.03.2022

CHATTERERS

10:00
Music by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
22.03.2022

CHATTERERS

19:00
Music by Lazar Nikolov based on the novel of the same name by Ivan Vazov
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
22.03.2022

ITALY – LOVE FOREVER

“Impressia” Vocal Ensemble
Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Yanko Marinov
Ensemble
Impressia Vocal Ensemble
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
23.03.2022

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by P.I.Tchaikovsky
Duration 3:20
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
24.03.2022

GAUTIER CAPUÇON & NAYDEN TODOROV

Conductor
Nayden Todorov
Soloist/s
Gautier Capuçon
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
National Philharmonic Choir
Program
John Rutter - Magnificat
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme for Cello and Orchestra
Music and Dance Events
24.03.2022

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by P.I.Tchaikovsky
Duration 3:20
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
25.03.2022

SPRING CONCERT

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Daniela Rizova
Evgeniya Simeonova
Yurii Rizov
Program
Albert Wolfermann - Notturno
Eric Ewazen - Trio for Violin, Horn and Piano
Frederic Duvernoy - Trio №1 and Trio №2 for Violin, Horn and Piano
Lubomir Denev - Piece for Violin and Horn
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
26.03.2022
Music and Dance Events
26.03.2022

THE THREE PIGGIES

Musical by Alexandar Raichev
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
26.03.2022

I HATE MUSIC…BUT I LIKE TO SING

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Denitsa Petrova
Rusalina Mochukova
Svetla Todorova
About the Event
Songs from: Tchaikovsky, Strauss, Bernstein and others.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
27.03.2022

FORTISSIMO – THE SEASONS

Conductor
Pavel Zlatarov
Soloist/s
Bogdana Trifonova
Liya Petrova
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Music and Dance Events
27.03.2022

FUNNY SONGS AND THE STORY OF BABAR THE ELEPHANT

Children's performance from François Poulenc / PREMIERE
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
27.03.2022

WINNIE THE POOH

Musical by Andrey Drenikov
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
18.02.2022 - 08.05.2022

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

The National Archaeological Museum presents BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021. The exhibition will run from February 16 till September 18, 2022.
BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021 presents the discoveries and investigations from the last active archaeological season.
The artefacts illustrate the development of cultures in present day Bulgaria from the Palaeolithic (more than100 000 years BP) until the Middle Ages.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Archaeological Museum.
The National Archaeological Museum is located at 2 Saborna str, Sofia.
Image: FB of the National Archaeological Institute with Museum – BAS
Exhibitions
26.10.2021 - 31.05.2022

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition SIBYLLE BERGEMANN.
Photographs. An Exhibition by ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen).
The exhibition will run from March 1 till April 10, 2022.
The work of the German photographer Sibylle Bergemann (1941–2010) is to be presented for the first time in Bulgaria through a comprehensive exhibition whose highlights include black-and-white gelatin prints, colour photographs and Polaroid reproductions.
Bergemann focused on the development of series of photographs, as well as on covering specific topics over extended periods of time. She worked in the fields of fashion and portrait photography, contributing to the magazines Sibylle and Geo. She took to situational photography in Berlin in the late 1960’s. Later, she compiled photographic reportages about New York, Paris, Tokyo and São Paulo. She worked with a Polaroid instant camera for a long time, making predominantly black-and-white photographs until 1990. She is among the few photographers using colour film as a structural component of the image rather than as an illustrative one.
The Fading Memories Polaroid series covering the period 2000 – 2006 reveals abandoned places and spaces which remain mostly hidden from the viewer’s conscious perception. The shots are devoid of melancholic nostalgia for East Germany, consciously representing a bygone era. Another significant fragment of Bergemann’s work are the photographs she took in Africa and the Middle East over the period 1999 – 2004. Her photographs from Ghana, Senegal, Mali and Yemen capture everyday life in its entire ambivalence, as a cross between traditional culture and globalization.
The exhibition is accompanied by the mediator and educational program Viewing with Understanding: Sibylle Bergemann, organized by Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and the Art: Actions and Documents foundation.
The program features tours, child and parent workshops, senior citizen visits, and a lecture by Katerina Gadzheva about Bulgarian women photographers. „Sibylle Bergemann. Photographs“ is an exhibition of ifa (Institut für Auslandsbeziehungen) presented in cooperation with Goethe–Institut Bulgarien and in partnership with the Sofia City Art Gallery.
The visits to SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. PHOTOGRAPHS exhibition will be fully compliant with anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Image and text: Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

Kvadrat 500 National Gallery presents SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys.
The exhibition will run from February 10 till April 21, 2022.
In 2021, Germany and the world celebrated the centennial of the birth of Joseph Beuys. In Bulgaria, the question was: who is Joseph Beuys and what does he have to do with Bulgarian art?
The exhibition seeks the artistic expression of the sparks that ignited the need to rethink social reality, the search for new forms of creativity and freedom of spirit— both for Beuys and for Bulgarian artists. The exhibition goes beyond the traditionally designated temporary exhibition galleries in Kvadrat 500, ‘conquering’ new areas, including incursions into the permanent exposition. ‘Sparks of Imagination: on Frequencies of Beuys’ is a project of the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria in cooperation with the National Gallery in Sofia, and the Art Affairs and Documents Foundation.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: Kvadrat 500 National Gallery
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

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.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

The exhibition Worthy of Freedom is dedicated to thousands of Bulgarians who took part in the Russian-Turkish War and gave their lives for the Freedom of Bulgaria. 
Worthy of Freedom focuses on the role of the Bulgarian Voluntary Army units and their famous actions in the battles fought over Shipka, Stara Zagora and Sheynovo, during the war.
Worthy of Freedom will run in the National Military Museum.
The visits are carried out in the period March 4 - June 30, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
National Museum of Military History is located at 92 Cherkovna street, Sofia.
Working hours: Wednesday – Sunday: 10.00 am – 6.00 pm.
Tickets at the cash-desk of the museum.
Image: National Military Museum
Exhibitions
17.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art presents the exhibition YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International. (17.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art I slocated at 2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia 
Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book by the same name, edited by Yevgeniy Fiks and published by ArtsEverywhere and Publication Studio Guelph in 2020, which consists of words and phrases in local queer languages, including “Тематический” from Russia, “Beke” in the Philippines, “Polari” from the U.K. and “Pajuba” in Brazil.
In the iteration at Pushkin House in London, Fiks takes the Dictionary of the Queer International further and composes poems by mixing words and phrases from different local queer languages from around the world. Fiks’s queer internationalist poetry, presented as text on banners and designed by Katya Sivers, reimagines internationalism, evokes experiments in utopian language creation, and contributes to the queer critique of cultural imperialism and globalization.
The question of culture and language com es to the foreground more than ever at times of political uncertainty, as a form of cultural resistance to both hierarchical globalization and a nationalism of exclusion. In this current political and cultural situation, the Dictionary of the Queer International proposes a vision of international, intersectional, and non-hierarchical queer culture via the creation of an imaginary queer fusion-language.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
22.02.2022 - 29.05.2022

“A world gone mad...”

Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition “A world gone mad...” - 110 years since the declaration of the Balkan War and 140 years since the birth of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora.
The exhibition will run from February 22 till May 29, 2022. The story of the Balkan War is preserved thanks to archival and museum funds, documents, diaries, letters, photos, paintings, poems, books and periodicals, which recall the history and exploits of those generations of Bulgarians who sacrificed their lives in the name of national values, unity and a bright future. Many artists from different generations are either called upon or enlist as volunteers, inevitably linking not only their lives but their creative work with the Balkan War, as well as military art and the historical painting genre later on. Some of them are professors at the National Arts Academy or high school teachers, others have just completed their art degrees in Sofia and other European capitals, and the remainder are yet to pursue a degree.
Apart from paintings and graphics, sculptural works dedicated to the war can also be found. Young sculptors Ivan Lazarov, Angel Spasov, Anastas Dudulov and Yanko Pavlov are involved in the Balkan War, with Ivan Lazarov being the only one with a complete and consistent series of sculptures, namely They’ve Won, On a Knife Edge, At the Watering Hole, Superpowers and others. The National Museum of Military History’s funds have the richest collection of works by artists who participated in the wars. Some of Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov’s war-related works are stored at the Kyustendil Art Gallery. The National Art Gallery’s collection also houses some of the best examples of military art. Works related to the Balkan War, albeit fewer in numbers, including singles, can be found around collections of art galleries in the country – Varna, Plovdiv, Ruse, Stara Zagora, Sliven, Kazanlak, Kardzhali, the State Archives Agency, and some in private collections. The project comes to fruition in partnership with The National Museum of Military History and Kyustendil’s Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov Art Gallery. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalog and a collection of documentaries owned by the Bulgarian National Film Library, the Bulgarian National Television, as well as Venelin Shurelov’s multimedia project Vladimir “The Master” Dimitrov: Light and Spirit, realized in 2014 as commissioned by the 13 Centuries of Bulgaria Fund.
The visits to “The war! A world gone mad...” exhibition will be fully compliant with all current anti-epidemic measures.
Sofia City Art Gallery is located in Sofia, on 1, Gen. Gurko Str.
Text and image: official website of Sofia City Art Gallery
Exhibitions