This month Sofia City Art Gallery opens a new exhibition of Bulgarian Art Collection, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of Sofia City Art Gallery as an independent institution:
September 12, 2012 – March 3, 2013
opening on September 12, Wednesday, 18:00
Under the patronage of Mrs. Yordanka Fandakova, Mayor of Sofia
This project aims to present visually and theoretically Bulgarian art from the late 19th Century until today. Visually – through the artifacts owned by the Gallery. Theoretically – through a study that analyzes the artistic processes. The design of the study is set in six periods, each of which has five sub-themes. Well-known Bulgarian artists are invited to offer their analysis of the collection. The separate periods form the story, examined from a contemporary perspective. Each period and its sub-themes reflect the most important aspects of their time. The purpose is to clearly highlight the main trends and tendencies and therefore the exhibition and its catalog offer a strong educational element.
The study is based on the collection of the museum, which is large and in depth enough to allow such a broad study of Bulgarian art history. It has been collected for more than 80 years. Its development began as a collection of pictures, today it has over 8,000 works – paintings, sculpture, prints, contemporary art and photography. In its construction it is linked to the overall development of the new Bulgarian art, which since the Liberation of Bulgaria from Ottoman domination in 1878 has experienced dynamic times of varied and intensive processes of creating, institutionalization and recognition. These have been times of changes and revaluations of different artistic and political leanings – striving for integration into European culture and building traditions to create social and public significance.
In the Gallery’s collection, as it contains different and unique, unknown and symbolic works and names of high value for the development of the Bulgarian Art. This new project for the art collection of Sofia City Art Gallery has the purpose not only to fill the already numerous artistic researches and publications revealing the splendidness, richness and importance of its work. This exhibition offers chronological as well as stylistic and thematic comparisons, which often cross the views of various artists, companies and art trends.