dechev old walnut
Detail from Danail Dechev, The Old Walnut, 1959.

Sofia, Bulgaria — An exciting art exhibition titled “Bulgarian Painting from the First Half of the 20th Century Selected from Private Collections” opened 1 March at the Union of Bulgarian Artists Gallery in Sofia.  The exhibition includes 135 works by 50 artists from 24 collections.

Presented in honor of this year’s Bulgarian EU Presidency, the exhibition offers a nearly comprehensive look at the development of Bulgarian art during the early decades of the 20th century. The European angle of the exhibition is significant: Many Bulgarian artists studied and specialized at western European academies, and were active participants in the local art scene. The collection overall reflects the turbulent conditions of the era, capturing cross-currents in art ranging from academic nostalgia to the latest expressions of the European avant-garde.

The organizers have worked hard to pull together an exceptional selection of representative paintings by scouring collections far and wide. The result is an exhibition featuring important works by all major artists of the period. Many of the pieces are exceptional, if not well known. Some of them are being exhibited here for the first time. Artists represented include Danail Dechev, Ivan Markvichka, Zlatyu Boyadzhiev, Nikola Petrov, Nikola Tanev, Elena Karamihailova, Tseno Todorov, Stefan Ivanov, Elisaveta Konsulova-Vazova, Nikola Marinov, Boris Denev, Kiril Tsonev, Ivan Milev, and George Papazov.

The exhibition and catalog were curated by Galina Dekova. The project was managed by Svetlin Rusev.

Bulgarian Painting from the First Half of the 20th Century Selected from Private Collections was produced with financial support from the National Culture Fund of the Cultural Programme for Bulgaria’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union 2018.

Exhibition Details

The Exhibition is showing at the Union of Bulgarian Artists Gallery from 1 March to 1 April 2018.

Union of Bulgarian Artists Gallery
6 Shipka Street
Sofia 1504
(t) +359 2 944 41 41

Open daily 11:00-19:00

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