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Saturday 29 April 2023
24 April 2023 - 30 April 2023
June 2023
14.02.2023 - 14.05.2023

CHAPKANOV. THE ALCHEMIST

The National Gallery announces the opening of an exhibition on the Bulgarian sculptor Georgi Chapkanov, dedicated to his 80th birthday. More than 70 works are included – owned by the artist; the inventory of the National Gallery; the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo; the Sofia City Art Gallery; the art galleries in Burgas, Dobrich, Ruse, Silistra, Stara Zagora, Veliko Tarnovo, and Yambol; and privation collectors.
Through the medium of virtual reality, the artist’s most iconic project is presented in one of the halls – the monument dedicated to the city of Sofia. Situated on a 16-meter high column, the statue’s details and history are little known. The process of its creation, which continued for more than nine months in 2000, is presented with excerpts from the film by director Todor Chapkanov, shown here for the first time.
The exhibition, retrospective in character, places Chapkanov’s at first glance earthly works within the context of an unearthly, metaphysical world, one in which the celestial has its own clearly demarcated structure. This is the path that every human soul is destined to take – from limbo/purgatory to hell and heaven. This Cosmos, a spiritual world of transformation and becoming, is held by an all-powerful deity endowed with a feminine essence and form – the “heavenly wisdom” Sophia.
The project has been made possible through the financial support of the Events Program of the Sofia Municipality and with the kind cooperation of UniCredit Bulbank. Curators of the exhibition are Ivo Milev and Milko Dobrev.
Exhibitions
20.02.2023 - 31.12.2023

THE APOSTLE’S CONFESSION

Multimedia exposition dedicated to 150 years since the death of the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski.
Using holographic technology on a large-scale video wall, a re-enactment of the trial of the Apostle of Freedom is displayed, and significant moments of his life are brought back to life. Veselin Plachkov portrays Vasil Levski. Actors Ivan Trenev, Lyubov Pavlova, Rumen Ivanov, Alexander Georgiev, Biser Marinov and Nikola Dodov are also participants. Nelly Dimitrova is the screenwriter; Dimitar Gochev, the director; Simeon Parashkevov and Dimitar Gochev, cinematographers; Atanas Gendov, composer; Pirina Veselinova, Evgeni Gospodinov and the Svetoglas Quartet, musical performers; sensor studio, animation and mapping; Hristo Karagyozov, audio mixing and post-production; Ivo Milev, creative producer; and Tsvetoslav Borisov, executive producer.
The National Gallery and the Vasil Levski All-Bulgarian Committee created the exposition, with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and donations by the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation, Kaufland Bulgaria EOOD, Aurubis Bulgaria JSC, Vazovski Machinery Works JSC – Sopot, and patriotic Bulgarians.
Kvadrat 500, entrance at 95, Vasil Levski Blvd., Sofia
Opening hours:
Tuesday–Sunday, 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.
The screenings are 30 minutes away, starting at 10 am
Bookings for groups of up to 20 people: +359 879 834 025
FREE ADMISSION
Exhibitions
17.03.2023 - 30.04.2023

3CODESIGN – 3R: Reduce, Recycle, Reuse

The Embassy of Italy in Sofia, the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Trade Agency jointly present, with the National Gallery, the travelling exhibition of sustainable Italian design focused on the recycling and reuse of resources.
The initiative is part of the 2023 Italian Design Day—a series of events organised by Italy’s diplomatic corps around the world. The event aims to achieve a widespread resonance beyond the country’s borders through presenting the artistic and cultural heritage of Italy, the result of the fine and harmonious fusion of history, culture, art and craftsmanship of the highest level. The theme chosen this year is: ‘The quality that illuminates. The energy of design for people and the environment.’
The exhibition is a symbolic expression of the Italian genius:
bearer of intuition, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experimentation, love of the beautiful and deft craft proficiency. It introduces us to the new worldwide trends in Italian design, showcasing them at the International Furniture Salon in Milan.
The exposition provides a synthetic but fully representative overview of the new paradigm of Italian design with its growing focus on environmental sustainability. The objects, products and accessories on display are either recycled materials or the result of the application of sustainable technologies. The projects are created by Italian designers, while the production is entirely the work of Italian companies.
The exhibition, whose graphic design is the work of Arch. Bruno Morello, has been shown in Prague, Doha, Shenzen, Dubai, Hong Kong, Washington, Toronto, Tunis, Pristina, Tallinn, Helsinki, Tripoli, Benghazi and Bucharest.
Exhibitions
29.04.2023

THE LOST PRINCESS

A concert with songs from the musicals "Anastasia" and "The Sound of Music"
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
29.04.2023

THE DAY OF FORGIVENESS

musical by Dimitar Kostantsaliev
Duration - 1:15
Chamber hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
29.04.2023

GISELLE

Ballet by Adolphe Adam
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Main Hall
Music and Dance Events
29.04.2023

LA DONNA E MOBILE

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Ensemble
Bella Voce
About the Event
The year is 1949. Five women and two men meet at a lonely train station, somewhere in Europe. The war is over, leaving lasting traces in each of them. Within the limited space of the waiting room, seven fates collide and come to life thanks to the music. About loneliness, art, love and the ability of women to overcome any challenge of fate. The talented singers, part of the vocal ensemble Bella Voce, will partner with the pianist-virtuoso Stefan Vrachev and guest-soloist Bogomil Spirov. The original idea for “La Donna e Mobile” came from singer Milena Gurova.
You will hear music almost entirely created in the twentieth century, with the exception of two instrumental pieces, which we keep secret for the time being. The program includes compositions by M.Ravel, C. Porter, G.C. Menotti, M. de Falla, L.Bernstein, C. Debussy, B. Britten, E.W. Korngold, R.Hahn etc.
Music and Dance Events