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Wednesday 05 July 2023
03 July 2023 - 09 July 2023
September 2023
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
Exhibitions
01.07.2023
Religious Holidays
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
01.07.2023

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – version adapted for children
Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
02.07.2023

CONCERT FOR BABIES

Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
03.07.2023

SOFIA PHILHARMONIC VISITS “VARNA SUMMER” MUSIC FEST

Festival and Congress Centre
Conductor
Stephan Frucht
Soloist/s
Wenzel Fuchs
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - The Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave, Op. 26
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concert for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Dur, K.622
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92
Music and Dance Events
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023

KEVIN SPAGNOLO & STEPHAN FRUCHT

Conductor
Stephan Frucht
Soloist/s
Kevin Spagnolo
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - The Hebrides Overture, Fingal's Cave, Op. 26
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Concert for Clarinet and Orchestra in A Dur, K.622
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
07.07.2023

THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS

Musical by Alexander Vladigerov
50 minutes and no intermission
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
08.07.2023

CONCERT FOR BABIES

Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
08.07.2023

DAS RHEINGOLD

Opera by Richard Wagner / Der Ring des Nibelungen
Duration: 2:35 No intermission
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
09.07.2023

THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS

Musical by Alexander Vladigerov
50 minutes and no intermission
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
09.07.2023

DIE WALKÜRE

Opera by Richard Wagner / Der Ring des Nibelungen
Duration 5:00 Intermission 2
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
11.07.2023

SIEGFRIED

Duration 5:15 Intermission 2
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
12.07.2023

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
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
13.07.2023

GÖTTERDÄMMERUNG

Opera by Richard Wagner / Der Ring des Nibelungen
Duration 6:00 Intermission 2
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
14.07.2023

The lost princess

A concert with songs from the musicals "Anastasia" and "The Sound of Music"
Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
14.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
15.07.2023

THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS

Musical by Alexander Vladigerov
50 minutes and no intermission
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
15.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
30.05.2023 - 16.07.2023

NEEDLES IN A HAYSTACK

The Palace
Artists: Boryana Petkova & Iskra Blagoeva, Boryana Rossa, Katya Dimova, Krasimira Butseva, Monika Popova, nada ree, Natalia Jordanova, Neda Milanova, Oksana Kazmina, Rayna Teneva, Sophia Grancharova, Zelikha Shoja.
Curator: Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva
Design: Viktoriya Staykova
The exhibition presents the results from the BFW’s open call for the Fund for art projects by women artists in 2022. The female authors and their concepts were chosen among over 200 candidates in the competition. The expert jury consists of the curators Svetlana Kuyumdzhieva, Daniela Radeva, Stefka Tsaneva, Margarita Dorovska, as well as Gergana Kutseva, Dobromira Terpesheva, and Rosena Ivanova from the BFW team. Invited to respond to the state of emergency, challenges, and urgency in this day and age, the women artists react with varied intensity, character, style, and a great amount of sincerity. Contrasts and similarities between them, in the choice of media, their candor, turning towards their inner selves, and sharing personal stories, experiences, and memories all create a common environment of empathy and reciprocation. What inevitably connects them is exposing stereotypes about women’s social role and position. They are also connected by the needle as a tool chosen by most of them, but also as a byword for that patriarchal image of the woman holding her needlework. An image rooted in the consciousness of generations on end, which all these women defy.
The story of the needle resembles a woman’s story, as confirmed by many feminist theorists. However, it does not follow a specific linearity, but is ambiguous and controversial, simultaneously a story about isolation, reassurance, and seclusion, but also about interacting with the world and opposition. The needle is the symbol of the skill passed on in the family, over generations, from grandmothers and mothers, knowing what it is to be a woman, the natural attraction towards the warmth of the fabric, and intimate interaction. The process of embroidery and sewing is story-telling. It encompasses the whole patience for bringing the threads together and passing on memories and messages. The needle as a means to create and to mend, as one of the symbols of coziness, of childhood memories, is fragile, but sharp.
The project of the Fund for Artistic Projects by Women was made possible thanks to the trust and financial support of Veronika Puncheva, Lachezar Tsotzorkov Foundation, Legrand, Ubisoft, ALD Automative, as well as with the logistical support of the Institute for Contemporary Art – Sofia and Credo Bonum Gallery. The opening event is hosted by Freixenet.
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
16.07.2023

CONCERT FOR BABIES

Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
16.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.06.2023 - 20.07.2023

SOFIA’S LABYRINTH by Hiro Kamigaki and IC4DESIGN, creators of the Pierre Detective series

Kvadrat 500
‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is the new story of Hiro Kamigaki, creator of the “Detective Pierre” book series, beloved by many children and their parents in our country. In this project, children of different ages will build their own routes and immerse themselves in the cultural traditions of Bulgaria, combined with the images of superheroes, kukeri and rose pickers, will track their movement through the streets of the capital, find the clues and solve the additional mysterious challenges on the road. The routes are woven into the drawings so detailed and colorful that they turn each maze into a work of art! The magical worlds that Hiro Kamigaki creates easily reach children’s imaginations through the illustrated complex mazes with mysterious paths, futuristic cities, hot air balloons, treasures, animals, ninjas, fantasy characters, haunted houses. Each illustration is actually a diagram in which you have to find your way from start to finish. And as if that’s not fun enough, like real detectives you have to find hidden objects, train your observation, answer questions, help others, practice your English.
The typical approach of Hiro Kamigaki’s to building each new world involves meticulous site research, gathering information from photographic material, satellite maps, urban plans, typology of local customs and cultural features.
Kamigaki creates a utopian world in his mind unencumbered by direct contact with the respective city, he does not initially visit the place he is about to paint in order to allow his imagination to construct a new magical situation. The artist painted the colorful labyrinth of Sofia in 2021, and after visiting the capital in the summer of 2022, IC4DESIGN created the black and white map of the city, a much more accurate and detailed version, in which verbal messages are woven.
The ‘Sofia’s Labyrinth’ is realized with the partnership and financial support of EUROSPEED. During the exhibition, the National Gallery organizes educational programs for children, which you can follow on its Facebook page and Instagram profile.
Exhibitions
20.07.2023
Religious Holidays
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
20.07.2023

OPERATIC MASTERPIECES

Conductor
Nayden Todorov
Soloist/s
Besa Llugiqi
Mihail Mihaylov
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Georg Friedrich Händel - Music for Royal Fireworks
Georg Friedrich Händel - Water Music
Music and Dance Events
20.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
21.07.2023

THE THREE PIGGIES

Musical by Alexandar Raichev
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
21.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
21.07.2023

THE SENSATIONAL LUCIENNE RENAUDIN VARY

Lake Stage, RIU Pravets Resort, Pravets, Bulgaria
Conductor
Nayden Todorov
Soloist/s
Lucienne Renaudin Vary
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart - Overture from Opera "The Marriage of Figaro"
Joseph Haydn - Concerto for Trumpet and Orchestra in E flat major
Ludwig van Beethoven - Symphony No.7 in A Major, Op.92
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
Exhibitions
22.07.2023
Religious Holidays
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
22.07.2023

WINNIE THE POOH

Musical by Andrey Drenikov
Military academy - small hall
Music and Dance Events
22.07.2023

MUSIC & FIREWORKS

Lake Stage, RIU Pravets Resort, Pravets, Bulgaria
Conductor
Nayden Todorov
Soloist/s
Besa Llugiqi
Mihail Mihaylov
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Georg Friedrich Händel - Music for Royal Fireworks
Georg Friedrich Händel - Water Music
Music and Dance Events
22.07.2023

SWAN LAKE

Ballet by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Duration 2:00 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
23.07.2023

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Musical fairy-tale by Alexander Vladigerov
Military academy - small hall
It is performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
23.07.2023

TRISTAN UND ISOLDE

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 5:00 Intermission 2
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
25.07.2023

PARSIFAL

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 5:30 Intermission 2
Main Hall
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
27.07.2023 - 01.10.2023

EMILIA NIKOLOVA-BAYER - THE ART OF SYNTHESIS

Emilia Nikolova-Bayer’s oeuvre presented in the current exhibition brings to our attention the under-researched synthesis of the monumental arts and architecture in Bulgaria in the period between 1956 and 1989. The decorative reliefs the artist sculpted for two iconic theatres − Sofia Theatre in the Bulgarian capital (1973 – 75) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin (1982 – 84) − are featured. The exhibition seeks to cast a critical eye over the general perception of the female creator in Bulgaria during the second half of the twentieth century − as avant-garde, strong, and brave; it gives us the opportunity to delve for the first time into the colourful world of the artist, to become acquainted with her new visual language for that time, and to appreciate a novel experience of the public architectural space.
The stone reliefs of the Sofia Theatre and the concrete reliefs of the Friedrichstadt-Palast form elements playing a lively rhythm in the architectural ensemble. With her use of bas-relief in harmony with the proportions of the façade, Emilia Nikolova-Bayer has left her original mark on contemporary architecture.
Photographs from Emilia and Rainer Bayer’s personal archive are on display, ranging from decorative reliefs, ceramic panels, stone inscriptions and drawings to sculptures of various sizes in a range of materials. Current photographs of some of the sites, by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning Berlin and the artist Kalin Serapionov, are included.
Awards and honours
1958 Distinction for best work of art at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna.
1984 Award at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
1984 Sts Cyril and Methodius Bronze Medal.
Artworks by Emilia Nikolova-Bayer are to be found in the collections of the National Gallery, the Yambol Art Gallery, and the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.
Her works are also owned by private collections in New York, Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hanover, Berlin, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Munich, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia; and museums and collections in Berlin, Poland, and Faenza (Italy).
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
27.07.2023 - 01.10.2023

EMILIA NIKOLOVA-BAYER - THE ART OF SYNTHESIS

Emilia Nikolova-Bayer’s oeuvre presented in the current exhibition brings to our attention the under-researched synthesis of the monumental arts and architecture in Bulgaria in the period between 1956 and 1989. The decorative reliefs the artist sculpted for two iconic theatres − Sofia Theatre in the Bulgarian capital (1973 – 75) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin (1982 – 84) − are featured. The exhibition seeks to cast a critical eye over the general perception of the female creator in Bulgaria during the second half of the twentieth century − as avant-garde, strong, and brave; it gives us the opportunity to delve for the first time into the colourful world of the artist, to become acquainted with her new visual language for that time, and to appreciate a novel experience of the public architectural space.
The stone reliefs of the Sofia Theatre and the concrete reliefs of the Friedrichstadt-Palast form elements playing a lively rhythm in the architectural ensemble. With her use of bas-relief in harmony with the proportions of the façade, Emilia Nikolova-Bayer has left her original mark on contemporary architecture.
Photographs from Emilia and Rainer Bayer’s personal archive are on display, ranging from decorative reliefs, ceramic panels, stone inscriptions and drawings to sculptures of various sizes in a range of materials. Current photographs of some of the sites, by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning Berlin and the artist Kalin Serapionov, are included.
Awards and honours
1958 Distinction for best work of art at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna.
1984 Award at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
1984 Sts Cyril and Methodius Bronze Medal.
Artworks by Emilia Nikolova-Bayer are to be found in the collections of the National Gallery, the Yambol Art Gallery, and the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.
Her works are also owned by private collections in New York, Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hanover, Berlin, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Munich, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia; and museums and collections in Berlin, Poland, and Faenza (Italy).
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
28.07.2023

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Musical fairy-tale by Alexander Vladigerov
Military academy - small hall
It is performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
27.07.2023 - 01.10.2023

EMILIA NIKOLOVA-BAYER - THE ART OF SYNTHESIS

Emilia Nikolova-Bayer’s oeuvre presented in the current exhibition brings to our attention the under-researched synthesis of the monumental arts and architecture in Bulgaria in the period between 1956 and 1989. The decorative reliefs the artist sculpted for two iconic theatres − Sofia Theatre in the Bulgarian capital (1973 – 75) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin (1982 – 84) − are featured. The exhibition seeks to cast a critical eye over the general perception of the female creator in Bulgaria during the second half of the twentieth century − as avant-garde, strong, and brave; it gives us the opportunity to delve for the first time into the colourful world of the artist, to become acquainted with her new visual language for that time, and to appreciate a novel experience of the public architectural space.
The stone reliefs of the Sofia Theatre and the concrete reliefs of the Friedrichstadt-Palast form elements playing a lively rhythm in the architectural ensemble. With her use of bas-relief in harmony with the proportions of the façade, Emilia Nikolova-Bayer has left her original mark on contemporary architecture.
Photographs from Emilia and Rainer Bayer’s personal archive are on display, ranging from decorative reliefs, ceramic panels, stone inscriptions and drawings to sculptures of various sizes in a range of materials. Current photographs of some of the sites, by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning Berlin and the artist Kalin Serapionov, are included.
Awards and honours
1958 Distinction for best work of art at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna.
1984 Award at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
1984 Sts Cyril and Methodius Bronze Medal.
Artworks by Emilia Nikolova-Bayer are to be found in the collections of the National Gallery, the Yambol Art Gallery, and the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.
Her works are also owned by private collections in New York, Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hanover, Berlin, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Munich, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia; and museums and collections in Berlin, Poland, and Faenza (Italy).
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
29.07.2023

SHEGOBISHKO OF THE ISLAND OF MIRACLES

Musical Georgi Kostov
Duration: 60 minutes
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
29.07.2023

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 2:40 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
27.07.2023 - 01.10.2023

EMILIA NIKOLOVA-BAYER - THE ART OF SYNTHESIS

Emilia Nikolova-Bayer’s oeuvre presented in the current exhibition brings to our attention the under-researched synthesis of the monumental arts and architecture in Bulgaria in the period between 1956 and 1989. The decorative reliefs the artist sculpted for two iconic theatres − Sofia Theatre in the Bulgarian capital (1973 – 75) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin (1982 – 84) − are featured. The exhibition seeks to cast a critical eye over the general perception of the female creator in Bulgaria during the second half of the twentieth century − as avant-garde, strong, and brave; it gives us the opportunity to delve for the first time into the colourful world of the artist, to become acquainted with her new visual language for that time, and to appreciate a novel experience of the public architectural space.
The stone reliefs of the Sofia Theatre and the concrete reliefs of the Friedrichstadt-Palast form elements playing a lively rhythm in the architectural ensemble. With her use of bas-relief in harmony with the proportions of the façade, Emilia Nikolova-Bayer has left her original mark on contemporary architecture.
Photographs from Emilia and Rainer Bayer’s personal archive are on display, ranging from decorative reliefs, ceramic panels, stone inscriptions and drawings to sculptures of various sizes in a range of materials. Current photographs of some of the sites, by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning Berlin and the artist Kalin Serapionov, are included.
Awards and honours
1958 Distinction for best work of art at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna.
1984 Award at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
1984 Sts Cyril and Methodius Bronze Medal.
Artworks by Emilia Nikolova-Bayer are to be found in the collections of the National Gallery, the Yambol Art Gallery, and the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.
Her works are also owned by private collections in New York, Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hanover, Berlin, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Munich, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia; and museums and collections in Berlin, Poland, and Faenza (Italy).
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions
30.07.2023

THE WOLF AND THE SEVEN LITTLE KIDS

Musical by Alexander Vladigerov
50 minutes and no intermission
Military academy - small hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
30.07.2023

DER FLIEGENDE HOLLÄNDER

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 2:40 Intermission 1
Pancharevo Lake / next to Sredets National Rowing Base
Performed in German, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
18.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

20 YEARS OF ASSOCIATION OF CONSERVATOR- RESTORERS IN BULGARIA

The Palace Protecting cultural heritage, and sometimes saving it, is the main task of restorers. Their work – conservation, and restoration of individual objects and entire complexes – results from studies, analyses, and extensive knowledge in chemistry, physics, art history, theology, general history, and many other fields.
Professional education for restorers in our country goes back fifty years, and in 2003 the Association of Conservator-Restorers in Bulgaria (ACRB) was established – a professional association of certified restorers – scientists and specialists with experience and contribution to preserving cultural heritage. Today, the association includes some of the best restorers of paintings and icons, frescoes, mosaics, decorative wall panels, works on paper, books, and photographs, along with cultural heritage objects made of wood, ceramics, stone, metal, and textile.
The exhibition in the National Gallery introduces photographic details of the work of the members of ACRB on objects such as the Madara Rider rock relief, the facade frescoes of the Hrelyo’s Tower in the Rila Monastery, the frescoes in the Boyana Church, the mosaics from the Episcopal Basilica of Philippopolis, icons from the Church of St Stefan in Nessebar, manuscripts from the collection of the Center for Slavic-Byzantine Studies “Prof. Ivan Duychev,” paintings from the National Gallery, photographs from the collection of the National History Museum, the original banner of the Stara Zagora Uprising of 1875.
The format that familiarizes the activities of the ACRB members is documental wallboards that participate in the Restoration Forum. Since 2006 it has been one of the major annual events in the life of Bulgarian restorers, during which results, plans, and projects are shared. Subsequently, the Forum has included sessions with reports expanding into national conferences. These are held in Sofia and in partnership with the city art galleries and regional history museums in Pleven, Blagoevgrad, Samokov, Kyustendil, and Plovdiv. The present exhibition includes presentations from various editions of the Forum.
The Association of Restorers in Bulgaria aims to constantly raise the level of conservation and restoration following generally accepted European standards, validation and recognition of the restorer’s legal status, and, of course, strives to present and popularize this profession. In pursuit of these goals, in 2009, ACRB became a full member of the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations (E.C.C.O.). The archival materials in the exhibition are testimony to the twenty-year history of ACRB, guided by the understanding that cultural heritage is a public resource with an essential role in our national identity, with its preservation inextricably linked to the application of modern professional principles and standards.
Exhibitions
06.07.2023 - 27.08.2023

BODILY MIND: MAGDALÉNA RAZTOČILOVÀ AND LYUBEN PETROV

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires. A path reminiscent of a leap over chaos in pursuit of spiritual organisation and purification. The exhibition’s title comes from the book, ‘Images of Philosophy and Bodily Mind’, by the contemporary Czech artist Aleš Zapletal (AVU Publishing House, Prague, 2022). The artworks of Magdaléna Roztočilová and Lyuben Petrov, unified by expressions of fire, relate above all to the vibration of the states and sensations the artists depict. They differ on a compositional level, but are as if tightly bound by an invisible nerve fibre, capturing the resonance recreated between them, despite their individual means of expression and creative energies.
The concave and convex flame-like sections in Magdaléna Roztočilová’s sculptures are manifestations of a spiritual substance, with direct reference to the Holy Spirit. The forms give off a vital radiance emanating from a powerful inner source and express the presence and influence of the Divine Spirit upon human existence. According to the artist, the flames are a symbol of the transformation of the soul, of changes in its emotional, mental, and psychological aspects, leading to deep insight, self-realisation, enlightenment, and an elevated level of consciousness. This metamorphosis is associated with self-exploration, pardon, self-acceptance, release from negative thought patterns, behaviour in accordance with higher values and accumulated knowledge.
The individual journey is dictated by various experiences—meditation, teachings and spiritual practices, and personal growth.
The inspiration for the sculptures was the heroic life story of Milada Horáková (1901–1950), a Czech politician, lawyer, and social activist, against whom, along with members of the opposition circle supporting her, the Czechoslovak Communist Party conducted a show trial.
The connection between the works of the two artists also reveals itself in their powerful shared idea—the contemplation of love. ‘Fire, Follow Me’, a series of paintings by Lyuben Petrov, represents a search for balance through a consciousness of purification. A symbol of this quest is fire, which also serves as a metaphor for love. The personages he depicts are in absolute symbiosis but can be mistaken for pain or sorrow. The artist enjoys the tension he creates, which is further enhanced by the sharp chromatic contrast and his working of the texture and plasticity of the paint. The figures engulfed in flames recreate the depth of emotion and the heat of the moment of ‘their day’, while the world around them stays intact, like the landscape, unaffected by their inner experience.
The exhibition is realised in partnership with the Czech Centre in Sofia.
Exhibitions
27.07.2023 - 01.10.2023

EMILIA NIKOLOVA-BAYER - THE ART OF SYNTHESIS

Emilia Nikolova-Bayer’s oeuvre presented in the current exhibition brings to our attention the under-researched synthesis of the monumental arts and architecture in Bulgaria in the period between 1956 and 1989. The decorative reliefs the artist sculpted for two iconic theatres − Sofia Theatre in the Bulgarian capital (1973 – 75) and the Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin (1982 – 84) − are featured. The exhibition seeks to cast a critical eye over the general perception of the female creator in Bulgaria during the second half of the twentieth century − as avant-garde, strong, and brave; it gives us the opportunity to delve for the first time into the colourful world of the artist, to become acquainted with her new visual language for that time, and to appreciate a novel experience of the public architectural space.
The stone reliefs of the Sofia Theatre and the concrete reliefs of the Friedrichstadt-Palast form elements playing a lively rhythm in the architectural ensemble. With her use of bas-relief in harmony with the proportions of the façade, Emilia Nikolova-Bayer has left her original mark on contemporary architecture.
Photographs from Emilia and Rainer Bayer’s personal archive are on display, ranging from decorative reliefs, ceramic panels, stone inscriptions and drawings to sculptures of various sizes in a range of materials. Current photographs of some of the sites, by the Federal Office for Building and Regional Planning Berlin and the artist Kalin Serapionov, are included.
Awards and honours
1958 Distinction for best work of art at the International Art Exhibition in Vienna.
1984 Award at the International Biennale of Contemporary Ceramics in Faenza, Italy.
1984 Sts Cyril and Methodius Bronze Medal.
Artworks by Emilia Nikolova-Bayer are to be found in the collections of the National Gallery, the Yambol Art Gallery, and the Museum of Humour and Satire in Gabrovo.
Her works are also owned by private collections in New York, Boston, Seattle, Paris, Hanover, Berlin, Leipzig, Wiesbaden, Munich, Moscow, Warsaw, Sofia; and museums and collections in Berlin, Poland, and Faenza (Italy).
Exhibitions
30.06.2023 - 31.05.2024

Mihaela Mihailova – MISHA MAR PORTRAIT OF THE MOON IN BLACK

Kvadrat 500
The fourth edition of ‘The Wall’, the National Gallery’s project launched in 2020, welcomes artist Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar to the Kvadrat 500 Atrium. At one of the areas designated for contemporary art and located at the heart of Kvadrat 500—home of the National Gallery’s permanent exhibition—there rises a monumental structure titled ‘The Wall’. The idea of creating this facility was largely prompted by the need to present mural and graffiti artists in the gallery. After showing the works of Nikolay Petrov GLOW (2020), Alexi Ivanov (2021) and BILOS (2022), the project now introduces Mihaela Mihaylova – Misha Mar. She presents ‘Portrait of the Moon in Black’, a composition representing the eight phases of the Moon in black and white, painted over more than a month. As a true selenophile, Mihaela examines the theme in detail and conceives a particular affection for the subject of her studies—marks visible on the surface of the exquisite portrait she creates.
‘My Moon,
‘My faithful friend in the night, this is a love letter to You, painted with the calligraphy of my soul on Your surface. All the words I never told You, fixed upon the layers of our unspoken secrets that glow with the reflected light of the burning desire of the day.
‘This is for You…’
Misha Mar
The eight faces of the Moon—the full moon cycle—‘rises’ on ‘The Wall’ in the Sculpture Garden of Kvadrat 500, to the accompaniment of MUSICAL STATUES. Guests will be able to enjoy special summer cocktails with MALFY GIN.
The project is made possible through the support of the Lachezar Tsotsorkov Foundation.
About the artist In 2008, Mihaela Mihaylova graduated in Iconography from the Tsanko Lavrenov National Secondary School in Plovdiv. Later, she was awarded a Bachelor’s Degree in Painting and, in 2014, she graduated from the Photography Master’s Programme at the National Academy of Arts. The artist has held several solo exhibitions and been included in many group exhibitions. In 2023, she presented to the public her first photo book, ‘MAR’, with black-and-white photographs depicting the parallel worlds ‘between the mountain and the sea, between birds and firebugs.’
Exhibitions
09.05.2023 - 20.08.2023

NINA RUSEVA: ATLANTIS

The ‘Atlantis’ exhibition is an adventure of the senses, an open door to the notion of reality and the past, a bold and dreamy inducement to encounter the unknown or the non-existent, even if only in one pictorial world.
Nina Ruseva created most of these paintings specifically for the occasion. The extreme, exciting emotional experience physically separates us from the reality surrounding us and conveys us to distant worlds. Peru, the Antarctic, Perperikon, or the lost lands of Atlantis—all unfold before the eyes of the viewer, refracted through the personal emotion and sensibility of the artist, through the rich imagination and curiosity towards the unknown that she materialises in her painting.
Nina Ruseva’s landscapes occupy the boundary between abstraction and reality—effulgent and temperamental, creating a sense of dynamism and, at the same time, bringing tranquillity to a desolate space dominated by natural forms. The large formats allow for a bold handling of form, colour, and large strokes thickly applied to the canvas.
The bright palette and frequent use of dark contours are distinguishing features of Nina Ruseva’s figurative language, reinforcing the feeling of the illusoriness of natural scenes.
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
07.07.2023 - 30.09.2023

The birthday parties at Muzeiko are already outdoor

In the summer the birthday kids will be able to invite their friends to their special day with our exciting Outdoor Explorers program and have fun in the Museko courtyard.
Museco is kicking off its Summer Outdoor Explorers birthday program. The program offers extremely fun and educational activities that take place outdoors in the courtyard of Muzeiko.
The duration of the program is 1 hour and 45 minutes during which children embark on an unforgettable journey through the mysteries of science. Anyone born during the summer months can get involved in this exciting activity.
One of the most interesting parts of the program is the adventure with secret missions. Sunny little explorers will have to solve puzzles, discover hidden objects and follow the footsteps of scientific geniuses. It is an exciting challenge that helps them develop their logical thinking and observation.
Children will be encouraged to use their observational and scientific skills as they solve puzzles and explore the nature around them. The Muzeiko team will be on hand to support and encourage children in their research skills.
Don't miss the opportunity for your child to have an unforgettable birthday party with the Outdoor Explorers program.
Birthdays in Muzeiko are also held in English.
Follow our monthly program and other offers for birthday programs on our website - www.muzeiko.bg.
Festivals
08.06.2023 - 28.10.2023

Yana Lozeva | ANACRUSIS

The Vera Nedkova House Museum ‘In the Home of Vera Nedkova’, the programme launched in 2019, continues to present contemporary artists along with Nedkova’s paintings. Displayed in the cosy atmosphere marked by Vera Nedkova’s intellectual and creative presence, the six photographs by Yana Lozeva show images of women with a strong and memorable individuality. Despite the apparent incompatibility of the two artists in their creative pursuits and concepts, the photographs correspond in an elegant way with the paintings in the museum’s interior. ‘We were looking for expressiveness, not so much external as internal,’ Vera Nedkova stated in her memoirs about her own art. In her early works, she was moved by the portrait and its depiction in a non-standard style in a space devoid of details.
Taken over the past two years, the photographs have captured brief and elusive moments and states of the subjects portrayed. The female images seem to sink into space in the manner of a watercolour, with their blurred contours and transitions between black and white. With her keenness of observation, Yana Lozeva is intrigued by the mysteriousness of the ordinary, by the moment of lost control and that specificity of the ‘out-of-hand’ framing, which sneaks inexplicably and imperceptibly in to lie at the base of the ‘Anacrusis’ exhibition.
Exhibitions