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Tuesday 05 April 2022
04 April 2022 - 10 April 2022
July 2022
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

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

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
01.04.2022

PARSIFAL

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 5:30 Intermission 2
Main hall
The opera is performed in German with subtitles in Bulgarian and English.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

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

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
02.04.2022
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2022
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2022

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – version adapted for children
Runnig time: 01:00
Main hall 1
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
02.04.2022

BAROQUE PICTURES – WITH MUSIC FROM PURCELL, MONTEVERDI & HANDEL

Chamber Hall
Conductor
Viktor Krumov
Soloist/s
Petya Petrova
Yanitsa Nesheva
Ensemble
Chamber Ensemble of State Opera – Stara Zagora
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
03.04.2022

FUNNY SONGS AND THE STORY OF BABAR THE ELEPHANT

Children's performance from François Poulenc
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
03.04.2022

PARSIFAL

Opera by Richard Wagner
Duration 5:30 Intermission 2
Main hall
The opera is performed in German with subtitles in Bulgarian and English.
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
05.04.2022

PHILHARMONICA STRING QUARTET

Bulgaria Concert Hall
Soloist/s
Ensemble
Philharmonica String Quartet
Program
Antonín Dvořák - String Quartet No.12, Op.96, "American"
Johannes Brahms - String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op. 51
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

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

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

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

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
06.04.2022

OFFICIAL CHANGE OF THE GUARD IN FRONT OF THE PRESIDENCY BUILDING

In front of the Presidency

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

Festivals
06.04.2022

ELEKTRA

Opera by Richard Strauss
Duration - 1:50
Main hall 1
Preformed in german, with bulgarian and english subtitles
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP SOFIA 2022

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will take place in Sofia from April 8 till April 10, 2022.
Venue: Arena Armeec, Sofia
The program is available at: https://arenaarmeecsofia.net/
Sports Events
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 09.04.2022

WINE & SPIRITS SHOW

Date:  April 7- 9, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
Wine & Spirits Show 2022 is a specialized exhibition for Wine and Spirt.
Business Events
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022

KATIA AND MARIELLE LABÈQUE

Bulgaria Concert Hall
Conductor
Nayden Todorov
Soloist/s
Katia Labèque
Marielle Labèque
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Veselin Stoyanov - Festive Overture
Bryce Dessner - Concerto for two Pianos and Orchestra
Richard Strauss - Death and Transfiguration
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022

Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time – Official opening of Master of Art Film Festival 2022

The official opening of the seventh edition of Master of Art Film Festival is on April 7, 7:00 pm
Venue: Lumiere Cinema, National Palace of Culture, Sofia.
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time - documentary movie, USA 2021, 2h:7m
Directors: Robert B. Weide, Don Argott
Writer: Robert B. Weide
Tickets at the ticket-desk of National Palace of Culture.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Festivals
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP SOFIA 2022

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will take place in Sofia from April 8 till April 10, 2022.
Venue: Arena Armeec, Sofia
The program is available at: https://arenaarmeecsofia.net/
Sports Events
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 09.04.2022

WINE & SPIRITS SHOW

Date:  April 7- 9, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
Wine & Spirits Show 2022 is a specialized exhibition for Wine and Spirt.
Business Events
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022

RetrOlympic Night 2022

Date: 8.4.2022
Place: Vitoshko Lale Slope, Vitosha Mountain, Sofia.
Start: 17:30
RetrOlympic Night will be the last night skiing for the season.
Registration for participation at - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScqoi1yi2Nl__a3NrDfs6C4YqtjjKMYw9YOxWgjBl2oqJpsFg/viewform
Detailed information at:
FB of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/487751539659555 Phone: +359 882 111 480
https://www.skivitosha.com/
Sports Events
08.04.2022

LA BAYADÈRE

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Duration 2:45 Intermission 2
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP SOFIA 2022

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will take place in Sofia from April 8 till April 10, 2022.
Venue: Arena Armeec, Sofia
The program is available at: https://arenaarmeecsofia.net/
Sports Events
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
09.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

Space weekend at the National Museum of Military History on April 9 and 10

The National Museum of Military History will welcome its visitors with an exhibition, space workshops and space food tasting on April 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday). The event is organized on the occasion of the International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.
An attractive installation by the Easyart Foundation will await all children who want to get acquainted with the planets and become real astronauts dressed in a suitable suit for a trip around the solar system.
Scientists from the Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology will talk about how space food is made and how the work of our researchers opens up opportunities for flights to Mars. And thirty of the biggest fans of space adventures will be able to try lyophilized food.
Galactic navigators will be waiting for all the children who dream of touching the stars and will help them make a constellation themselves and create their own Museum of Space.
As part of the space adventure, the guests of the Museum will have the opportunity to see the photo exhibition "Bulgaria and Space", which presents the Bulgarian contribution to the study of the universe. They will get acquainted with moments from the work of the two Bulgarian cosmonauts Georgi Ivanov and Alexander Alexandrov and with the curious developments of the Bulgarian scientists, which facilitate life in space.
PROGRAM 10.00 - 18.00: Exhibition "Bulgaria and Space";
11.00 - 12.00: “Lyophilized food - food for space and the future” - presentation of Assistant Professor Dr. Nikolay Solakov and Assistant Professor Dr. Kamelia Loginovska from the Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology at the Agricultural Academy - Sofia;
11.00 - 14.00: Journey in the solar system with the Easyart Foundation;
11.00 - 14.00: Children's Studio "Create a Museum of Space";
11.00 - 14.00: Children's studio "Make your own constellation".
On both days - April 9 and 10, NVIM will work with its usual working hours and entrance fees, and participation in the workshops will be free.
Information at phone.: +359 2/946 1805
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
09.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

Vitosha X Lines – Freeride Ski & Snowboard Competition

Date: 9-10.4.2022
Place: Vitoshko Lale 2 Slope, Vitosha Mountain, Sofia.
FreerideSki & Snowboard Competition
Registration for participation at - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeen1pKmlQChudCz495jgMOANAHZivlf6p2BvWxvVeLlYFrA/viewform
Detailed information at: FB of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293480517813523
Phone: +359 882 111 480
https://www.skivitosha.com/
Sports Events
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

National Gallery Kvadrat 500 presents the exhibition WE/RE NATURE BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA - 17/02/2022 - 17/04/2022
The exhibition, entitled Ghost Lights, consists of a series of photographs depicting both natural landscapes and elements of civilization — an ATM, a petrol station, a gun shop, etc.—and, in all, is the light symbolizing man and his presence/absence. According to Borjana Ventzislavova, ‘Light is a particularly important symbol: it can be a beginning but also an end, can be hot or cold, sustain life, but also destroy it.’ In her film, ‘We The Nature’, the artist gives nature a voice that sends its messages to people, calling for a change in the way we treat the environment and its resources once and for all, before it is too late. The ‘We Are/Were’ installation, which transfers elements of nature and light directly into the gallery, is also on display.
The topic of ecocide is poorly covered in Bulgaria. Borjana Ventzislavova’s works draw our attention to the fact that causing substantial damage to the environment, the destruction or loss of the ecosystem of a certain territory to the extent that the life of its inhabitants is or will be seriously impaired and endangered, must be legally terminated.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Kvadrat 500 National Gallery.
Kvadrat 500 National Gallery is located at 1, 19th February St, St Alexander Nevsky Sq, Sofia.
Text and image: official web site of National Gallery Kvadrat 500
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 09.04.2022

WINE & SPIRITS SHOW

Date:  April 7- 9, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
Wine & Spirits Show 2022 is a specialized exhibition for Wine and Spirt.
Business Events
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
09.04.2022

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

Musical fairy-tale by Alexander Vladigerov
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
09.04.2022

WINNIE THE POOH

Musical by Andrey Drenikov
Chamber hall
It is performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
09.04.2022

LA BAYADÈRE

Ballet by Ludwig Minkus
Duration 2:45 Intermission 2
Main hall 1
Music and Dance Events
10.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva.

AFTER ONESELF. Kalina Mavrodieva. Paintings. The exhibition will run from March 10 till April 10, 2022.
Kalina Mavrodieva’s exhibition at Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is the next step in the young artist’s recognizable approach to painting – her urge to extrapolate and synthesize certain visual excerpts and to turn them into borderline entities.
The exhibition, includes works created by the artist over the last year, such as idyllic-abstract landscapes from the Troyan section of the Balkan Range, executed in oil paints and pencil. Combining them with the macro visions from the sea, the exhibition maps the author’s view and marks the progress in her research.
The conceptual framework of the exhibition is provided by Elin Rahnev, who was invited by the artist to reflect on her work and to create a poetic piece. Hence, his poem is central to the exhibition and besides being a translation of the visual language into textual one, it also pays homage to artist Kolyo Karamfilov, who was both the painter’s and the poet’s friend.
Kalina Mavrodieva was born in 1988 in Troyan. She received a master’s degree in Painting in the class of Prof. Andrey Daniel at the National Academy of Arts in Sofia in 2014 and specialized in painting at the Brera Academy of Fine Arts in Milan. In 2015, Kalina received the Collectors’ Award in the ESSL ART AWARD CEE 2015 Competition, and in 2021 was awarded the UBA distinction at the National Youth Exhibition. The exhibition is part of the program Meeting Point, which since 2003 has been a forum launched by Vaska Emanuilova Gallery which offers young artists the opportunity to explore and present their work in the museum space. The artist has mounted the exhibition with the financial support of the Creative Initiatives Program of the National Culture Fund.
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located 15 Yannko Sakazov Bul, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov).
ENTRANCE FREE. Working hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:30-18:30; Sunday: 11:00-17:30.
Text and images: official web site of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
03.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

PORTRAIT OF SOFIA

Portrait of Sofia is a photo exhibition of the photojournalist Yordan Simeonov.
His works are to be presented in Sofia Largo (under Nezavisimost Square) from April 4 till April 10, 2022.
The exhibition is organized in honor of the 143rd anniversary of the declaration of Sofia for the capital of Bulgaria and with the financial support of Sofia Municipality.
24 photographs present women, from different generations, named Sofia. All of them live in Sofia and have different professions: actresses, doctor, painter, architect, pupil, student, teacher, gymnast. Through the photographs, the women reveal their own special connection with the Bulgarian capital – Sofia.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS WORLD CUP SOFIA 2022

Rhythmic Gymnastics World Cup will take place in Sofia from April 8 till April 10, 2022.
Venue: Arena Armeec, Sofia
The program is available at: https://arenaarmeecsofia.net/
Sports Events
01.03.2022 - 10.04.2022

SIBYLLE BERGEMANN. Photographs

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

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

Serdica Art Gallery presents the exhibition Small Monuments – Rafail Georgiev – Raffò, from March 23 to April 15, 2022.
The exhibition is to be presented in in Serdica Art Gallery, located at 90 B Tsar Samuil str. floor 2, the renovated part of the Women's Market, Sofia.
More about Rafail Georgiev - Raffò at www.rafailgeorgiev.com
Exhibitions
09.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

Space weekend at the National Museum of Military History on April 9 and 10

The National Museum of Military History will welcome its visitors with an exhibition, space workshops and space food tasting on April 9 and 10 (Saturday and Sunday). The event is organized on the occasion of the International Day of Aviation and Cosmonautics.
An attractive installation by the Easyart Foundation will await all children who want to get acquainted with the planets and become real astronauts dressed in a suitable suit for a trip around the solar system.
Scientists from the Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology will talk about how space food is made and how the work of our researchers opens up opportunities for flights to Mars. And thirty of the biggest fans of space adventures will be able to try lyophilized food.
Galactic navigators will be waiting for all the children who dream of touching the stars and will help them make a constellation themselves and create their own Museum of Space.
As part of the space adventure, the guests of the Museum will have the opportunity to see the photo exhibition "Bulgaria and Space", which presents the Bulgarian contribution to the study of the universe. They will get acquainted with moments from the work of the two Bulgarian cosmonauts Georgi Ivanov and Alexander Alexandrov and with the curious developments of the Bulgarian scientists, which facilitate life in space.
PROGRAM 10.00 - 18.00: Exhibition "Bulgaria and Space";
11.00 - 12.00: “Lyophilized food - food for space and the future” - presentation of Assistant Professor Dr. Nikolay Solakov and Assistant Professor Dr. Kamelia Loginovska from the Institute of Cryobiology and Food Technology at the Agricultural Academy - Sofia;
11.00 - 14.00: Journey in the solar system with the Easyart Foundation;
11.00 - 14.00: Children's Studio "Create a Museum of Space";
11.00 - 14.00: Children's studio "Make your own constellation".
On both days - April 9 and 10, NVIM will work with its usual working hours and entrance fees, and participation in the workshops will be free.
Information at phone.: +359 2/946 1805
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
09.04.2022 - 10.04.2022

Vitosha X Lines – Freeride Ski & Snowboard Competition

Date: 9-10.4.2022
Place: Vitoshko Lale 2 Slope, Vitosha Mountain, Sofia.
FreerideSki & Snowboard Competition
Registration for participation at - https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeeen1pKmlQChudCz495jgMOANAHZivlf6p2BvWxvVeLlYFrA/viewform
Detailed information at: FB of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293480517813523
Phone: +359 882 111 480
https://www.skivitosha.com/
Sports Events
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
10.04.2022

THE THREE PIGGIES

Musical by Alexandar Raichev
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
10.04.2022

THE YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA

Fortissimo - Britten
Bulgaria Concert Hall
Conductor
Grigor Palikarov
Soloist/s
Petko Venelinov
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Benjamin Britten - Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell "The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra", Op.34
Music and Dance Events
10.04.2022

HÄNSEL UND GRETEL

Opera for children by Engelbert Humperdinck
Chamber hall
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
10.04.2022

CLASSIC ART

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Alexander Madzharov
Alina Mihaylova
Sophia Mitrova
Ensemble
Classic Art
About the Event
Works by: J. S. Bach, J. Haydn, P. I. Tchaikovsky
Featuring: young talents from National Music School “L. Pipkov”
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
11.04.2022

CAMERATA CLASSICA

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Galina Apostolova
Martin Iliev
Martin Stoyanov
Mihail Zhivkov
Nadya Koleva
Snezhina Kumanova
Valentin Toshev
Ensemble
Camerata Classica
About the Event
Camerata Classica presents:
Happy Mozart
W. A. Mozart – Songs, arias and works.
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
12.04.2022

DON PASQUALE

Opera by Gaetano Donizetti
Duration - 2:00 No intermission
Main hall
It is performed in Italian, with Bulgarian and English subtitles
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 14.04.2022

The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings - open-air photo exhibition in the Crystal Garden

Photographs of 27 restored ancient buildings show the hidden beauty of Sofia in an exhibition organized on the occasion of the 143rd anniversary of the city's declaration as the capital of Bulgaria. The exhibition The New Life of the Old Sofia Buildings is organized on the initiative of Sofia Municipality. The photos are the work of journalist Mitko Popov and present footage of restored buildings in Sofia, which have preserved the historical roots and cultural heritage of the city. The exhibition can be seen from April 1 to 14 in the Crystal Garden of Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard.
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
14.04.2022

CARMEN SUITE, PAQUITA

Music by Bizet - Shchedrin and Ludwig Minkus
Duration - CARMEN SUITE 0:50 PAQUITA 1:00
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
14.04.2022

JORMA PANULA

Bulgaria Concert Hall
Conductor
Jorma Panula
Soloist/s
Gian Paolo Peloso
Ray Wang
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Jean Sibelius - Two works for Violoncello and Orchestra op.77
Jean Sibelius - Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in d moll, op.47
Johannes Brahms - Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op.73
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
23.03.2022 - 15.04.2022

Small Monuments

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

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
16.04.2022 - 17.04.2022

Vitosha Spring Sessions 2022

Date: 17.4.2022
Place: Mecha Poliana Freestyle Zona, Vitosha Mountain, Sofia.
Start: 10:00
Vitosha Spring Sessions 2022 Sport event: Skiing, snowboarding, open session, DJ party.
Detailed information at:
FB of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029310214359896/
Phone: +359 882 111 480
Sports Events
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 16.04.2022

The Exhibition Zodiac 22 and presentation of the Poetry Collection Hidden Thoughts with My Poetry 2022

Zodiac 22 – an exhibition of the colorful world of threads and presentation of the collection of poems Hidden Thoughts with my poetry 2022 - by Rumen Angelov at the Municipal Cultural Institute House of Culture Krasno Selo (located at 41 Tsar Boris III Blvd, Sofia).
The exhibition can be viewed : from 1-16 April, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m..
FREE ENTRY
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
16.04.2022

DIE ZAUBERFLÖTE

Opera by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart – version adapted for children
Runnig time: 01:00
Main hall 1
Performed in Bulgarian
Music and Dance Events
16.04.2022

FUNNY SONGS AND THE STORY OF BABAR THE ELEPHANT

Children's performance from François Poulenc
Chamber hall
Music and Dance Events
16.04.2022

LAKMÉ

Opera by Léo Delibes
Duration 3:15 Intermission 2
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
16.04.2022

LONGING

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Bilyana Rainova
Emiliya Ivanova
Fernando Fernandez
Manuela Manolova
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
17.04.2022
Religious Holidays
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
16.04.2022 - 17.04.2022

Vitosha Spring Sessions 2022

Date: 17.4.2022
Place: Mecha Poliana Freestyle Zona, Vitosha Mountain, Sofia.
Start: 10:00
Vitosha Spring Sessions 2022 Sport event: Skiing, snowboarding, open session, DJ party.
Detailed information at:
FB of the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1029310214359896/
Phone: +359 882 111 480
Sports Events
17.02.2022 - 17.04.2022

WE/RE NATURE. BORJANA VENTZISLAVOVA

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

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
17.04.2022
Music and Dance Events
17.04.2022

CARMEN SUITE, PAQUITA

Music by Bizet - Shchedrin and Ludwig Minkus
Duration - CARMEN SUITE 0:50 PAQUITA 1:00
Main hall
Music and Dance Events
17.04.2022

WINTERREISE | Music without Borders

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Denitsa Petrova
Ivaylo Dzhurov
Program
Franz Schubert - Winterreise
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
18.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

TECHNOMEBEL

Date:  18 - 21.04. 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center – Sofia
TECHNOMEBEL is an international exhibition for woodworking and furniture industry.
Business Events
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
19.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022

Date:19-21.04, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022 – Culinary competition and a forum for Bulgarian professionals to promote culinary arts.
Business Events
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
18.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

TECHNOMEBEL

Date:  18 - 21.04. 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center – Sofia
TECHNOMEBEL is an international exhibition for woodworking and furniture industry.
Business Events
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
19.04.2022

EASTER CONCERT WITH BAROQUE MUSIC

Chamber Hall
Soloist/s
Yanko Marinov
Ensemble
Impressia Vocal Ensemble
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
19.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022

Date:19-21.04, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022 – Culinary competition and a forum for Bulgarian professionals to promote culinary arts.
Business Events
20.04.2022 - 19.05.2022

PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents the exhibition PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva. 20/04/ - 29/05/ 2022. Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located at 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov.
The photographs express the contemplation and enjoyment of the moments and details of everyday life. They form a narrative of childhood and of the child that everyone can relate to as part of their life. The moments of carefree play are those instances that reflect eternity with its pure heavenly eyes. The artist’s idea thus runs as a thread through the entire exhibition, with various short poetic narratives developing around it.
In the space of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the artist works with the permanent exhibition of Vaska Emanouilova’s artworks, and with the portraits of children in particular. They represent an aspect of the artist’s work that is less frequently featured in exhibitions and less explored by art experts.
Yana Lozeva (born 1989) is a freelance photographer. She works mostly in the field of portraiture and personal documentary. Her solo exhibitions in Bulgaria include: Terminal – SKLAD, Plovdiv, part of the European Capital of Culture (2019), Come to Me, UniCredit Studio, Fotofabrika Festival (2018), Adata I, Rubber Gallery, Plovdiv (2015), Immediate Light, Rubber Gallery, Sofia (2013).
Image and text: official website of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
18.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

TECHNOMEBEL

Date:  18 - 21.04. 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center – Sofia
TECHNOMEBEL is an international exhibition for woodworking and furniture industry.
Business Events
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
19.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022

Date:19-21.04, 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center - Sofia
National Culinary Cup Bulgaria 2022 – Culinary competition and a forum for Bulgarian professionals to promote culinary arts.
Business Events
20.04.2022 - 19.05.2022

PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents the exhibition PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva. 20/04/ - 29/05/ 2022. Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located at 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov.
The photographs express the contemplation and enjoyment of the moments and details of everyday life. They form a narrative of childhood and of the child that everyone can relate to as part of their life. The moments of carefree play are those instances that reflect eternity with its pure heavenly eyes. The artist’s idea thus runs as a thread through the entire exhibition, with various short poetic narratives developing around it.
In the space of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the artist works with the permanent exhibition of Vaska Emanouilova’s artworks, and with the portraits of children in particular. They represent an aspect of the artist’s work that is less frequently featured in exhibitions and less explored by art experts.
Yana Lozeva (born 1989) is a freelance photographer. She works mostly in the field of portraiture and personal documentary. Her solo exhibitions in Bulgaria include: Terminal – SKLAD, Plovdiv, part of the European Capital of Culture (2019), Come to Me, UniCredit Studio, Fotofabrika Festival (2018), Adata I, Rubber Gallery, Plovdiv (2015), Immediate Light, Rubber Gallery, Sofia (2013).
Image and text: official website of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.
Exhibitions
10.02.2022 - 21.04.2022

SPARKS OF IMAGINATION: on the Frequencies of Beuys

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

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
18.04.2022 - 21.04.2022

TECHNOMEBEL

Date:  18 - 21.04. 2022
Venue: Inter Expo Center – Sofia
TECHNOMEBEL is an international exhibition for woodworking and furniture industry.
Business Events
21.04.2022 - 30.11.2022

THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS

National Archeological Museum presents the exhibition THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS. 21/4/2022 – 30/11/2022.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS presents the development of the weaponry, warfare and the technological craftsmanship of Ancient Thrace. The exposition offers an analysis of the processes and mechanisms through which main shapes of Hellenic armament were adopted, as well as the typology and technology of these artifacts not only in Thrace, but in the Classical world in general.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS consists of more than 120 artifacts – Thracian armament. Among them are composite scaled corset, swords, sheaths, helmets, parade neck-guard.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS refers to the political history of Thrace in the second half of the 1 st Millennium BC and the development of two state formations on the territory of nowadays Bulgaria and Romania - the Odrysian kingdom and the Getaen state.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS is a project of St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science, in cooperation with 21 Bulgarian museums and 2 Romanian museums, including National Museum of History of Romania.
Image: National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
21.04.2022

LUDMIL ANGELOV & SASCHA GOETZEL

Bulgaria Concert Hall
Conductor
Sascha Goetzel
Soloist/s
Ludmil Angelov
Ensemble
Sofia Philharmonic Orchestra
Program
Johannes Brahms - Piano Concerto No.1
Giovanni Gabrieli - Sonata XIII for Brass Instruments
Giovanni Gabrieli - Sacred Symphony
Paul Dukas - "Fanfare"pour précéder "La Péri"
Richard Strauss - Fanfare, TrV248
Maurice Ravel - Suite No.2 "Daphnis et Chloé"
Music and Dance Events
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
20.04.2022 - 19.05.2022

PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents the exhibition PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva. 20/04/ - 29/05/ 2022. Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located at 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov.
The photographs express the contemplation and enjoyment of the moments and details of everyday life. They form a narrative of childhood and of the child that everyone can relate to as part of their life. The moments of carefree play are those instances that reflect eternity with its pure heavenly eyes. The artist’s idea thus runs as a thread through the entire exhibition, with various short poetic narratives developing around it.
In the space of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the artist works with the permanent exhibition of Vaska Emanouilova’s artworks, and with the portraits of children in particular. They represent an aspect of the artist’s work that is less frequently featured in exhibitions and less explored by art experts.
Yana Lozeva (born 1989) is a freelance photographer. She works mostly in the field of portraiture and personal documentary. Her solo exhibitions in Bulgaria include: Terminal – SKLAD, Plovdiv, part of the European Capital of Culture (2019), Come to Me, UniCredit Studio, Fotofabrika Festival (2018), Adata I, Rubber Gallery, Plovdiv (2015), Immediate Light, Rubber Gallery, Sofia (2013).
Image and text: official website of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
21.04.2022 - 30.11.2022

THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS

National Archeological Museum presents the exhibition THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS. 21/4/2022 – 30/11/2022.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS presents the development of the weaponry, warfare and the technological craftsmanship of Ancient Thrace. The exposition offers an analysis of the processes and mechanisms through which main shapes of Hellenic armament were adopted, as well as the typology and technology of these artifacts not only in Thrace, but in the Classical world in general.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS consists of more than 120 artifacts – Thracian armament. Among them are composite scaled corset, swords, sheaths, helmets, parade neck-guard.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS refers to the political history of Thrace in the second half of the 1 st Millennium BC and the development of two state formations on the territory of nowadays Bulgaria and Romania - the Odrysian kingdom and the Getaen state.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS is a project of St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science, in cooperation with 21 Bulgarian museums and 2 Romanian museums, including National Museum of History of Romania.
Image: National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
20.04.2022 - 19.05.2022

PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents the exhibition PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva. 20/04/ - 29/05/ 2022. Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located at 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov.
The photographs express the contemplation and enjoyment of the moments and details of everyday life. They form a narrative of childhood and of the child that everyone can relate to as part of their life. The moments of carefree play are those instances that reflect eternity with its pure heavenly eyes. The artist’s idea thus runs as a thread through the entire exhibition, with various short poetic narratives developing around it.
In the space of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the artist works with the permanent exhibition of Vaska Emanouilova’s artworks, and with the portraits of children in particular. They represent an aspect of the artist’s work that is less frequently featured in exhibitions and less explored by art experts.
Yana Lozeva (born 1989) is a freelance photographer. She works mostly in the field of portraiture and personal documentary. Her solo exhibitions in Bulgaria include: Terminal – SKLAD, Plovdiv, part of the European Capital of Culture (2019), Come to Me, UniCredit Studio, Fotofabrika Festival (2018), Adata I, Rubber Gallery, Plovdiv (2015), Immediate Light, Rubber Gallery, Sofia (2013).
Image and text: official website of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
21.04.2022 - 30.11.2022

THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS

National Archeological Museum presents the exhibition THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS. 21/4/2022 – 30/11/2022.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS presents the development of the weaponry, warfare and the technological craftsmanship of Ancient Thrace. The exposition offers an analysis of the processes and mechanisms through which main shapes of Hellenic armament were adopted, as well as the typology and technology of these artifacts not only in Thrace, but in the Classical world in general.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS consists of more than 120 artifacts – Thracian armament. Among them are composite scaled corset, swords, sheaths, helmets, parade neck-guard.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS refers to the political history of Thrace in the second half of the 1 st Millennium BC and the development of two state formations on the territory of nowadays Bulgaria and Romania - the Odrysian kingdom and the Getaen state.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS is a project of St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science, in cooperation with 21 Bulgarian museums and 2 Romanian museums, including National Museum of History of Romania.
Image: National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery presents the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in the Studio. October 2021 – May 31 2022
For more than 10 years, the art studio of one of Bulgaria’s greatest artists and intellectuals, Dechko Uzunov, was not accessible to the public. There is already the opportunity to glimpse into the artist’s world and feel the atmosphere in which he created his art. Dechko Uzunov spent the last years of his life in his studio.
The theme of venues where Dechko Uzunov created his artworks is elaborated on in the exhibition Dechko Uzunov. Dialogues in Art presented at the gallery adjacent to the studio. Through the years, Uzunov’s teaching and diplomatic assignments turned this venue into a place where the artist managed to strike a balance between his personal space and social life.
Artworks presenting models at the studio reveal the many dialogues the artist had with himself and his students. Dialogues about the personal and the social, and, not less importantly, about art and reality.
This exhibition features works belonging to the permanent collections of Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery, Sofia City Art Gallery, Nikola Marinov Targoviste City Art Gallery, Kazanlak City Art Gallery and private collections.
Dechko Uzunov Art Gallery is located at 24 Dragan Tsankov Blvd, Sofia. Gallery hours: Wednesday-Sunday: 11 am – 7 pm. Free entrance.
Exhibitions
24.04.2022
National and Official Holidays Religious Holidays
24.02.2022 - 26.06.2022

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
Festivals
28.01.2022 - 07.09.2022

Moon Impact. A geological story

Earth and Man National Museum presents Moon Impact. A geological story.
The exhibition will run from January 28 till September 7, 2022.
The formation of the Moon is the single most important moment in the history of our planet.
The exhibition tells the story of the Giant impact and the Moon formation in the context of the geological evolution of the Earth and of the solar system.
Tickets at the ticket-desk of Earth and Man National Museum.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd.
Text and image: Earth and Man National Museum
Exhibitions
20.04.2022 - 19.05.2022

PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva

Vaska Emanouilova Gallery presents the exhibition PARADISE POOL. Yana Lozeva. 20/04/ - 29/05/ 2022. Vaska Emanouilova Gallery is located at 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd, Sofia (entrance from the backside of park Zaimov.
The photographs express the contemplation and enjoyment of the moments and details of everyday life. They form a narrative of childhood and of the child that everyone can relate to as part of their life. The moments of carefree play are those instances that reflect eternity with its pure heavenly eyes. The artist’s idea thus runs as a thread through the entire exhibition, with various short poetic narratives developing around it.
In the space of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery, the artist works with the permanent exhibition of Vaska Emanouilova’s artworks, and with the portraits of children in particular. They represent an aspect of the artist’s work that is less frequently featured in exhibitions and less explored by art experts.
Yana Lozeva (born 1989) is a freelance photographer. She works mostly in the field of portraiture and personal documentary. Her solo exhibitions in Bulgaria include: Terminal – SKLAD, Plovdiv, part of the European Capital of Culture (2019), Come to Me, UniCredit Studio, Fotofabrika Festival (2018), Adata I, Rubber Gallery, Plovdiv (2015), Immediate Light, Rubber Gallery, Sofia (2013).
Image and text: official website of Vaska Emanouilova Gallery.
Exhibitions
14.01.2022 - 15.05.2022

STATES OF IDEOLOGY

Museum of Art from The Socialist Period presents the exhibition STATES OF IDEOLOGY. It will run until May 15 2022.
Twenty nine works from the foreign section of the National Gallery’s collection feature artists from different countries who, to one degree or another, have in one way or another a bearing on the ideology of socialism in the second half of the twentieth century.
With few exceptions, the collection of these works began in the early 1970s, and most of them were acquired through purchases from the International Exhibition of Realistic Painting in Sofia. The first edition of this art forum was in 1973 and took place every three years until the end of the 1980s. It involves mostly artists from the former socialist camp, as well as authors from Britain, France, Italy, Belgium, West Berlin, Sweden, Denmark, Argentina, Brazil, Japan and others. The exhibition curated by Nikolai Ushtavaliiski aims to show the official face of art, living under the common denominator of ideological doctrine, but also to offer a modern perspective on the period. The fulcrums of such a concept are in the national peculiarities of the individual art schools, as well as in the presence of thematic-plot interpretations, revealing the lesser-known, even everyday-life faces of this art.
Museum of Art from the Socialist Period is located in Sofia, on 7 Lachezar Stanchev Str.
Image: https://nationalgallery.bg
Exhibitions
21.04.2022 - 30.11.2022

THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS

National Archeological Museum presents the exhibition THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS. 21/4/2022 – 30/11/2022.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS presents the development of the weaponry, warfare and the technological craftsmanship of Ancient Thrace. The exposition offers an analysis of the processes and mechanisms through which main shapes of Hellenic armament were adopted, as well as the typology and technology of these artifacts not only in Thrace, but in the Classical world in general.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS consists of more than 120 artifacts – Thracian armament. Among them are composite scaled corset, swords, sheaths, helmets, parade neck-guard.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS refers to the political history of Thrace in the second half of the 1 st Millennium BC and the development of two state formations on the territory of nowadays Bulgaria and Romania - the Odrysian kingdom and the Getaen state.
THE PANOPLY OF THE THRACIAN WARRIORS is a project of St Kliment Ohridski Sofia University, National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science, in cooperation with 21 Bulgarian museums and 2 Romanian museums, including National Museum of History of Romania.
Image: National Archeological Museum at The Bulgarian Academy of Science.
Exhibitions
24.03.2022 - 30.04.2022

THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition THE PRECIOUS JOURNEY OF DANTE - Divine Comedy” in the Jewelry of Diego Percossi Papi. (24.03.2022 – 30.04.2022)
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia
The Italian Embassy in Sofia and the Italian Cultural Institute in Bulgaria, together with the National Gallery, present for the very first time in Bulgaria the works of the Roman jewelry designer Diego Percossi Papi.
The initiative is part of the Italian Design Day 2022 – a series of promotional events held by the Italian diplomatic and consular network in all countries around the world to promote artistic and cultural heritage, which is the result of a sophisticated and harmonious relationship between history, culture, art and mastery of the highest level. This exhibition symbolically embodies the Italian genius, built of insights, original ideas, ancient knowledge, culture and experiences, love of beauty and great craftsmanship.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
08.04.2022 - 08.05.2022

The new Open-Air Gallery in Bankya with the first exhibition

Sketches and Pieces of Bankya from April 8 to May 8 in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park
Sketches and Pieces of Bankya - this is the title of the first exhibition of photographs of Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev in the Open-air Gallery in the Kestenite (Chestnuts) Park in Bankya. Welcome to the opening on Friday, April 8, from 5 p.m. near the Big Balneo Center.
Ivan Shishiev and Simeon Krastev are emblematic personalities for Sofia, famous for their beautiful photos, in which they capture unique corners of our capital, one of which is Bankya. The sketches of one artist flow into the pieces of the other and so the photo exhibition for Bankya as a resort of the four seasons was born.
The event is part of the Cultural Events Calendar of Sofia Municipality for 2022.
Exhibitions
02.03.2022 - 30.06.2022

Worthy of Freedom

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

YEVGENIY FIKS. Dictionary of the Queer International

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

“A world gone mad...”

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

“The Hat – Then and Now”

REGIONAL HISTORY MUSEUM – SOFIA presents the exhibition “The Hat – Then and Now”. It will run until May 8, 2022.
"The Hat - Then and Now" points to the Sofia fashion area with the ruling Bulgarian tastes and foreign influences. The chronological line in the exhibition starts from the end of the 19th century, continues through the revolutionary XX century and leads the visitor to the current trends.
The exposition concept draws attention to the hat both as a functional necessity and an aesthetic sign. Allocates a place in the exhibition of historical examples, a product of Sofia fashion designers and studios or imported from abroad. These accessories are part of the fund of the Regional History Museum - Sofia. The other part of the exhibition presents modern hats. The women's ones are by the designer Irina Sardareva. Along with her original projects, she restored the hats from the Museum's collection. The men are the work of Georgi Sardarev. The exhibition "The Hat - Then and Now" is located in the hall "Temporary Exhibitions" on the ground floor of the Regional History Museum - Sofia (1 Banski Square).
The visits are carried out in the period February 17 - May 8, 2022 in compliance with all current anti-epidemic measures.
*"The Hat - Then and Now" is made by the Regional History Museum - Sofia in collaboration with "House of Hats" by designer Irina Sardareva.
Image: Regional History Museum – Sofia
Exhibitions
01.04.2022 - 31.12.2022

Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals

Earth and Man National Museum presents the exhibition Zlati Zlatev - 40 years dedicated to the collection of Bulgarian minerals. From 01 April to 31 December.
Earth and Man National Museum is located at 4 Cherni Vrah Blvd, Sofia.
Image and text: official website of Earth and Man National Museum.
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 19.06.2022

BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script

National Gallery - The Palace presents the exhibition BOGDAN ALEKSANDROV. Painting as a Continuous Script (7/04/2022 - 19/06/2022).
National Gallery - The Palace is located at 1 Knyaz Alexander I Sq., Sofia.
The exhibition includes a selection of Bogdan Aleksandrov’s most significant works and underlines his place in the context of contemporary Bulgarian art. The forty large-format portraits and compositions, created since 2010, present in cycles various aspects of the artist’s oeuvre (including ‘Triads’, ‘Purgatorium’, ‘Pareidolia: Staged Portraits’, and ‘Vertigo: Portraits Without Diagnosis’), with some being shown for the first time.
Image and text: official website of National Gallery.
Exhibitions
16.02.2022 - 18.09.2022

BULGARIAN ARCHAEOLOGY 2021

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

DECHKO UZUNOV. DIALOGUES IN THE STUDIO

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

LANDSCAPES

Vera Nedkova House Museum presents the exhibition LANDSCAPES. Vera Nedkova. Kaliya Kalacheva.
The exhibition will run from February 24 till July 24, 2022. Vera Nedkova House Museum is located at 2 “11 th August Str”, Sofia.
The current exhibition focuses on one of the most popular genres in painting—landscape. Works by Vera Nedkova from the National Gallery collection created in the 1960s and 1970s and paintings by Kaliya Kalacheva are on display.
Artists of different creative pursuits, styles and techniques, Vera Nedkova (1906–1996) and Kaliya Kalacheva (b. 1986) correspond in an unusual way in their search for a different perspective of communication and perception of contemporary art.
Text and image: official website of National Gallery
Exhibitions
07.04.2022 - 28.04.2022

MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL - SPRING 2022

The seventh edition Master of Art Film Festival will take place in the period of 07-28 April in Sofia. 
Master of Art is the only international Film Festival in Eastern Europe for art documentaries. Master of Art is the first international Film Festival on the Balkans for art documentaries. Presenting the best documentaries produced in the field of music and dance, theatre and cinema, visual arts and photography, architecture and design, and literature, the MofA Film Festival aims to introduce the contemporary trends to the Bulgarian audience.
The full program Master of Art Film Festival 2022 is available at https://masterofartfilmfestival.com/en/
Among the titles of the program of the festival are Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck and Kubrick by Kubrick
MASTER OF ART FILM FESTIVAL is organized with the financial support of Sofia Municipality and it is part of the Evenest Calendar of the Bulgarian capital.
Image: FB of Master of Art Film Festival
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