Union of Bulgarian Artists exhibitions / archive
Opening: 14 May, Tuesday, 5:30pm
The Union of Bulgarian Artists UBA, under the patronage of the Embassy of Switzerland in Bulgaria, presents the large scale solo exhibition ‘Paper – Hand and Mind. Narrations in Art’ of the Swiss artist Therese Weber at the Rayko Alexiev Gallery, from May 14th to June 7rd, 2019.
Therese Weber is one of the most important protagonists of ‘Paper Art’ and an acclaimed representative of the contemporary Swiss art scene. Based on her artistic research on paper, its creation and its tradition, at present time she is mainly active in the field of pulp painting: For her works, Therese Weber creates her artwork from coloured pulp (natural fibre) by pouring and forming handmade paper, and combines this as her particular creative medium with drawings, prints and photography to explore new dimensions. Showcasing more than 50 works, this comprehensive exhibition offers a complex and varied panorama of her oeuvre, and also of different techniques and approaches she used during the last 25 years. Therese Weber has been doing research for many years in Asia, Central Asia, the Caucasus and in 2018 for the first time in the Balkan region. The exhibition in Sofia presents Therese Weber’s works to the Bulgarian audience for the first time.
opening - 18th of April, Thursday, 18:00
Yordan Kisyov is among the most prominent Bulgarian artists of the last decades. He is a bold experimenter, looking for unconventional means of expression for his large format painting and the installations he makes. He works at the border between collage, sculpture and painting.
opening - 29th of March, 18:00
Tsviatko Ostoich is known for his work in the field of graphic design, especially in the layout of the book. In this exhibition, however, it can be called a jubilee, because it follows the 60th birthday of the artist - we will see the other parts of his work. Together with the fine watercolors and drawings painted over the last 10 years, Tsvyatko Ostoich has for the first time shown his photographs.
Tsviatko Ostoich is one of the artists who do not find it necessary to name their work, to explain them further. In them we see nature with its tender power and dramatic states; we see the man's inner world, gently lifting the curtain to his thoughts. In that way the author leaves the viewer the freedom to understand the way shown and to feel closer to his emotion.
The gallery will be closed from 23.12.2018 to 2.01.2019=
The exhibition "The Knight and ..." by Prof. Buyan Filchev includs works of digital graphics, unfolds in front of the spectator an imposing and impressive canvas that presents the last stage of his rich in achievement creativity. It is no accident that the slogan, which in itself increases the associative potential of the images, is open...
Balanced but at the same time extremely rich in various shapes, tones and elements sheets; compositions rich in fragments and auto-citations are like debris of a grandiose explosion. These debris seem to seek to reunite in the space of the exhibition hall in search of a complete and organic visual-plastic unity in which personal and global problems solved with a high-level style are inextricably interwoven with each other.
Prof. Chavdar Popov
opening - 25th of October, Thursday, 18:00
The elements of the visible world for the artist are objects of creative interpretation. Sensibly perceived, they create plastic and stylistic solutions. The very choice of objects already contains the artist's attitude. And the plastic expression carries and sends its messages.
opening - 5th of October, 18:00
Ivan B. Ivanov is one of the artists with a desire for encyclopaedia. He works in the field of graphics, painting, monumental arts. He has published a book of travel notes from his many travels around the world and a book of memories of artists and interesting meetings.
The paintings in the exhibition were made during the last few years, mostly abstract, in very large formats and in smaller - cycle "Genesis", "Crystal" and others. Several portraits are also presented.
The author will display 60 works from different periods - in imaginary colors, different frames and structures. Behind each picture is a thematic cycle, never left alone. But do not repeat. "I love to struggle. I would not respect myself If I make again and again the same picture. I continue the cycle with other materials and other techniques. Every time I search for another key at the beginning of the peta."
The exhibition presents how the youngest Bulgarian artists working in the field of contemporary painting and sculpture interpret the different realities that today have the potential to legitimize one or another model of artistic representation. The exhibition includes works by 30 authors of the latest generation who have started their presence over the past few years, as well as those that actually make their debut on the big stage. The exhibition is a continuation of the large-scale project "Reality Disputed", which was realized at the end of 2017 in the halls of UBA - 6 Shipka Street, Sofia, in which took part 60 distinguished Bulgarian artists from different generations
For more than a quarter of a century, post-communist communities continue to be the victims of our communist regimes. Sounds absurd, but it's a fact. The fear and distorted values transmit by generation to generation do not allow us to be truly free and decent, to understand democratic values and principles and to develop dignified and progressive. That is why the sculpture "Repentance – Memorial to the Victims of Communism" was created by the transformed bodies of living contemporaries. It is a memorial of the victims made by themselves. A monument which wishes to give the past a state of voctim so that it can move on to struggle and cretivity. To achieve this, we must confess to ourselves that as long as we continue to be a victim, we are so our own executioners and repent of our crimes. Let us be more humble and more worthy. The exhibition aims to make us feel the need for repentance but also to ask the question of the need not of an emotional but of a historical assessment of communist terror, as to the communities of the former Eastern Bloc – now members of the EU as well as to the rest of the European community.
11:00 - 19:00
This exhibition of great Bulgarian sculptor Valentin Starchev comes after the remarkable success of his performance in the same hall in 2011 and 2015 and the dramatic 2017 when his name was among the most mentioned in the media polemics around the 1300 years Bulgaria monument. The author now presents works created over the past few months. In the silence of the studio he created "Madonna", "Prophet", "Orpheus", "Light" and "Night".
Finishing - 6th of January 2018, 15-18 h
Radoslav Maglov, the autor: "We will talk about the body as food, about the exhibition, opening, discovering, closing and hiding, distortion and transgression. We will extend the nostalgia for New Year's holidays with crack; we will burst the baloons full of air from 2017. Sharp your teeth, other sharp objects, pins or safty pins."
"Hoc est enim corpus meum" - a phrase with biblical origin in Latin, which in common translation reads "(For) this is my Body”. Words pronounced for thousands of years that have passed beyond their direct meaning, beyond their marginality. Maglov's latest project summarizes the image simultaneously in a conceptual and radically plastic manner, using universal values specific to the generalized truths that have reached us trough a dead language. The installation of the same name, located in the grand hall of the Raiko Alexiev Gallery, contains a group of sculptural objects that can be viewed as a whole but also as separate works - essences.