On Monday, August 31st, 2015, the Bulgarian contemporary art will be at focus in Venice with 148 Bulgarian contemporary artists exhibited at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, in the Map of the New Art – Imago Mundi Exhibition, an extraordinary event aimed at presenting an imaginary mapping of over 40 countries and regions in the colors of today’s forms of art!
Organized under the aegis of Benetton Foundation, in conjunction with the 56th Venice Biennale and the imminent 2015 Venice Film Festival, the exhibition will present the most outstanding and recent outcomes of the Imago Mundi collection, the first global project in contemporary art whose main goal is to draw an updated panorama of the contemporary art phenomenon worldwide on an original format of 10 x 12 cm canvas.
Curated by Claudio Scorretti and Irina Ungureanu, Save the Dreams, the Bulgarian collection of Imago Mundi, completed recently in the first half of 2015, showcases the contemporary art of Bulgaria, eastern gate of the Balkan Peninsula and link between East and West, Europe and Asia Minor, the Danube and the Black Sea, traditionally a place of transit and of extraordinary cultural heterogeneity. 148 works of art that reflect the creative fervour and the imaginative, ironic, joyous and sometimes desperate Bulgarian identity that is currently under construction. A collection that brings together artists of different generations and with contrasting aesthetic ideas, painters with a classical approach to the canvas and contemporary artists for whom the canvas is merely a tool. Artists living in Bulgaria or who have left the country, teachers or students for whom the most important thing is freedom of speech and debate. Published in three languages, the catalogue of the Bulgarian collection, which has been issued recently, enjoyed, together with the whole project, the support and expertise of Maria Vassileva, chief curator of the Sofia City Art Gallery and of Gaudenz B. Ruf, refined collector and founder of the Ruf Award and Supporting Programme in Contemporary Art, former Ambassador of the Swiss Confederation in Bulgaria, of artist Elena Panayotova as well as of the galleries Rakursi, Monev and Arosita from Sofia. The editing and translation of the catalogue in Bulgarian and English was insured by Irina Cherkelova.
We are very pleased to invite you at the opening of the exhibition at Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Island of San Giorgo Maggiore, Venice, on Monday August 31st, at 7.00 PM. Artists and journalists are kindly invited for a press preview of the exhibition on Monday August 31st at 11.00 AM at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. The exhibition will remain open until November 1st2015.
The rooms of the Fondazione Giorgio Cini house the Imago Mundi collections of Algeria, the Kalahari Bushmen, Nigeria, South Africa, Tunisia, Uganda/Rwanda/Burundi (AFRICA); Brazil, the Caribbean, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, the United States and Indigenous Native Americans (AMERICAS); Afghanistan, Iran, Israel, Jordan, North Korea, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Thailand, Tibet (ASIA); Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland (EUROPE); the Aboriginal artists of Australia (OCEANIA).
Artists featured in the Bulgarian collection:
Bogdan Aleksandrov, Zara Alexandrova, Valentin Angelov, Greddy Assa, Albena Baeva, Robert Baramov, Neno Belchev, Iskra Blagoeva, Blood Becomes Water, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Yavor Boyanov, Stanimir Bozhilov, Antoan Bozhinov, Stefan Bozhkov, Gordon Carter, Ergin Cavusoglu, Sevda Chkoutova, Kiril Cholakov, Ina Damianova, Andrei Daniel, Velizar Dimchev, Georgi Dimitrov, Juliana Do, Krassimir Dobrev, Milena Doncheva, Krassimira Drenska, Katerina Dyulgerova, Leda Ekimova, Antoaneta Galabova, Zafer Galibov, Genadi Gatev, Evelina Gebreva, Velislava Gecheva, Lyuben Genov, Stanimir Genov, Nadja Genova, Georgi – Georgiev Jojo, Zoran Georgiev, Daniela Georgieva, Rositsa Getsova, Zornitza Gurova, Atanas Hranov, Ivaylo Hristov, Kiril Hristov, Iskren Iliev, Dobromir Ivan, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Natalia Jordanova, Kaliya Kalacheva, Bilyana Kaloyanova, Elena Kaludova, Volodya Kenarev, Nikolay Kermov, Ivan Kiuranov, Kokimoto, Vikenti Komitski, Ivan Kostolov, Konstantin Kostov, Daniela Kostova, Nestor Kovachev, Nina Kovacheva, Sonia Kovatcheva, Cvetan Krastev, Natasha Kupova, Pavel Lefterov, Rosslan Lozev, Lazar Lyutakov, Veliko Marinchevski, Nikolay Marinov, Mariana Marinova, Kalina Mavrodieva, Michail Michailov, Albena Mihaylova, Miryana Mihaylova, Nikola Mihov, Kosyo Minchev, Mina Minov / Nastasja Keller, Peter Mintchev, Boris Missirkov / Georgi Bogdanov, Vladimir Mitrev, Desislava Morozova, Ivan Moudov, Rumen Nechev, Slav Nedev, Vasilena Nikiforova, Mihail Novakov, Stanislav Pamukchiev, Elena Panayotova, Alexandar Peev, Darina Peeva, Alexander Petkoff, Yavora Petrova, Stefan Petrunov, Vihorni Popnedelev, Adelina Popnedeleva, Vasil Popov, Boris Pramatarov, Maximilian Pramatarov, Milen Radev, Angelika Radeva, Rassim, Monika Romenska, Houben RT, Nina Ruseva, Radoil Serafimov, Kalin Serapionov, Daniela Sergieva, Boris Serginov, Dimiter Shopov, Ivan Shopov, Venelin Shurelov, Simeon Simeonov, Kamen Startchev, Valentin Stefanoff, Svilen Stefanov, Tsvetelina Stefanova, Stelly, Krassimira Stikar, Sasho Stoitzov, Ivaylo Stoyanov, Stanislava Stoyanova, Violeta Tanova, Juliana Tekova, Krassimir Terziev, Miryana Todorova, Kosta Tonev, Iv Toshain, Milena Tsochkova, Peter Tzanev, Rada Tzankova, Desislava Unger, Alexander Valchev, Vitto Valentinov, Stela Vasileva, Yonko Vassilev, Borjana Ventzislavova, Vlado Vesselinov, Stanimir Videv, Irma Vodeva, Georgi Yamaliev, Ivan Yamaliev, Deyan Yanev, George Yankov, Miglena Yoncheva – Nikolova, Minko Yovchev, Ventsislav Zankov, Rumen Zhekov, Nikolay Zlatanov – Kajo.