Starting 25 June 2018, nearly 100 artworks from the Bulgarian National Gallery can be viewed online on Google Arts & Culture by people around the world due to a new partnership between the Google and the richest Bulgarian art museum. Thanks to this new virtual exhibition, presented during the Digital Assembly in Sofia, 25-26 June 2018, users will be able to see most important Bulgarian artists from the 20th century, showcasing their artistic oeuvre in comparison to European trends and many other treasures of the museum in just a few clicks at:
A specially curated virtual exhibit has been developed by experts at the Bulgarian National Gallery for the online visitors to discover Bulgarian Modern Artists. The interactive digital exhibition tells the story of the Bulgarian Modernism – Impressionism, Modernism and the National Idea or post-Cézannism which are an extraordinary phenomenon in Bulgarian art.
Some of the most important items of the online exhibition are:
- Erma River near Tran by Nikola Petrov from 1910
- Wedding by Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora from 1935
- Alley in a Tropical Park by Kiril Tsonev from 1932
Slava Ivanova, Director of the National Gallery said: “We are honoured to be able to showcase the Bulgarian cultural and art heritage through the power of digitization and the use of digital instruments for expanding the access to arts and culture. It will also be the first time that the National Gallery, one of the top cultural institutions in Bulgaria, will present a major online exhibition on modern Bulgarian artists, setting the trend for having digitised content for other institutions as well”.
Grigoris Zarifopoulos, Country Manager – Greece, Bulgaria, Cyprus & Malta said: “Google Arts & Culture allows culture to thrive by helping organisations digitise art collections, making them accessible to everyone and reaching new audiences. Each month, there are more than 500 million art-related searches on Google. We are happy and honoured that Bulgarian National Gallery joins Google Arts & Culture, making their masterpieces accessible to everyone”.
Together with the newest art collections from the Bulgarian National Gallery, Google also launches today a Google Earth Voyager Story “Discover Bulgaria”, emphasizing the beauty of country for the whole world to see, from ancient springs to the mountains where myths were made. People from all over the world could explore starting today key sites in Bulgaria, a melting pot of culture, religion and natural wonders.
About National Gallery in Sofia
The National Gallery, established in 1948, is the largest art museum in Bulgaria, with over 41,000 paintings, sculptures, graphics, decorative and contemporary artworks. It has the richest collection of Christian art from the Bulgarian lands (4th–19th centuries), boasts some of the highest achievements of the Bulgarian masters from the National Revival to the present day, along with exemplars of European art (15th –20th centuries), and unique artworks from Asia, Africa, and America.
The Gallery combines Kvadrat 500 ( St Alexander Nevsky Sq., 1, 19th February St.) with a permanent exposition on display; The Palace (1, Knyaz Alexander I Sq.) with its halls for temporary exhibitions; the Museum of Christian Art in the crypt of St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral; the Museum of Socialist Art (7, Lachezar Stanchev St.); Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (2, Cherni Vrah Blvd.); and the House Museums of Vera Nedkova, Nikola Tanev, and Ivan Lazarov.
About Google Arts & Culture
Google Arts & Culture puts over a 1,500 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and wonders of the world from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to Mandela’s prison cell. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available on the web, on iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. We work on technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest projects here.