MUSEUM OF THE WOMAN
The Private Collection of Alla Georgieva
Part of the ‘Everything Is All Right (with Us)’ Project

3/06/2020 - 30/09/2020

Тickets for visiting:
from ticket offices of National Gallery in
– Kvadrat 500,
– Museum of Christian Art, housed in the crypt of the St Alexander Nevsky Cathedral
– The Palace

IMPORTANT: In connection with the anti-epidemic measures introduced in the country, up to 7 people will be allowed in the exhibition at the same time; the wearing of protective face masks is mandatory.
In the event of overcrowding, visitors will have to wait their turn in front of the building.
The exhibition is not recommended for persons under 16 years of age.

Have we achieved the cherished equality of gender; do we need feminism; what is the ‘role’ of women today; and can we even talk about a single collective female image? With these questions, the Bulgarian Fund for Women provokes us through the ‘Everything Is All Right (with Us)’ project.

Alla Georgieva initiated the launch of the Museum of the Woman in 1999. The collection has been gathered over 20 years and continues to be supplemented with new exhibits. Exploratory and research activities are carried out in parallel.

The main theme of the museum is the image of the woman, as interpreted in the modern souvenir industry, household items, clothes, drinks, children’s toys, advertising and design. The collection includes visual objects treating the woman basically as a sexual object, examples of the advertising industry using the female body to sell various goods, items existing on the market, photographs, art objects specially created for the museum, and donations by Alla Georgieva’s friends. Most often, such objects use the language of humour, placing the woman in a position of humiliation.

With the support of the Bulgarian Fund for Women, the collection of the Museum of the Woman was enriched and prepared for its first public presentation. Following the exhibition at the Vera Nedkova House Museum, the collection will continue searching for its permanent home in Bulgaria and asking the question: ‘Is everything all right?’

About Alla Georgieva

‘Alla is one of the founders of the Bulgarian group of women artists, ‘8th March’ (1997), which, through its exhibitions, provokes discussions on gender and feminist issues. In her photo installations, video and objects, the artist mixes visual elements characteristic of the ‘new’ Balkan subcultural movements with the aestheticism and elitism of ‘high’ art. She uses the language of advertising, often draws on the grotesque, farce or parody to dissect the everyday absurdity of modern consumer society.’
Iliyana Nedkova, ‘n-paradoxa’, #19, 2007.

Alla Georgieva (born in 1957 in Kharkiv, Ukraine) is a Bulgarian artist. She works in the genres of installation, painting, performance, video, objects, and caricature. She has been involved in many individual and group exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad.

Selected solo exhibitions: ‘Life Is a Bed of Roses’ at the Structura Gallery in Sofia (2018); ‘Ours! Museum of the Sofa Wars’ at the Goethe-Institut Bulgaria (1915); ‘Frankenstein’s Dinner’ at the Sariev Gallery, Plovdiv (2010); ‘On Love, Great and Small’ at ARC Projects, Sofia (2008); ‘Happy Birthday!’ at the ATA Centre and Institute for Contemporary Art, Sofia (2003).

Involvement in group projects: ‘Notes and Footnotes, curator Vera Mlechevska, Kapana Gallery, Plovdiv (2019); ‘States of Focus’ / Stany Scupenia, Museum of Contemporary Art, Wrocław, Poland (2019); 23rd International Biennale of Humour and Satire in the Arts, Gabrovo (2017); ‘Amor’, Oi Futuro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, curators Denise Carvalo and Monika Szevczuk (2016); ‘Art for Change 1985–2015’, curator Maria Vassileva, Sofia City Art Gallery, Sofia (2015); OSTEN 40th Biennale of Drawing, World Gallery of Drawing, Skopje, Macedonia (2012); ‘Why Duchamp? From Object to Museum and Back (125 Years)’, curator Maria Vassileva, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art (2012); ‘Gender-Check: Femininity and Masculinity in Easter European Art’, curator Bojana Pejić, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria (2009); ‘WILD GIRLS, Celebrating the Next Generation of Female Artists’, curators Jeanette Ingberman, Jodi Hanel, Sarah Ryhanen, EXIT ART Gallery, New York, USA (2009); ‘PRAXIS: Art in Times of Uncertainty’, 2nd Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art, curators Gabriela Saldago, Bisi Silva, Syrago Tsiara, Thessaloniki, Greece (2009), ‘HACK.FEM.EAST. Women, Technology and Networks in Eastern Europe’, curators Tatiana Bazzichelli, Gaia Novati (2008); ‘PRIVATISIERUNGEN. Zeitgenössische Kunst aus Osteuropa’, the Post-Communist Condition Project, curator Boris Grois, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany (2004); ‘BLOOD & HONEY: The Future’s in the Balkans’, Sammlung Essl, curator Harald Szeemann, Klosterneuburg, Vienna, Austria (2003).

Her works are exhibited in public collections: Imago Mundi, Art Theorema, Luciano Benetton, Moderna Galeria /MG+MSUM/ Slovenia, the National Gallery, the European Investment Bank, Sofia City Art Gallery, and the House of Humour and Satire Museum in Gabrovo, among others.

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https://openartfiles.bg/en/people/1051-alla-georgieva

About the ‘Everything Is All Right (with Us)’ Project

In 2019, the Bulgarian Fund for Women announced a competition for new artistic projects by women with a prize pool of BGN 30,000. The theme of the contest, ‘Everything Is All Right’, provoked artists to think about the problems and challenges facing women today—in or beyond feminism. The competition presented 107 conceptual projects by over 100 female artists and collectives, of which the jury in line: Desislava Dimova, Stefka Tsaneva, Dobromira Terpesheva, Lea Vaysova and Gergana Kutseva, selected 9 projects by Albena Baeva, Alla Georgieva, Boryana Rossa, Veneta Androva, Nevena Ekimova, Darina Kokonova, Nikolina Nedyalkova/Daniela Takeva, Pavlina Sarbova, Polina Stoyanova/Marion Darova. Their finished works were presented in the exhibition ‘Everything Is All Right (with Us)’, in three locations in Sofia: the Institute of Contemporary Art and the Credo Bonum and Doza galleries.

Stefka Tsaneva, curator
Diana Draganova-Stier, curator at the National Gallery