The exhibition includes artworks in a variety of types and styles. It is an opportunity publicly to announce the names of the donors during this period and to express our gratitude for the generosity to the National Gallery demonstrated by them.
Donorship in Bulgaria represents a long-lasting tradition. This noble and patriotic deed was also related to the formation of the national art collection, even before the official establishment of the National Gallery as an independent institution. Today, the largest art museum in Bulgaria possesses over 42,000 works of Christian art, painting, sculpture, graphics, decorative and contemporary art from our country, from Europe, Asia, Africa and America. A significant number are donations by Bulgarian and foreign institutions and private collectors, by artists and their heirs, and by connoisseurs.
In recent years, the museum’s stock has been sporadically replenished with a relatively small number of purchases; however, in the period from 2015 to 2018 alone, it was enriched with over 360 works donated by 44 Bulgarians and foreigners, accepted after their identification and assessment by the gallery’s experts as possessing high artistic qualities. In 2018, a large sum of money was received from the legacy of Margarita Zaneff, a Bulgarian who lived in Australia. Works to expand the collection according to the professional criteria of the museum’s specialists are to be purchased.