This exhibition is dedicated to the genre of the Interior, which has not been previously presented independently. It includes works from the National Gallery’s collection of several generations of artists who have left lasting traces of their prominent presence in Bulgarian painting. Seventy-four pictorial works by fifty-eight artists are on display, many of them rarely, or never, shown before. They are divided into several thematic sections: the interior of the atelier, still life in interior, the human figure, and the portrait in the interior. The earliest painting in the exhibition is Yordan Kyuvliev’s ‘Interior’ of 1904, and among the most recent works are Ivailo Mirchev’s ‘Figure in Interior’, Dolores Dilova’s ‘Interior’, Magda Abazova’s ‘In the Studio’, Georgi Bozhilov – Slona’s ‘The Muse’, all dating from the late 1980s. For some of the artists, the interior represents only the framework of the subject matter, while for others it is an outward expression of spirituality.
The selection presents artists of an individual hand, manner, and style, the majority of them associated with innovative trends in the Bulgarian art of the twentieth century. The chosen works illustrate the artists’ plastic searches and experiments with space, colour, and shape.The interior is present in the works of some of the most prominent names in our modern and contemporary painting, such as Sirak Skitnik, Ivan Milev, Bencho Obreshkov, Ivan Nenov, Nikola Tanev, Nenko Balkanski – from the first half of the century, and from the second half – Magda Abazova, Svetlin Rusev, Vera Nedkova, Slavka Deneva, Dolores Dilova, Marko Monev, Georgi Bozhilov – Slona, Georgi Baev, Atanas Yaranov, Ivan Kanev, Ivan Vukadinov, Lyuben Zidarov, Andrey Daniel, and Vihrony Popnedelev.
Artists of different sensibility, thinking and artistic expression, they combine tradition and mastery in a poetic, realistic, or innovative artistic approach. The exhibits are saturated with a variety of spiritual passions and emotions – with pain, but also with positivism, with psychological depth in the construction of the portraits, or with a refined sense of the beauty of the female body – they are a true kaleidoscope of themes and intertwining subjects.
Dr Boryana Valchanova