Vice President Iliana Yotova opened the exhibition “Women artists. New horizons between the two world wars” in the Sofia City Art Gallery (SGHG). She examined the exhibited paintings, photographs and archival materials together with the Mayor of Sofia, Yordanka Fandakova, and the Chairman of the Sofia Municipal Council, Georgi Georgiev.
“It is no coincidence that this exhibition begins with the portraits. Look at the eyes of women from self-portraits and portraits. I am sure that only a woman can discover, paint the invisible and make it visible. It’s very impressive. And one more thing – to draw the beauty of nature gathered in a vase of flowers and to find that spirit from the little daisy to the royal peony, I also think that only a woman’s hand can do it,” Yotova said. The exhibition is among the first events on the occasion of the Sofia holiday on September 17, Yordanka Fandakova reported.
“I would like to especially emphasize the enormous work of our curators Milena Balcheva and Ramona Dimova, who worked for more than three years. Slowly, methodically and with love and faith they searched for everything that you can see in the halls today. Of course, you will see much more after that and in the catalog that we are still preparing. And here you will meet an interesting sample of Bulgarian art, namely, women artists. In the exhibition, they made a special effort to offer us a lot of different materials – applied, fine, archives, photos and documents – everything that can be accommodated in the halls of the Sofia City Art Gallery”, commented the director of the Sofia City Art Gallery, Adelina Fileva.
The exhibition includes over 200 works by over 65 female artists. Among them are Vera Lukova, Vera Nedkova, Ekaterina Savova-Nenova, Elena Karamihailova, Elisaveta Konsulova-Vazova, Sultana Surujon, etc. And others, such as Alexandra Mechkuevska, Darena Georgieva, Elena Grancharova, Margarita Milidzhiyska, Raina Rumenova, Nadezhda Deleva, Tsana Ivanova-Bojadzhieva and others.
“Our attempt is to present a complete visual narrative of the history of women between the two world wars in the field of art. The end of the First World War created the most radical change in women’s lives. And this is on a European scale. From here on, talk begins about the new era, which unlocks trends related to the idea of the female intellectual. With the idea of women in culture outside the home. At the beginning of the 20s, an impressive group of Bulgarian women artists managed to fit into the organized artistic life. And this boom in women’s art continued until the end of the 1930s,” said Milena Balcheva during the opening.
The project is a joint project between the National Academy of Arts, the National Academy of Arts (NAA), the state agency “Archives” and the foundation “St. Pimen Zografski” – NHA.