First exhibition of hitherto-unseen Bulgarian old masters

The Royal Gallery in partnership with the Union of Bulgarian Artists (UBA) presents the exhibition “Ivan Boyadzhiev Collection – The Discovery”, on at the UBA gallery at 6 Shipka Street Sofia from March 7 to 28.

“The exhibition is a real event for the history of Bulgarian art, showing for the first time to the world an exceptional collection of work by Bulgarian old masters,” the UBA said.

“The art collection has been unknown until now, owned by the heirs of the collector Ivan Boyadzhiev (1888-1972), living in Germany, and has never been known to the public and specialists,” it said.

Now, returned to Bulgaria, the artistic collection of more 150 works – paintings, drawings and graphics, represents an intriguing sample of Bulgarian art from the first half and middle of the 20th century.

The exhibition includes works by landscape painters Nikola Tanev and Boris Denev, prominent marine artist Alexander Mutafov, as well as Konstantin Shtarkelov, Ivan Hristov, Petar Morozov, Mario Zhekov and Zdravko Alexandrov.

Also represented are Dechko Uzunov, Ivan Penkov, Konstantin Tringov, Binka Zlatareva, Nikola Kozhuharov and Dimitar Gyuzhenov.

The exhibition also offers information about Ivan Boyadzhiev, hitherto not well known as a collector, who was one of the most successful business people in Bulgaria in the early 20th century.

(Photo: Detail of a work by Konstantin Shtarkelov. UBA)

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