Foreign Exhibitions in the Gallery at 125 Rakovska St in the 1950s. Selection and discussions Cover Image
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Чуждестранните изложби в галерията на ул. „Раковски“ 125 през 1950-те години. Селекция и дискусии
Foreign Exhibitions in the Gallery at 125 Rakovska St in the 1950s. Selection and discussions

Author(s): Natasha Noeva
Subject(s): Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките
Keywords: exhibitions; gallery at 125 Rakovski St; socialist realism; formalism; cultural arrangements; 1950s

Summary/Abstract: The research subject of the current paper is the foreign exhibitions held at the Gallery at 125 Rakovska Street in the 1950s. The sources of information used are documents, stored at the Archives State Agency, the Union of Bulgarian artists (UBA), and articles, published in the press The expose contains facts about the topoi of the artistic life in the capital in the 1950s and the complete details about the scope of the foreign exhibitions. The programme documents from the UBA are studied in order to gain information about the prevalent at the time type of exhibition policy along with the ideological framework. Some of the accents are: an art exhibition from the National Republic of Romania, an art exhibition from Hungary, individual exhibitions of Renato Guttuso, Kathe Kolwitz, Vitold Zaharievich, Kukryniksy and others. Some of the critical reviews about the exhibitions are included, which contain a high dosage of formality in the language expression and the commentaries about the artistic values of the art works are based on the ideological reading and political expediency. The exhibitions trace the manifestations of realism as a trend in art, in an attempt to paint the picture of the artistic life and the activities of the Union of Bulgarian Artists in the 50s of the twentieth century. The question about the differences in the comprehension of realism as an artistic method is raised.

  • Issue Year: 2022
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 76-83
  • Page Count: 8
  • Language: Bulgarian