Architectural and art design of the Bulgarian’s pavilion at the International Exhibition in Paris, 1937: competitions, commissions, outputs Cover Image
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Българският павилион на световното изложение в Париж през 1937 година – поръчки и реализации
Architectural and art design of the Bulgarian’s pavilion at the International Exhibition in Paris, 1937: competitions, commissions, outputs

Author(s): Maria Miteva
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Cultural history, Geography, Regional studies, Visual Arts, Historical Geography, Diplomatic history
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The important role of expos in the twentieth-century history is highlighted. The dearth of factual definiteness and fundamental studies on Bulgaria’s participations in these events gave grounds for this paper. The mounting of the national participation in the International Exhibition in Paris 1937 is traced, which has begun two years earlier. The Export Institute and the royal Legation to Paris, whose archives are the main source of information used in this study, succeeded in attracting to the process renowned specialists in each of the fields to be presented at the expo. The article focuses mainly on the architectural and art designs of the Bulgarian pavilion. The commissions and contests are traced, preceding the construction and the decoration of the pavilion. The programme of the mural painting contest is covered in detail as well as that of the competition for an illustrative industrial map of Bulgaria. The work of architects Yordan Yordanov and Delcho Sugarev; of Ivan Penkov, the artist assigned to design the entire decoration and furnishing of the pavilion as well as the competition winners Detchko Ouzounov and Tsanko Lavrenov, is highlighted. The interior design and the decoration of the pavilion are in perfect harmony and completely in accord with the architectural design. The joint efforts of a number of specialists, the exchange of creative ideas and skills, though missing the deadlines, resulted in a consistent, compact and catchy visual effect with the pavilion’s illuminated sign Bulgarie.

  • Issue Year: 2016
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 32-38
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian