Overcoming boundaries. The Section of Female Artists, Society of Bulgarian Women Graduates of Universities (1928–1941) Cover Image
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Преодоляване на границите. Секцията на жените художнички към Дружеството на българките с висше образование (1928-1941)
Overcoming boundaries. The Section of Female Artists, Society of Bulgarian Women Graduates of Universities (1928–1941)

Author(s): Milena Balcheva-Bozhkova
Subject(s): History, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Post-War period (1950 - 1989)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: The Society of Bulgarian Women Graduates of Universities, established in 1924, was the first ever association of such women in this country. In 1928, a Section of Female Artists was formed within the Society, the first union of female painters in Bulgaria. Establishing an independent community of female artists was a major step towards the mass inclusion of women in the country’s art life, providing them with an opportunity to stand up for their professional interests in arts. The process may well be defined as the first focused attempt to integrate ‘female art’ into Bulgaria’s cultural life. Most of the practising Bulgarian female artists joined the Section (1928–1941). The Section’s art activities were random. The initiatives of the members were reduced to mounting an exhibition on a yearly basis. During its thirteen years of history, the Section staged twelve exhibitions in Sofia, one in Plovdiv and one abroad. The collective events staged by the women drew many visitors, igniting heated public discussions about women and their creativity.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 4
  • Page Range: 23-29
  • Page Count: 7
  • Language: Bulgarian