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Парижкото биенале на младите художници. Българското участие 1959–1969
The Paris Biennale for Young Artists. Bulgarian participations 1959–1969

Author(s): Irina Genova
Subject(s): History, Theatre, Dance, Performing Arts, Fine Arts / Performing Arts, Recent History (1900 till today)
Published by: Институт за изследване на изкуствата, Българска академия на науките

Summary/Abstract: “The Paris Biennale of Young Artists. The Bulgarian Participation 1959–1969” is part of an extended project on the perspective from Bulgaria to artistic practices beyond the Iron Curtain during the 1960s. Started within the framework of the Fellowship Program of the Center for Academic Studies/CAS, Sofia in 2016, it continues as a project at the Institute of Art Studies. In my larger study I am trying to state my present-day interest and view, formed in the conditions of the local, but also in the times of cultural globalisation. Research demonstrates that art contacts and the wider milieu of art practices in Southeastern Europe and in the socalled former “socialist bloc” showed considerable differences and exhibited their own specifics. From today’s perspective, the (non-) happening of artistic contacts during the period of the “Cold War” in Bulgaria seems crucial for the interpretation of artistic works and practices before 1989. The Biennale of Young Artists in Paris (referred to as Paris Biennial) was created in 1959 and existed as an art forum of young artists until 1985, when its statute was fundamentally altered. During the first decade, including 1969, the participations were national. Bulgarian painters, sculptors, graphic artists participated in the Paris Biennial during the first decade of its existence.

  • Issue Year: 2017
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 37-52
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English, Bulgarian