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Sunday 28 February 2021
22 February 2021 - 28 February 2021
February 2021
04.07.2020 - 01.03.2021

The Scars of War: The Lost Architectural Heritage of Sofia

4.7.2019 – 01.03.2021

The National History Museum presents immersive space “The Scars of War: The Lost Architectural Heritage of Sofia”. The exhibition will run until end of December.

With sensory impulses, authentic video footage, photo archives and emblematic exhibits, the visitor will be “immersed” in the period before and during the bombings, will wander through the calm and beautiful pre-war Sofia, will witness the devastating blow that war inflicted on the city and will experience the fate of the hundreds people who lost their homes. The memories of eyewitnesses, recreated by famous Bulgarian actors will complete the narrative about some of the most dramatic days of the Bulgarian capital.

The project “The Scars of War: The Lost Architectural Heritage of Sofia” was brought to life in partnership with the Bulgarian National Film Archives, and funded by the “Culture” program of Sofia Municipality.

08.07.2020 - 30.09.2021

Pathways to the table

The National Ethnographic Museum presents the exhibition Pathways to the table
8.7.2020 - 30.09.2021
The exhibition presents the many ways that the “Pathways to the table” have evolved in Bulgaria through time. The exhibition consists of the following thematic collections: Sheep and goat breeding, Horticulture, Apiculture, and etc. With the current exhibition presents, the National Ethnographic Museum the traditional way of life and culture of Bulgarian nation. Pathways to the table will run until September 30, 2021.
For more information, please visit the website of the National Ethnographic Museum -
14.07.2020 - 01.03.2021

The Army in Times of Change

The National Museum of Military History presents the exhibition “The Army in Times of Change”
The exhibition traces the development of the Bulgarian Army over the past 30 years. The event is realised on the occasion of the 141 st anniversary of the establishment of the Ministry of Defence and the 104 th anniversary of the foundation of the National Museum of Military History.
For more information, please visit the website of the National Museum of Military History
01.09.2020 - 28.02.2021

REAL AND MAGICAL. The illustration in the art of Dechko Uzunov

ART GALLERY DECHKO UZUNOV presents the exhibition REAL AND MAGICAL. The illustration in the art of Dechko Uzunov.

September 2020 – February 2021

Although Dechko Uzunov’s rich and diverse artistry has been studied extensively, and featured prominently in no small number of exhibitions and publications throughout the years, not all of his creations are known to the public. Having lived almost nine decades, the artist has betrothed us with a sizeable inheritance, testifying to his eagerness to discover various material and spiritual “universes”. One of them finds its way into this book. Uzunov, like many of his contemporaries, dedicates quite a bit of time to explore the lexical-visual connection. This process begins even prior to his days at the Artistic- Industrial School of Sofia (1919) and endures until his final breath. His work in the direction of creating works for graphic editions rises after the end of his studies in the Academy of Arts of Munich (1922–1923).

His stay abroad gives him the chance to communicate with some leading foreign and Bulgarian artist not only in his area of arts, but also with some related to the world of literature. Having returned in Bulgaria, Uzunov expands his circle and gradually becomes one of the preferred front pages creators, as well as illustrations for books and portraits. The latter were of and for authors like: Svetoslav Minkov, Nikola Furnadjiev,Yordan Stubel, Chavdar Mutafov, Angel Karaliychev, Uncle Stoyan (Stoyan Popov), Yordan Kyuranov, Atanas Dushkov, Slavcho Krasinski, Dimitar Pantaleev, Emilian Stanev, Nikolai Zidarov, Pavel Matev and last but not least, Alain Bosquet.

In this exhibition, brought by Art Gallery “Dechko Uzunov”, an effort was made for the first time since the retrospective exhibition in honor of his 100-year anniversary, to collect and show not only original illustrations, but also such that were left out between the pages of old editions. The showing presents one of the few early illustrations, preserved in the fond of the gallery. It was created in 1922 and shows a rare image from a collection of poems from Nikolay Liliev “Moon stains”. The other works are from the period 1940s–1960s. Among them are different variations of illustrations from some of the most well-known stories of Emilian Stanev, Angel Karaliychev and Nikolay Zidarov.

The portraits, created by Uzunov of over 20 different artists, are included in the exhibition as reproductions from the book “Five years”, the famous collection of poems by Dimcho Debelyonov “Poems”, “An orange tree’s diary”, Eugene O'Neil’s “The first man”, since the originals were not preserved. The exposition shows the original copies of a few of the books, illustrated by Dechko Uzunov in different periods of his life.

Entrance free.

The works in the exhibition are part of the collections of Art Gallery “Dechko Uzunov” and National Museum of Literature. The books for the exposition are given by the National Library “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”, the Library of Sofia and the Collection of “Toni Nikolov”.

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29.10.2020 - 01.03.2021



29.10.2020 – 1.03.2021

Тhe exhibition “Sofia – Capital of Unified Bulgaria” focuses on the role of Sofia as epicentre for the decisions which rendered the dream for the unification of the Principality of Bulgaria and Eastern Rumelia possible. The exhibition narrative highlights the act of the Unification and its military defence; the role of diplomacy and of the efforts of the institutions in Sofia; the growth of the town into a capital of unified Bulgaria – a central of all state institutions and a unifying heart for the Bulgarians in the Principality of Bulgaria and in Eastern Rumelia. The exhibition presents exhibits – symbols of the dream for unification. Among them are regulation colours and volunteerunits’ banners, under the folds of which Bulgarians defended at once the cause of the Unification, and Sofia – Serbian forces’ immediate objective.

Personal belongings of Prince Alexander I, of the Speaker of the National Assembly Stefan Stambolov, of the Prime Minister Petko Karavelov, of the Minister of Justice Vasil Radoslavov, of the Minister of War Captain Konstantin Nikiforov, and others, frame Sofia’s efforts towards a swift administrative and legislative integration and towards the transformation of the capital into a centre of Unified Bulgaria.

A specially developed touch-screen application rediscovers Sofia’s place in the events from 135 years ago, focusing on the role of institutions, public buildings, and private homes of the capital’s urban environment.

Entrance fee. Tickets at the ticket-desk of National Museum of Military History.

The exhibition is realized in partnership with the Regional History Museum – Sofia, Directorate of Museums– Koprivshtitsa, and Stefan Noykov Foundation, within the “Sofia – Capital of Unified Bulgaria” project, funded by the “Culture” programme of Sofia Municipality.

Image: National Museum of Military History

01.11.2020 - 31.05.2021


The National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences presents the exhibition Zoonotic Pathogen Types

November 1 2020 – May 31 2021

The exhibition Zoonotic Pathogen Types was realised on the occasion of the most actual topic - the origin and transmission of pandemies, caused by the so called the zoonoses. Entrance fee. Tickets at the ticket-desk of the National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Image: The National Museum of Natural History at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences

05.11.2020 - 28.03.2021

′′Feed the Soul, to listen to you. Nutrition in Sofia′′

The Regional History Museum – Sofia presents the exhibition ′′Feed the Soul, to listen to you. Nutrition in Sofia and Sofia′′

November 5, 2020-March 28, 2021

The exhibition presents the many ways that the “Nutrition in Sofia” has changed in Sofia through time. The current exhibition covers two historical times, from the Liberation of Bulgaria in 1878 to the end of the 19th century, and from the beginning of the 20th century to the 1940s.

There is a special emphasis on a table layout for a solemn lunch in the Royal Palace

The project was brought to life with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture and with the assistance of: the National Polytechnic Museum, Sofia City Art Gallery, and Bulgarian State Agency ′′Archives ′′.

Tickets at the ticket-desk of the Regional History Museum – Sofia

10.11.2020 - 28.02.2021

Visionary Academy

A new initiative of the Sports and Youth Activities Department of Sofia Municipality has been launched, targeted at the young people of Sofia.

Visionary Academy was established to provoke the young generation to search and identify socially significant problems and find solutions to them. The Visionary Academy is an incubator of innovative ideas of young people about the community.

Established experts in various fields of knowledge will assist young visionaries in the process of creating and implementing innovative ideas that support different causes, revealing new approaches, methods, and good practices for successful implementation of ideas.

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11.11.2020 - 31.03.2021

Garden of Spirituality. Mount Athos and Bulgarian Art from Early to Mid-20th Century

SOFIA CITY ART GALLERY presents the exhibition Garden of Spirituality. Mount Athos and Bulgarian Art from Early to Mid-20th Century

November 11, 2020 – March 31, 2020

The exhibition presents art works linked to Mount Athos, its monasteries and history. The exposition’s narrative includes various works, landscape arts, sculptures, angravings, copies of frescoes, drawings, done by some of the most prominent Bulgarian artists of this period. Among them are Ivan Lazarov, Ivan Milev, Vasil Zahariev, Dechko Uzunov, Tsanko Lavrenov.

Tickets at the ticket-desk of Sofia City Art Gallery.


20.12.2020 - 07.03.2021


Sofia City Art Gallery presents the exhibition PENCHO GEORGIEV. BETWEEN THEATRE AND LIFE

20.12.2020 – 7.03.2021

The exhibition is organized on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of the birth of the artist Pencho Gergiev, whose name remains unknown to the younger generations. Having started his creative career in the 1920s, together with artists such as Ivan Milev, Ivan Penkov, Iliya Beshkov, Vasil Stoilov, Ivan Nenov, etc., he is also linked with modernism in Bulgarian art through the Society of New Artists.

The exhibition presents the majority of the artist’s preserved works – over 150. Also included are seven stage projects from the Albert Richard Mohr collection, which are in storage today at the Johann Christian Senckenberg university library in Frankfurt. The exhibition displays early works from the artist’s student years at the Academy of Arts (1920-1925), graphics and paintings from the time he spent in Paris (1929-1932), drawings and illustrations, as well as stage projects and photographs from different productions.

The exhibition is realized in partnership with: Archives State Agency, National Gallery, Regional History Museum – Vratsa and with the support of: Museum Collection of the National Academy of Art – Sofia, Dimitar Dobrotich City Art Gallery – Sliven, University Library Johann Christian Senckenberg - Frankfurt, Svetlin Roussev Donative Exhibition, Pleven, Stanislav Dospevski Art Gallery – Pazardzhik, Sofia Opera and Ballet`s Archive, Ivan Vazov National Theatre`s Archive, Private collections The documentary Pencho Georgiev, 1981, directed by Petko Konstantinov, scriptwriter Alexander Beshkov, can also be seen as part of the exhibition courtesy of the Archive Collection of BNT. A catalogue in Bulgarian and English is provided as well.

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