The exhibition “Meetings in Paris” – Vaska Emanouilova in the city of art in 1939 can be seen from February 9 to April 11, 2021.
Vernissage: February 9, Tuesday, 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
The exhibition “Meetings in Paris” focuses on an important topic, which unspokenly but categorically guides the trends in Bulgarian art from the second half of the twentieth century. For Bulgarian artists, imaginary Paris is the embodiment of “desired” European modernity, seeking support in the heritage of antiquity , oscillating between avant-garde and traditionalism.
In the summer of 1939, a large group of Bulgarian specialists met in the three-million world cultural center. “Bulgarian colony”. Among them is Vaska Emanouilova, whose trip was facilitated by the first secretary of the French Legation in Sofia, Jean Belen.
Together with Nenko Balkanski, Ivan Funev, Iliya Beshkov, Angel Valchanov, Kiril Krastev, Asen Raztsvetnikov, Vasil Gachev and many others, she visits museums, cathedrals, architectural monuments in Paris and the surrounding area. . Shortly before the German occupation of Paris, Vaska Emanouilova returned to Bulgaria and since then has been the most famous and productive Bulgarian female sculptor.
Vaska Emanouilova, Drawing from the Louvre (Source: Vaska Emanouilova Gallery)
The exhibition provides an opportunity for future research, and the reason for it is an unpublished manuscript by Vaska Emanouilova, in which she describes her journey and the vicissitudes of returning home.
There are 42 works (sculpture, drawings and paintings) by authors who lived in Paris in the 1930s or related to the “Parisian spirit” – Nenko Balkanski, Georgi Popov (John), Donka Konstantinova, Iliya Beshkov.
Vaska Emanouilova, Portrait of Madame Belen, 1936 Gallery (Source: Vaska Emanouilova Gallery)
Of particular interest is a hitherto unseen series of drawings, illustrations by Iliya Beshkov to the book “Paris, a novel-chronicle” by Todor Genov. Along with other works of Vaska Emanouilova from the gallery’s collection and private collections, which have not been shown so far, the notebooks in which she sketches her impressions of the Paris museums are also included.
K. Pancheva, V. Emanuilova, I. Beshkov, N. Balkanski, D. Dimov (front), Paris, 1939 (Source: Vaska Emanuilova Gallery)
The exhibition is carried out in partnership with the State Archives Agency and the French Institute in Bulgaria and with the support of the National Art Gallery, Hristo Tsokev Art Gallery – Gabrovo, Dimitar Dobrovich Art Gallery – Sliven, Art Gallery – Kazanlak and private collections.
Nenko Balkanski, Paris Window, (Source: Vaska Emanouilova Gallery)
Exhibition team: Galina Dekova, Evgenia Hristova
The vernissage will be held in compliance with the current anti-epidemiological measures!
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery (a branch of the Sofia City Art Gallery), 15 Yanko Sakazov Blvd.