National Gallery for Foreign Arts, Sofia
National Gallery for Foreign Art has a great art collection, most of the exhibits are donated by private collectors. The building was designed by Shwanberger and used to be the State Printing House that was bombed during WWII but restored. It opened to the public as a museum in 1985.
There are numerous halls with different themes, usually focusing on a specific world area, Indian paintings and sculptures, Japanese prints, Buddist art, African art, Western Europe sculptures and paintings etc I refused to pay the extra ticket (10 leva while the ticket itself is 6 leva!) for using my camera although it hurts my VT feelings :)
It’s open Wednesday to Monday 11.00-18.30
The entrance fee is 6leva + 10leva for taking pictures!!! If you want to use a videocamera you must add 80 leva!
Free entrance last Monday of the month
A few steps away from the National Gallery we walked on the icy path (pic 2) and we saw the University building Kliment Ohridski (pic 3), a beautiful building that dates from 1906 designed by french architect Breanson. We loved the impressive facade, there are 2 statues of Evlogi and Christo Georgiev the donators of the university. The locals seem very proud of it, our local friends pointed at it before anything else...
The National Gallery for Foreign Art is one of my favourite museums in Sofia.
I think that it is one of the worthiest things left from the old communist regime. What I like about this gallery is the diversity of the exhibitions. You can see almost everything form ancient to contemporary art from all over the world - Asia, Africa, Europe and Latin America. Most of the items in the gallery are donated.
When was a child I spend there many hours making scaches. My favourite hall was the Traditional Indian Art. There is another one for Christian Indian Art but I didn’t like it that much.
Here is a list of the other halls I liked:
- Buddhist Art
- Japanese Art – you can see many lithographies there, including the Wave.
- African Art
There is also a great collection of graphics and impressionist paintings.
Here is an extract from the web-site quoted below:
The National Gallery for Foreign Art was opened to the public on 5 November1985 as an Art Gallery to the first International Foundation in Bulgaria, called now “St. St. Cyril and Methodius”.
It’s establishment marks a decade of hard work on the organisation and the collection. To the art-works of this new Gallery were also added those from the Foreign Art Collection of the National Art Gallery, the generous donations of private collectors as well as the “1300 Years Bulgarian State Fund”.
The silhouette of the building was designed by the Austrian architect Shwanberger. It used to be the State Printing House. Partially destroyed during the Second World War, and restored with the project of the Bulgarian architect Nicola Nicolov.
The most valuable art-works are displayed on 4000 sq. m. exhibition area spreading over three floors and eighteen halls, and submerging the visitor into the artistic atmosphere of a variety of cultures, countries and ages.
11:00 - 18:00
Closed on Tuesday
If you truly admire art, one day probably will not be enough.
I will check up and upload the info later :)
This beautiful white building was opened in 1985. It's a modern reconstruction of the State Printing House, a Neo-classical building that was destroyed in the Second World war. Inside it contains gifts made to the Bulgarian state by countries or private individuals. Highlights include a pastel drawing by Renoir and a lithograph by Picasso.
What you see on the picture is the Gallery of Foreign Art. I've been inside once and I remember seeing interesting masterpieces of renowned painters and artists. Too bad I don't remember what they were called... That happened years ago. I'm sure it's worth a visit nowadays.