THE NATIONAL GALLERY
BULGARIAN ARTISTS ABROAD
BORIS ELISEEV (1901–1978) and NIKOLAY DYULGEROV (1901–1982)
25 October – 20 November 2016
The Palace, Knyaz Alexander I Sq.
Under the title of ‘Bulgarian Artists Abroad’, the National Gallery presents to the public the oeuvre of significant artists who have achieved fulfilling artistic expression outside Bulgaria. The intention of consolidating the view on the actual scope of Bulgarian visual and plastic culture directs attention towards artists who have resided abroad not only for the period of their education or specialisation.
The first exhibition is dedicated to Boris Eliseev and Nikolay Dyulgerov. Different in their artistic flair, they are united by a genetic connection with the original cultural signature appearance of Kyustendil, where they received their first creative impulses on the cusp of the second and third decades of the twentieth century.
Boris Eliseev acquired his artistic education in Bulgaria as an alumnus of the State Academy of Arts, from which he graduated in 1925, under Profs. Nikola Marinov and Nikola Ganushev. He was actively involved in exhibition life, his participation in the events of the Society of New Artists being especially significant. Within this association, he established himself as an artist of considerable achievement in the fields of portraiture, still life, and landscape. From 1935 to 1936, he specialised in Warsaw in graphic art, under Prof. Wladyslaw Skoczylas. From 1937, he lived and worked in New York. During this period, he directed his creative efforts within the sphere of abstract painting and, in parallel, he also made a professional contribution to the field of applied graphics.
Nikolay Dyulgerov began his academic training in the early 1920s in Vienna and Dresden and, in 1923, moved to Weimar, where he studied at the Bauhaus. In 1926, he graduated from the Higher School of Architecture at the Albertina Academy in Turin. He settled in the great northern Italian cultural centre, and became actively involved in the work of the Futurists. It is with the second wave of this artistic movement that the significant presence of Nikolay Dyulgerov in the artistic life of Italy is connected. In his creative life, he combined the active expression of a painter and an architect with his explorations in the field of applied arts.
The National Gallery has realised this exhibition in partnership with the ‘Vladimir Dimitrov–The Master’ Art Gallery, Kyustendil.
For further information: Elitsa Terzieva – 0887 890 196