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Sunday Salon 31  |  export: bulgaria 4  | Georgi Dimitrov

Saturation Point, London  | May 26, 2024

Contemporary geometric abstraction from Bulgaria

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The exhibition  presents a selection of works by eight Bulgarian artists, born between 1933 and 1980, which gives the audience an opportunity to explore a completely new terra incognita.  Bulgaria is one of the few European countries without an established tradition in the  field of geometric art. But since 2010, nonsofia has been creating social awareness by organising symposia, exhibitions, open lectures, film screenings and workshops for children.

Through these activities, the association has gradually succeeded in consolidating a local art community and bringing Bulgaria onto the world map of geometric abstraction.

In 2018 a historic breakthrough took place: the first edition of export: bulgaria was held at Kunsthaus Rehau (IKKP), at the invitation of Eugen Gomringer, the father of concrete poetry. That same year, Dóra Maurer initiated talks to showcase the selection of Bulgarian geometric art at the Vasarely museum, Budapest – an initiative  which eventually materialised in 2023.

Saturation Point is hosting the fourth edition of the Bulgarian geometric export in London in 2024. This British-Bulgarian collaboration, which will also produce an all-British exhibition in Sofia later in the year, became possible solely due to the friendship between Saturation Point and nonsofia which dates back to the exhibition orthogonal 16 :  international forum for constructive art, in Sofia in 2017.

export: bulgaria is a curatorial initiative conceived in 2018 by Bulgarian artist Georgi Dimitrov. Its 2024 edition is financially supported by the National Culture Fund of Bulgaria, and includes works made over the past thirty years by the following artists:

Boyan Chakarov, Georgi Dimitrov, Georgi Georgiev, Georgi Yanakiev, Kamen Kalev, Maria Chakarova, Petar Dochev and Viktor Vlaesku.