Love and Evil Minds
This is Alla Georgieva's first solo exhibition since 2003. Born in Ukraine, she has been living and working in Sofia for a number of years now. Titled Tales of Love, Great and Small, this exhibition is a departure from Alla's traditional form of expression - photography and video. Here she experiments with painting and drawing, enhanced by sound flowing within the gallery space. Georgieva examines whether love has any limitations or borders when it comes to historical figures such as Lenin, Hitler and Stalin. These men, normally associated with evil deeds, Georgieva has depicted as romantic lovers, loving fathers and good and faithful husbands.
Until December 20; at ARC Projects, 90 Vitosha Blvd, fourth floor, Sofia
Known as a successful graphic artist, with this solo exhibition Robert Barumov reveals a new dimension to his talent, that of a painter. He has titled it ArTchitectura, mplying his desire to escape from the concrete boxes many people dwell in. The artist presents an idea of how the surrounding environment can be interpreted through artistic means.
Until December 12; at Paris, 8 Parizh Str, Sofia
The World of
Ivanka Sokerova (1926-1993) is a little known artistic figure of admirable stoicism, for she had to endure a great deal of misfortune. Expected to become a talented pianist, at 12 she fell victim to a terrible illness that paralysed her right hand for the rest of her life. Later, Sokerova studied sculpture under Marko Markov. Working only with her left hand, the artist creates ceramic pieces, collages, drawings and writing.
Until December 15; at Sariev Gallery, 40 Otets Paisii Str, Plovdiv
From Your Daughter with Love
Iva Yaranova has titled her exhibition Happy Birthday, Mom. Always marked by some dramatic feeling, her paintings are stylised stories of her deep sensitivity and perception of the world. Ridden by sometimes frightening symbolism, Yaranova's works reveal a tremendous talent.
Until December 20; at 16a Iskur Str (entrance from Budapeshta Str), Sofia
Save the Planet, and Bulgaria
In co-operation with the House For Human Rights, the Czech Cultural Centre in Sofia presents Out of Balance - ExxonMobil's Impact on Climate Change. A film by American director Tom Jackson, it tells the story of how petrol corporations damage the environment without reinvesting any funds to offset it. After the screening, there will be a discussion to ram the point home, addressing Bulgaria's overbuilding and lack of concern about its environmental consequences.
December 10, 6pm; at the Czech Cultural Centre, 100 GS Rakovski Str, Sofia
A private archaeological collection of more than 400 objects will be on display for the enjoyment of guests and residents of Bulgaria's Black Sea capital. These items feature the only preserved example of a glass horn of plenty (cornucopia) in the country, dating back to the third to fourth century CE; a golden ornament from 12th to 11th BCE; and a silver head of Roman emperor Marcus Salvius Otho (32 to 69 CE), among others. The treasures belong to brothers Atanas and Plamen Bobokovi, from Rousse, who have been collecting such items for about 20 years. The Bobokovi brothers are the founders of the first numismatic museum in Bulgaria, the fourth such in Europe.
Until April 2009; at the Varna Archaeological Museum, 41 Maria Louisa Blvd, Varna
Buy yourself a little painting
The Victoria auction house is organising its 15th auction of the works of classic Bulgarian and European painters. On offer are 130 paintings, with the opening bid prices set at considerably low prices, with the idea gradually to reach their market value. Until December 12, the works can be seen at Victoria Gallery, where potential clients may receive an expert opinion. Bidding can also be conducted in writing or by telephone. Some of the painters featured include Roussi Ganchev, Nikola Tanev, Todor Poptoshev, Luka Perfanov, Dimitar Kirov, Atanas Yaranov, Ivan Nenov, Svetlin Roussev, Alfonso Sanz, Leonard Foujita, Georges Braque, Yosi Stern and Ben Avram.
December 10, 6pm; the auction is at Sredets Hall of the Sheraton Hotel, Sofia