The Italian Cultural Institute of Sofia presents the exhibition “Risonanze. Hristo Berberov e la sua eredità” (Resonances. Hristo Berberov and his legacy) dedicated to the production of the Bulgarian painter (1875 – 1948) on the occasion of the 145th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
The exhibition is on display from 1 March to 2 April at the headquarters of the Union of Bulgarian Artists in Sofia.
The exhibition is of considerable importance in the context of the cultural dialogue between Italy and Bulgaria in light of the ample space it devotes to the relationship between the Bulgarian master and Luigi Bolongaro (Stresa 1874 – 1914 Pozzuoli).
Luigi Bolongaro came to Bulgaria at the end of the 19th century to teach drawing and calligraphy at the boys’ grammar school in Varna. He played an active part in the artistic life of the young Balkan nation in the last years of the century. Ten of his works (oil on canvas, sketches and drawings) are now part of the collection of the National Gallery in Sofia.
In 1898 Luigi Bolongaro took part in a national competition to mark the 20th anniversary of the Bulgarian War of Liberation. His entry was “Svishtov”, which was later included in an album with seven of his drawings, depicting monuments in the Svishtov region, portrayed together with the landscape and surrounding area.
A bilingual monograph on Berberov‘s life and work will be presented alongside the exhibition.
More information can be found at: iicsofia.esteri.it.