ARCHIVES 2015

BORIS DIMOVSKI: TO GABROVIANS - WITH LOVE - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Cartoons
/22 October, 2015, Asenovgrad Town Library/

The exhibition celebrates the 90th anniversary of the birth of the notable Bulgarian cartoonist and honorary citizen of Gabrovo BORIS DIMOVSKI. On display are 30 boards of copies of cartoons by Dimovski housed in the Humour of the Peoples art collection.

The selected collection by no means exhausts the rich legacy left by Boris Dimovski to the House of Humour and Satire and the town of Gabrovo. His work is the artistic design of the exhibition The Roots of Gabrovo Humour visitors to the museum step in first; the mosaics in the museum interior; the typical Gabrovo souvenirs; the textile tapestries of The Garden of Eden and the donkey. The House of Humour and Satire treasures 400 oeuvres by Dimovski shown in different editions of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, solo and themed exhibitions in Gabrovo and in many other places.

Boris Dimovski's contacts with Gabrovo date back to the 1960s. He was one of the first Sofia-based artists and cartoonists whose work appeared on the pages of the local newspaper Balkansko zname. Later on he illustrated the broadly popular collection Gabrovo Anecdotes which, printed simultaneously in English, German, Russian and French, put Gabrovo on the map of world humour. Indisputable was Boris Dimovski's contribution to the spirit of the Gabrovo carnival enlivening the town with his numerous drawings on posters, in shop windows, streets and squares.

A student of Iliya Beshkov's, Dimovski was not solely a cartoonist. He also authored satirical texts and aphorisms; illustrated books; worked for the theatre, TV and cinematography. He would remain as a highly imaginative artist and a sagacious Bulgarian in the memory of the generations to come.

GABROVO JOKES - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Paintings, cartoons
/July 22, 2015, Parliament Members Club, Bulgarian National Assembly, Sofia/

On the occasion of the 155 years since Gabrovo was proclaimed a town the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE was invited to display an exhibition at the Bulgarian National Assembly. What more suitable themed collection than the one entitled Gabrovo Jokes could best present Gabrovo humour - the town's intagible cultural heritage which lives on in the contemporary interpretations of Bulgarian and foreign artists alike!

The exhibition comprises 15 paintings by Bulgarian artists among whom are Gabrovo-born Mara Atanasova, Dragan Nemtsov, Minyo Bonev, Yordanka Shiyakova and Stefan Monev. The symbols of Gabrovo humour glow brightly from the canvases of Valchan Petrov and Keazim Isinov while Gabrovo honorable citizen Boris Dimovski has literally eternalized Gabrovo jokes and anecdotes in a series of illustrations and the Adam and Eve-Gabrovians tapestries designed by him. Since Gabrovo humour has long been criss-crosssing the globe, the organizers of the exhibition have included two canvases by foreign artists: Sexy Night at the House of Humour by Mexican artist Gilda Solis and Garden with a Cat by Feliks Buttner from Germany.

Gabrovo humour is a valuable currency that crosses borders freely and is always sought after by friends, fans and like-minded people.


LONG LIVE THE CARNIVAL! - EXHIBITS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES COLLECTION
Masks, costumes, carnival accessories, photographs, posters
/July 16, 2015, Cultural Centre THE PALACE, Balchik/

It is the second time that the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE has shown samples of its rich collection at the Cultural Centre THE PALACE. The current exhibition celebrates 155 years since Gabrovo was offically proclaimed a town (1860), therefore its focal point is the long carnival tradition that has made the town's reputation as a place with a sense of humour.

The specific features of the Gabrovo carnival are revealed through a selection of masks, costumes, carnival accessories, photographed masquerades from more than 85 years ago and posters. The variety of the carnival subject matter is illustrated by exhibits related to a decades-old partnership between Gabrovo and the Belgian carnival city of Aalst, as well as colour brochures and carnival attributes from Austria, Belgium, Spain, Italy, Germany, France and Switzerland.

Belgian carnivalists believe that the carnival is nothing short of love, once you fall in it, it is for good. For Gabrovo citizens the "Fifth" season of the year - the carnival one, is a time to open their hearts for merriment and fun after many a day of toiling away and saving.


THE SOUL HAS THE SHAPE OF A HEART - WORKS from the HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Photographs
/June 22 - August 31, 2015, Mall GABROVO/

'To love all ages yield surrender' is the messgae this thematic collection comprising 30 funny photographs by photographers from 13 countries - a real summer feast for the eyes of all Gabrovovians and visitors to Gabrovo - is trying to suggest. The works are part of the Humour of the Peoples museum collection, and except for works by European photographers the exhibition includes also works by photographers from Iran, South Korea, Vietnam and Malaysia. Bulgaria is represented by the indisputable master in the genre Zafer Galibov. Black-and-white or colour, the photographs have become part of the art collection of the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE as entries in the different editions of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts. Some of them have been prize-winning works in Photographs section; others have been simply donated to the Museum after varoius solo shows.

The exhibition The Soul Has the Shape of a Heart aims to warm up the souls and open widely the hearts of all citizens of Gabrovo and all holiday-makers whose summer itinerary takes them through the humour capital.


BULGARIAN CARTOON - CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS - 20th-21st c. - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Cartoons
/June 5, 2015, Gradishte 1907 Community Centre, Svoge/

The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is showing a selection of Bulgarian cartoons drawn over the last and the current centuries and housed in the Humour of the Peoples museum core collection. Though small in size, the collection features 16 illustrious Bulgarian masters of cartooning whose significant contribution to the development of this kind of art is indisputable. The exhibition is part of the Iskar gorge festival - a traditional event organized jointly by the municipalities of Svoge, Mezdra and Novi Iskar.

Among the artists on display stand out the names of the "founding fathers" of Bulgarian cartoon led by Aleksandar Bozhinov (1878-1968). He was not only a cartoonist, but a journalist, a graphic artist, a painter, a scenographer, a book illustrator and designer, an art critic and a satirical plastic art sculptor as well - an all-rounded personality and a potent mix of talent. Side by side with him is another versatile figure - that of Iliya Beshlov (1901-1958), with his antimilitary series followed by Boris Angelushev (1902-1966). The latter is known for his graphic interpretation of the Bulgarian literary character Uncle Ganyo. Marko Behar (1914-1973) is shown joking with the diabolical and the devine; Rayko Aleksiev (1893-1944) figures in the exhibition with two early satirical drawings.

The exhibition pays due respect also to cartoonists who happened to work in the second half of the 20th century (Tenyu Pindarev, Tsvetan Tsekov-Karandash, K. Dragostinov), as well as to contemporaries like Georgi Chaushov, Stefan Despodov, Lyubomir Mihaylov, Anatoliy Stankulov, Ivan Kutuzov, Rumen Dragostinov, Hristo Komarnitski and Valentin Georgiev. The House of Humour and Satire enjoys the privilege to have them as friends and long-standing collaborators in its efforts to support and promote Bulgarian cartoon in this country and across the globe. Parts of the exhibition have already been shown in China and Poland.


THE JOLLY FELLOW FROM SKRINYANO - ONE-ARTIST SHOW OF CLASSIC BULGARIAN ARTIST STOYAN VENEV (1904- 1989)
Paintings
/May 16, 2015, Regional History Museum, Blagoevgrad/

The exhibition features only 24 canvases by the great Bulgarian master painter, but the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is proud to possess one of the largest collections of paintings, drawings and cartoons by Stoyan Venev in Bulgaria. Its amassment started as early as the museum opened. The result is 42 original paintings and 147 drawings and cartoons which are housed in the Humour of the Peoples art collection. The better part of the works was purchased, but there are two canvases donated to the House of Humour and Satire by a foreign collector.

Stoyan Venev is an easily recognizable artist whose love for the Bulgarian village and land, for the regular fellows with their traditions, festivals and merriment, literally glows in bright, primary colours. It would hardly be an exaggeration to say that Venev's canvases, drawings and cartoons paint an unrivalled portrait of the Bulgarian spirit, of the Bulgarian sense of humour and self-irony springing as if from the depths of the land, that have helped Bulgarians survive many a distress.


WINE AND LAUGHTER - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Cartoons
/March 20, 2015, Krastatata kazarma Museum, Vidin/

The themed collection comprising 31 cartoons by 24 artists from 13 countries is to be one of the highlights of the Festival HISTORY AND WINE that will open the tourist season in the town of Vidin on the Danube. The invitation to show the exhibition was extended to the House of Humour and Satire by the Vidin Municipality and the Regional History Museum.

The favourable subject matter of the cartoons aims neither to encourage nor to castigate the worshippers of Dianysus or Bacchus, but solely to amuse. The Bulgarian national attitude to the "blessed drink" flows out first from the five works by the great Boris Dimovski. Cartoonist Georgi Chalakov entertains with stories about barrels, household "drama" and self-criticism offered by a fan of the drink. The works of the women cartoonists Maya Cholakova and Nezhna Filipova are imbued with poetry, philosophy and good-natured banter with the lovestruck couple. Contrary to all expectations, the cartoons of the Balkan artists do not reveal savage passions, but unfold well-considered and exquisite storylines.

Whether more humans have drowned in the drink than in the sea is a matter that has stirred the imagination of cartoonists from Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Greece, Iran, Spain, Italy, Latvia, Romania, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine and France. In truth, one thing remains without doubt, i.e., as long as the world goes round, the topic of wine stays timesless.


50 YEARS WILL NOT DO: GABROVO CARNIVAL - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Posters, photographs
/November 11 - December 31, 2015, Room 5/

The exhibition honours the 50th anniversary of the First Humour and Satire Week held in Gabrovo in 1965. Posters and photographs housed in the Humour of the Peoples art collection turn the clock back reviving the childhood and youth years of generations of Gabrovo citizens who are said to be good at labouring and celebrating alike turning their workdays into versicoloured festivals.

Part of the photographs on show have captured the motley mutitudinous streets and squares of Gabrovo in the first years following the revival of the carnival and its growing into a national event of humour and satire. Another part brings back to life moments of the fancy-dress town parties held in the 1930s. In them stand out emblematic personalities like Aleksandar Kerkov who left his own imprint on the history of Gabrovo carnival as a conductor of a school bugle band and a commentator on the then socialist reality. The present-day development of the carnival is reflected in the photographs of the mini carnival designed for the youngest participants which always precedes the big, colourful, high-spirited parade in the streets and the squares of Gabrovo.


SHADES OF CARNIVAL URUGUAY - GUEST EXHIBITION
Photographs
/November 11 - December 31, 2015, Room 5/

The exhibition is part of the festivities held to celebrate the date of November 11 - the start of the Fifth Season of the Year in Gabrovo - the carnival one. What surprise Gabrovo Municipality is about to spring on its citizens is still a secret, but it's neither a secret nor surprsie that the fame of Gabrovo as a European carnival city has reached the far-flung South American country Uruguay.

A collection of black-and-white and colour photographs, provided with the kind cooperation of the Consulate of Uruguay in Bulgaria, takes visitors to the House of Humour and Satire on an imaginary journey to a singular carnival fiesta. It combines the Hispanic tradition of the murgas (group of musicians) with the African tradition imported with the slaves in colonial times in the so called Calls Parade (Llamadas). The Uruguayan carnival is essentially theatrical, for it includes dozens of outdoor stages set up in many places throughout the city where various carnival ensembles show nightly performances for the public enjoyment. The first stage was set up in 1890, but already in 1930 there were three hundred stages only in Montevideo. The Uruguayan carnival is also the longest in the world - for forty days, from late January to early March, the carnival god lives among the Uruguayans. As to the number of the tickets sold, the carnival beats all the other year-round cultural and sporting events put together, including football.

CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION - MEDIA INDEPENDENCE IN THE EYES OF BELGIAN AND BULGARIAN CARTOONISTS - GUEST EXHIBITION
Cartoons
/October 1- November 5, 2015, Room 6/

The hot topical subject matter is being tackled by 15 Bulgarian and 13 Belgian artists and editorial cartoonists. Numerous are the questions they are trying to offer answers to: the freedom of present-day media; the price and the limits of free expression and speech; censure and autocensure; journalists' ethics while covering dramatic events.

The exhibition is organized by the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in cooperation with St.St. Cyril and Methodius National Library. Section CARTOON to the Union of Bulgarian Artists presents works by some of the most prolific editorail cartoonists in this country: Chavdar Nikolov, Iliyan Savkov, Ivaylo Ninov, Ivailo Tsvetkov, Lyubomir Mihaylov and others.

The event opens the programme of the sixth edition of the Funny Film Fest - Gabrovo 2015 (12-19 October) and will be personally inaugurated by H.E .Mrs. Anick Van Calster, Amabassador of H.M. the King of the Belgians to Bulgaria.

CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
BORIS DIMOVSKI: TO GABROVIANS - WITH LOVE - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Cartoons, illustrations, caricatures
/October 1- November 5 , 2015, Room 6/

The exhibition celebrates the 90th anniversary of the birth of the notable Bulgarian cartoonist and honorary citizen of Gabrovo BORIS DIMOVSKI. On display are 241 original works - cartoons, maxims, sketches and caricatures - some of which make their first appearance in the museum exhibition rooms.

The selected collection by no means exhausts the rich legacy left by Boris Dimovski to the House of Humour and Satire and the town of Gabrovo. His work is the artistic design of the exhibition The Roots of Gabrovo Humour visitors to the museum step in first; the mosaics in the museum interior; the typical Gabrovo souvenirs; the textile tapestries of The Garden of Eden and the donkey. The House of Humour and Satire treasures 400 oeuvres by Dimovski shown in different editions of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, solo and themed exhibitions in Gabrovo and in many other places.

Boris Dimovski's contacts with Gabrovo date back to the 1960s. He was one of the first Sofia-based artists and cartoonists whose work appeared on the pages of the local newspaper Balkansko zname. Later on he illustrated the broadly popular collection Gabrovo Anecdotes which, printed simultaneously in English, German, Russian and French, put Gabrovo on the map of world humour. Indisputable was Boris Dimovski's contribution to the spirit of the Gabrovo carnival enlivening the town with his numerous drawings on posters, in shop windows, streets and squares.

A student of Iliya Beshkov's, Dimovski was not solely a cartoonist. He also authored satirical texts and aphorisms; illustrated books; worked for the theatre, TV and cinematography. He would remain as a highly imaginative artist and a sagacious Bulgarian in the memory of the generations to come.

CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
DREAMING OF BUSINESS - HELLA MATTHES AT THE HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE
Sculptural composition
/October 1- November 5, 2015, Room 6/

As a rare bird in the autumn cartoonists' descent stand out Austrian artist HELLA MATTHES's sculptural composition entitled Dreaming of Business. Born in Germany, Matthes defines her work as a free interpretation of our dynamic time. The work speaks of the people who look on post-1989 Europe as a source of hope for more freedom, wealth and prosperity in life.

Hella Matthes's major line of business is joinery; however, she is equally interested and engaged in the shadow theatre, the puppet and street theatre and the theatre of improvisation. She participates in exhibitions of applied arts and crafts.

STRAIGHT IN THE EYE - SOLO SHOW OF TEODOSIY BALABANOV, BULGARIA
Posters
/8 October - 14 November, 2015, Room 7/

The exhibition is comprised of 30 posters made over the last years on varied occasions or as entries in graphic competitions. The Gabrovo-born artist is a popular figure with the Gabrovo public because of his promotional materials designed specially for the Gabrovo carnival. Therefore, the Gabrovo subject matter is widely used in the exhibition, but far from being the only one. The works on show reveal the artist's commitment to and stance on global issues like war and peace, terrorism, racial discrimination, corruption, economic dependence, parliamentarism and immigration. Posters of theatre and opera performances, as well as such related to Red Cross campaigns complement the collection.

Teodosiy Balabanov has graduated in Graphic art and design from the Saints Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje, Macedonia. He works in the field of graphic design, poster art, graphic art and painting. Balabanov has had numerous entries in national and international poster and graphic design fora. He has been an entrant in the last four editions of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Art in Gabrovo.


CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
40th NATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBITION - SOFIA 2015
Cartoons
/1 October - 30 December, 2015, Room 5/

Yet another year the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is opening its autumn salon with a large-scale cartoon event under the heading Cartoonists' Descent 2015. It encompasses 6 exhibitions of more than 500 cartoons by 62 artists from near and far. By the end of the year the better part of the museum exhibition rooms will remain territory literally occupied by selected collections from studios and international contests held by partners of the House of Humour and Satire. Fans of cartoon, satirical drawing and caricature are sure to enjoy samples of the best contemporary achievements of world cartooning.

A selected collection of 145 cartoons by 23 Bulgarian artists transports the 40th National Cartoon Exhibition - Sofia 2015 to Gabrovo and the House's exhibition rooms. The traditional review of contemporary Bulgarian cartoon reflects the topicality of the day with its major highlights - the refugee crisis, the judicial and education reforms, household crime, the outrage on Bulgarian roads, sports failures, to mention but a few. Political satire and caricatures of popular public figures abound in the collection.

CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
BARBED PARADOXES - ONE-ARTIST SHOW OF JOVCHO SAVOV, BULGARIA
Cartoons
/1 October - 31 December, 2015, Room 5/

Cartoonist JOVCHO SAVOV is the 13th consecutive winner of the special prize given by the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE at the annual National Cartoon Exhibition in Sofia. His current show at the museum is part of the prize.

Educated in architecture, Jovcho Savov started drawing cartoons and having them printed as early as his university years. His first publications established him as a master in the genre whereas the over 40 prizes awarded to him at competitions and contests in Bulgaria, Argentina, Italy, China, Korea, Costa Rica, Macedonia, Paraguay, Romania, Slovakia, Turkey, Ukraine, Croatia and Japan rank him among the most winning Bulgarian cartoonists. His first contact with the House of Humour can be traced back to 1975 when he won the special prize for cartoon at the Second International Biennial of Cartoon and Small Satirical Sculpture. Today the Humour of the Peoples art collection houses 13 works of his from different years.

Jovcho Savov's style of cartooning is easy to recognize. His works contain a great deal of philosophical implied meaning since he is committed not only to highlighting the global concerns of the day - ecology, immigration, poverty - but to his stance of an active citizen and artist. Therefore, he is convinced that on the backdrop of "this filty world we live in cartoons bring in cheerfulness and man can even smile in spite of it all."

CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
CITY AND CITIZEN - GUEST EXHIBITION OF THE INTERNATIONAL CITY AND CITIZEN CARTOON CONTEST, TABRIZ, IRAN
Cartoons
/1 October - 30 December, 2015, Room 5/

The guest exhibition features a selected collection of the best works shown in the five editions of the contest - 43 cartoons by 36 artists from Brazil, China, Colombia, Luxemburg, Mexico, Russia, Turkey, Romania, Serbia, Ukraine, Iran, as well as Bulgaria. Participants in the fifth edition of the City and Citizen contest have been Bulgarian cartoonists Anatoliy Stankulov, Tsocho Peev, Trayko Popov, Valentin Georgiev, Dilyan Dochev and Zheko Markov.

Similar urban issues seem to concern the cartoonists in the world and be the butt of their unsparing criticism: ecology; conservation and breathing in life into urban spaces; transport and traffic problems; violation of the rules of the road; air pollution; poverty and beggars.

Cartoonist RAHIM ASGHARI - organizer of the International City and Citizen Cartoon Contest - is showing a solo display. Born in Tabriz, Asghari holds a Bachalor's Degree in psychology, but as early as his 20s he dedicated himself to cartooning. He is founder and member of the Tabriz Cartoonists Association. In 2000 he was elected to chair the Association; later on he became president of the Iranian group of FECO (Federation of the Cartoonists Organizations).


22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
ONE-ARTIST SHOW OF CEMALETTIN YILDIZ, TURKEY
Posters
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Stefan Fartunov Room/

Turkish poster artist CEMALETTIN YILDIZ won the Golden Aesop Grand Prix at the 21st International Biennial - Gabrovo 2013. As a Grand Prix winner and in accordance with the regulations of the award he avails himself of his right to show a solo exhibition of 22 posters at the 22nd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts - 2015.

Born in Eskisehir, Yildiz graduated from the Engineering Technical School in his native place and did Graphic Design at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Anadolu University. In 1996 he received a M.A. degree from Anadolu University's Graduate School of Social Sciences, Graphic Design Department where he works as a lecturer. He works also as a visual consultant for some private companies.

Cemalettin Yildiz has been an entrant in a number of national and international design exhibitions and competitions; author of scientific studies on the significance and history of graphic design. He holds 16 degrees, first and second prizes from logo and eblem design competitions held by the municipalities of Bursa, Eskisehir and Erzurum, the Anadolu University, as well as by the universities in Tunceli, Cankiri and Pamukkale. After winning the Golden Aesop Grand Prix he focuses more efforts and time on his social poster art designs.

22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Paintings
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Stefan Fartunov Room/


The exhibition features 109 works by 75 artists from 9 countries.


22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
CREATED BY THE JURY MEMBERS
Cartoons, sculpture, paintings, graphics, posters, photographs
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Stefan Fartunov Room/


Third consecutive edition of the Gabrovo International Biennial has a reserved place for the art of the International jury members. The group exhibition includes three works each by Prof. Todor Vardzhiev (posters), Desislava Dikova (paintings), Valeriu Kurtu (cartoons, Germany), Chavdar Georgiev (cartoons), Krastyu Todorov (paintings), Galina Pavlova (graphic works), Assoc.Prof. Emil Bachiyski (sculpture), Svetoslav Dragiev (photographs) and Yordanka Shiyakova (paintings).

22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Sculpture
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Rooms Stefan Fartunov, 5, 6, 7/


The exhibition features 82 works by 62 sculptors from 7 countries.


22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Cartoons
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Room 5/


The exhibition features 193 works by 148 cartoonists from 40 countries.


22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Posters
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Room 5/


The exhibition features 92 works by 57 artists from 11 countries.

22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Graphics
/16 май - 30 септември, 2015, Зала 6/


The exhibition features 134 graphic works by 85 artists from 21 countries.



22nd INTERNATIONAL BIENNIAL OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE IN THE ARTS - 2015
Photographs
/May 16 - September 30, 2015, Room 7/


The exhibition features 113 works by 84 photographers from 15 countries.


BULGARIAN CARTOON - CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS - 20th-21st c. - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Cartoons
/March 12, 2015, Botevgrad History Museum/

The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is showing a selection of Bulgarian cartoons drawn over the last and the current centuries and housed in the Humour of the Peoples museum core collection. Though small in size, the collection features 16 illustrious Bulgarian masters of cartooning whose significant contribution to the development of this kind of art is indisputable. The exhibition opens at the History Museum in Botevgrad on the eve of the 43rd birthday of the House of Humour and Satire.

Among the artists on display stand out the names of the "founding fathers" of Bulgarian cartoon led by Aleksandar Bozhinov (1878-1968). He was not only a cartoonist, but a journalist, a graphic artist, a painter, a scenographer, a book illustrator and designer, an art critic and a satirical plastic art sculptor as well - an all-rounded personality and a potent mix of talent. Side by side with him is another versatile figure - that of Iliya Beshlov (1901-1958), with his antimilitary series followed by Boris Angelushev (1902-1966). The latter is known for his graphic interpretation of the Bulgarian literary character Uncle Ganyo. Marko Behar (1914-1973) is shown joking with the diabolical and the devine; Rayko Aleksiev (1893-1944) figures in the exhibition with two early satirical drawings.

The exhibition pays due respect also to cartoonists who happened to work in the second half of the 20th century (Tenyu Pindarev, Tsvetan Tsekov-Karandash, K. Dragostinov), as well as to contemporaries like Georgi Chaushov, Stefan Despodov, Lyubomir Mihaylov, Anatoliy Stankulov, Ivan Kutuzov, Rumen Dragostinov, Hristo Komarnitski and Valentin Georgiev. The House of Humour and Satire enjoys the privilege to have them as friends and long-standing collaborators in its efforts to support and promote Bulgarian cartoon in this country and across the globe. Parts of the exhibition have already been shown in China and Poland.


ADAM'S RIB: gossips, illusions, temptations - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Paintings, sculpture
/January 20 - March 31, 2015, STEFAN FARTUNOV Room /

"Grab your Eve and come to immerse yourselves in this gorgeous exhibition at the cost of one admission ticket!

This eye-catching offer of the House of Humour and Satire concerns the newly assembled large-scale themed collection comprising 90 paintings and sculpture pices from 11 countries - part of the museum core collection. The selected works by 41 Bulgarian and 21 foreign artists unravel the multifaceted image of the woman with her foibles, sectets, joys, fantasies, love torments, flirts and tempations. Executed in a variety of styles, the works echo a profound veneration and love for present-day Eve who deftly juggles with the roles of a mother, daughter, wife, friend and lover in a world still dominated by men. The exhibition Adam's Rib is a compound portrait of the perfect woman. The erotic charge and bright-colour scheme of the works on show give an unequivocal answer to the speculation what the world would have lost had God spared Adam's rib.

Among the Bulgarian artists on show stand out the names of Vasil Valev, Nikolay Karamfilov, Dimitar Voynov, Zdravko Stefanov, Stavri Kalinov, Petyo Aleksandrov, Kalina Atanasova, Milena Yoich, Dariya Vasilyanska, Syuleyman Seferov, Anatoliy Stankulov, and others. The foreign team includes Javier Peraza (Uruguay), Joze Peternelj (Slovenia), Laszlo Tank (Hungary), Gosia Malgorzata Korenkiewicz (Poland), Maria Ganoczy (Hungary), Leendert Kriens (the Netherlands), Carlos Perez Bucio (France), to mention but a few.


GABROVO JOKES - THEMED EXHIBITION OF WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Paintings, graphic works, cartoons
/February 5 - April 30, 2015, Room 5/

No, the title of the exhibition does not suggest a literary display of printed edtitions of the verbal wealth that has hallmarked the history of the town of Gabrovo. It is a fact that in the form of jokes and anecdotes Gabrovo folklore humour has travelled round the world in more than 25 languages reaching even the Land of the Rising Sun two years ago. However, the current exhibition has a different aim. It is to reveal the influence of this local intangible cultural heritage on artists from Bulgaria and abroad who have been inspired by the jokes and anecdotes told about Gabrovians.

The themed collection Gabrovo Jokes celebrates 155 years since Gabrovo was proclaimed a town and features 230 canvases, graphic works and cartoons by 28 artists from 5 countries.

One can say that the exhibition focal point is the work of Bulgarian artist Boris Dimovski - over 200 drawings, illustrations and cartoons which seem to be disclosing the unwritten history of the House of Humour and Satire. Infallible in detecting the initial ups and downs, insights, hopes and ambitions at the very dawn of institution, Dimovski has perpetuated the time-tested traits of the Gabrovo dweller that have made him a tough and resilient Bulgarian character. It is in Dimovski's early caricatures (1973) that the House's first director Stefan Furtunov is portrayed as a lonesome Sisyphus shouldering the heavy burden of building up one home for satirists and humorists from across the globe.

The exhibition encompasses illustrations of Gabrovo anecdotes by Plamen Penov and Rositsa Racheva; paintings by Gabrovo artists Mara Atanasova, Dragan Nemtsov, Minyu Bonev and Yordanka Shiyakova. Imaginative interpretations of the phenomenon Gabrovo jokes have been made by Bulgarian cartoonsits Georgi Chalakov, Rumen Dragostinov, Ivaylo Ninov, Stoyan Dechev, Ivailo Tsvetkov and Dosyu Stolarov. And if for Bulgarian artists the humour of Gabrovo is by far more familiar to understand, artists like Feliks Buttner and Wolfgang Schlege from Germany and Gilda Solis from Mexico have resorted to a pinch of magical realism in order to convey the wisdom encoded in the Gabrovo jokes and anecdotes.


DON'T GROW OLDER, LOVE! - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Photographs, sculpture
/February 9 - April 30, 2015, Room 5/

A themed collection of 66 photographs by 58 photographers from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Belarus, Great Britain, Vietnam, Germany, Iran, Lithuania, Latvia, Malaysia, Norway, Russia, Romania, Turkey, Hungary, Ukraine, France, Czech Republic, Finland, Switzerland, South Korea, Japan and Bulgaria features the reactions of people in love from all over the world.

The subject matter of love is a bottomless spring of inspiration for photographers of all generations. Captured in their B&W and colour photographs are people who have long known the magic of love; others are being in love right now; third are hoping to be suddenly overtaken by love tomorrow. A handful of lucky ones enjoy amorousness as a permanent state of life. For who would voluntarily say no to the sweet captivity of love?! It is the emotion that lends a special essence and colour to human existence. And if cynics insist that money makes the world go round, romantics beleive that it is love that does it.

Three-dimentional interpretations of the timeless topic of love can be seen in the works of six Bulgarian sculptors: Dimitar Rashkov, Dimitar Sotirov, Georgi Chapkanov, Petyo Aleksandrov, Plamen Bratanov and Petko Yordanov.

FELLOW TOWNSMEN OF OLD AND NOW - GUEST EXHIBITION
Children's drawings
/April 1 - 20, 2015, Room 6/

The exhibition celebrates 125 years of the birth of beloved Bulgarian humorist and artist Chudomir and features the work of students trained at Art-line school in the town of Kazanlak under the guidance of Vanya Zapryanova. 38 talented young artists show 56 drawings inspired by Chudomir's favourite characters.

Art-line school opened in 2001. It offers instruction in fine and applied arts to children and adults. It is curious to note that the school has created the longest drawing in Kazanlak (20 m), and then has initiated and brought off the longest drawing in Bulgaria (1 000 m). A few books have been illustrated with drawings by children attending Art-line. The school has put on exhibitions in Moscow, St. Petersburg and Munakata (Japan). The young artists hold prizes from competitions in Japan, Ukraine, Russia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Belgium.

This is the first time Art-line school has shown an exhibition at the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE. The event is an item on the festive programme celebrating 1st April - the museum's birthday.


FECO - 30 YEARS OF UNITED CARTOONISTS - INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION
Cartoons
/April 1 - 30, 2015, Room 7/

The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is organizer of and host to an international cartoon exhibition celebrating 30 years since the inception of the FEderation of Cartoonists Organizations in the world (FECO). The exhibition features 60 works by 30 representatives of FECO-organizations from 14 countries including Bulgaria. The House of Humour and Satire is a collective member of the organization that has long expanded beyond the boundaries of Europe attracting members from Australia, Japan, Egypt, Argentina, Israel, Taiwan, Korea and Iran.

The FEderation of Cartoonists Organizations was set up as Federation of European Cartoonists Organizations in 1984 by Peter Nieuwendijk (Chairman of the Dutch Cartoon Association), Bob Vincke (Chairman of the Belgian Cartoon Association), Les Lilley (Chairman of the Cartoonists Club of Great Britain), Ane Vasilevsky (Chairman of the Macedonian Cartoonists' Association) and Senad Serdarevic (Chairman of the Croatian Cartoonists' Association). In 1985 Peter Nieuwendijk became FECO's first President General. The FECO logo was designed by British cartoonist and international prizewinner Roland Fiddy. The organization runs its own magazine - FECONEWS and website. FECO's current President General is Mr. Bernard Bouton (France) who is expected to inaugurate the exhibition in person.

FECO - 30 Years of United Cartoonists is a focal point in the festive programme to celebrate 1st April - the birthday of the House of Humour and Satire. The complete collection can be seen HERE, but every exhibitor will receive a complimentary copy of a colour brochure of the exhibition.
THE WORLD LASTS BECAUSE IT LAUGHS - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
Posters
/March 3 - 28, 2015, Room 6/

The exhibition is yet another event held by the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE to honour 155 years since Gabrovo was proclaimed a town. It seeks answers to the timeless question of how the world could survive. Nineteen poster artists from Bulgaria, Iran and Japan offer an unequivocal answer - the easiest way is through smiling and laughter. The displayed 34 posters from the museum collection create a fascinating universe of smiling human faces, stylized characters and allegories hiding in familiar objects. Among the artists on show are former winners of poster prizes from the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts like Milena Abanos, Lyuba Tomova and Nenko Atanasov.

The heading of the exhibition is hardly an accidental decision. The catchphrase and Museum's emblematic motto The World Lasts Because It Laughs was authored by Bulgarian poet and satirist Radoy Ralin who was commissioned to hammer out a proper dictum for the Museum by the House's first director Stefan Furtunov. The first public acknowledgement of The World Latsts Because It Laughs was in the catalogue-album of the First International Biennial of Cartoon and Small Satirical Sculpture in 1973. Since then the motto has won the hearts of thousands of followers, friends and partners of the House of Humour and Satire.

BULGARIAN CARTOON - CLASSIC AND CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS - 20th-21st c. - WORKS FROM THE HUMOUR OF THE PEOPLES ART COLLECTION
/December 2, 2014 - February 22, 2015, Museum of Cartoon Art and Caricature, Warsaw, Poland/

The exhibition is the last for the current year manifestation of the friendly contacts and traditional cultural exchange between the Museum of Cartoon Art and Caricature in Warsaw and the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE.

A selected collection of 100 works by 50 Bulgarian artists and cartoonists from the beginning of the last century until the present day crack a window open for the Polish public to the more than half-a-century development of Bulgarian cartoon and satirical drawing. Among the cartoonists on show are indisputable classic artists Aleksandar Bozhinov, Iliya Beshkov, Aleksandar Zhendov, Rayko Aleksiev, Marko Behar, Naum Hadzhimladenov, Stoyan Venev, Boris Dimovski, to mention but a few. A special place in the exhibition is saved for contemporary cartoonists and participants in the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts who are in every way equal to their "teachers" in the partiality to humour and satire when it comes to depicting the pains and the grivances of their contemporary fellows.

The event takes also the role of an invitation to the Polish masters of cartoon and satirical drawing to submit works to the upcoming 22nd International Biennial - Gabrovo 2015.


20 YEARS IN FRONT OF THE STAGE - ONE-PHOTOGRAPHER THEMATIC EXHIBITION OF SVETOSLAV DRAGIEV, BULGARIA
Photographs
/November 6, 2014 - March 25, 2015, Room 7/

There is no doubt that this exhibition will truly impress two groups of people - music fans and art photography fans, for in his first solo show at the House of Humour and Satire Bulgarian photographer SVETOSLAV DRAGIEV displays 40 colour photographs of captured moments from concerts staged by Bulgarian and foreign musicians from the 1990s until the present day.

Photography attracted Dragiev as early as his school years, but it was at Ian Gillan's concert in Sofia in 1992 when he first felt the thrill of rock photography. And he's never missed a concert since then. Svetoslav Dragiev has worked as a free-lancing press photographer for a number of music publications building up a huge archive of photographs taken at concerts held in Bulgaria. Between 1998 and 2008 he was Sofia Music Enterprises official photographer. He is founder of On Stage Meida - an Internet media for music events in Bulgaria; founder and chairperson of the Managing Board of Photoclub Eighth Art Society; initiator and organizer of seminars, workshops and photography plein air sessions. Over the past years he has been product manager and dealer in photographic equipment. Svetoslav Dragiev is president of Photographic Systems, Ltd. - a long-standing partner of the House of Humour and Satire and one of the sponsors of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts.


GAUDEAMUS IGITUR... - GROUP EXHIBITION OF WORKS BY STUDENT ARTISTS AND THEIR TEACHERS FROM THE NATIONAL ACADEMY OF ART IN SOFIA WITH SPECIALITY METAL
Sculpture
/December 4, 2014 - March 3, 2015, Room 6/

For a fourth consecutive year the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is celebrating Students' Day in Bulgaria with a genre exhibition of works by student artists and their teachers challenged by the idea of "humour and satire in the arts". This year's invited exhibitors are 41 former and present-day young artists from the National Academy of Art in Sofia with speciality METAL and their six teachers: Prof. Bogomil Nikolov, Prof. Dimitar Delchev, Prof. Velislav Minekov, Prof. Ivan Slavov, Assoc.Prof. Kiril Mateev and Assoc.Prof. Emil Bachiyski.

The exhibition features both works and assignments given and carried out in the academic studios, as well as independent works created by the student artists and their teachers. Among the exhibits on show are prizewinning works from the latest editions of the International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, e.g. Fable by Emil Bachiyski awarded the GASCAR prize of Gabrovo in 2009 and Many Hands Make Light Work by Mihaela Kamenova awarded the 2013 prize of Skalni Materiali JS Co-Rousse given to a young sculptor. In point of fact, Prof. Georgi Chapkanov - founder of METAL speciality and honorable citizen of Gabrovo - has long "promoted" his sculpted compositions abutting on the museum building to the rank of emblematic envoys of the town of Gabrovo across the globe.


CARTOONISTS' DESCENT
39th NATIONAL CARTOON EXHIBITION - SOFIA 2014

Cartoons
/October 16, 2014 - February 10, 2015, Room 5/

Traditionally, every year the Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE hosts a selected collection of the works shown at the annual review of the best achivements in present-day Bulgarian cartoon. All citizens of Gabrovo and visitors to the museum can delight in various interpretations of topical subject matter drawn on everyday life in Bulgaria and typically national issues that have stirred the imagination of 24 noted Bulgarian cartoonists this year. The selected 160 cartoons on display abound in political satire, caricatures of celebrities and public figures, topics like Ukraine, the consecutive bank crisis, household crime and spreading fraud, as well as all that deserves the scathing criticism of Bulgarian cartoonists as the avant-garde of civil society in this country. The exhibition is personally opened by the chairperson of Cartoon Section to the Union of Bulgarian Artists Mr. Lyubomir Mihaylov.


LET IT BE CHRISTMAS! - CHILDREN'S ART EXHIBITION
Children's drawings
/December 11, 2014 - February 2, 2015, Room 5/

The House of Humour and Satire loves observing traditions and Christmas happens but once a year. Without the hope in the sparkling eyes of the children, their radiant faces and bell-like voices, without their brightly coloured drawings Christmas would be inconceivable. Therefore, at the end of every calendar year, the museum welcomes into some of its exhibition rooms the art of young Gabrovo artists who attend extracurricular art schools. It is undoubtedly an upbeat finale of an year packed full of diverse events and art initiatives.

Like puzzle pieces, nearly 200 drawings this year do a composite portrait of the holy feast. A number of children have passed through the 21-year-old ENCAUSTIC PAINTING Children's School under the guidance of artist Rumen Trifonov, but only 20 of them are showing their latest works inspired by Christmas in this exhibition.

Watercolours and pastels, drawings on glass, collages and carnival masks highlight the creative achievements of 38 young artists from the Children's School Applied Arts Fun to the Gabrovskite smehorancheta Children's Centre and the Fine Arts School to the St.St. Cyril and Methodius - 1928 Community Centre. Their teacher is Mrs. Mariana Trifonova. To make the Christmasy atmosphere complete, there will be music, dancing and gigs.