EXHIBITIONS / TRAVELLING

The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is showing diverse thematic art exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad; they are listed in the Calendar of Events and Exhibitions held all the year round.

Metaphors and Propaganda. Papagal newspaper from 1939 to 1953
Papagal newspaper reproductions
/8 May - 12 June 2019, Regional Library Zahariy Knyazheski, Stara Zagora /

The exhibition features the study conducted by artist, researcher and author Anton Staykov on the history of Bulgarian satirical newspaper Papagal (Parrot) from 1939 until 1953. On show are 40 reproductions of the newspaper and 80 digitized images displayed on a monitor. They feature Bulgaria’s destiny in the tragic wartime transition from a kingdom to a people’s republic through the lens of cartoon, propaganda and the stereotypes of the neighbours and the great powers.

Anton Stykov sat on the jury of the 23rd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art, Gabrovo 2017. He majored in painting at Nikolay Pavlovich Higher Institute of Fine Arts. Then he continued his studies taking an animation course in Israel. He has a PhD degree in semiotics of advertising. Staykov is co-founder of Comic Strips section to the Union of Bulgarian Artists; curator of the international exhibition Sofia Comics Expo 2014 and the First National Exhibition of Bulgarian Comic Strips, 2013. He has written numerous articles on writers, artists and translators for Bulgarian newspapers and magazines and has had scientific papers published in collections and yearbooks of Sofia University and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

In his introduction to the study and the exhibtiiton, Staykov states: "As early as the end of the 19th century Europe sees the publication of such periodicals which provide information and spread propaganda in a funny, simplified and often outright manipulative manner. A large-size cartoon or a sequence of pictures (comics-like) presents a topical political event in a satirical form making use of a metaphor easy to understand. The world is shown as a stylized stage on which popular clichéd characters, which represent different countries, parties and groups, play-act relationships of love, hatred and treachery among others. "

It is worth noting that Papagal is bilingual; before 1944 it is subsequently published in Bulgarian and English; Bulgarian and German; Bulgarian and Hungarian. After 1948 it comes out in Bulgarian and Turkish. The different political regimes during which the newspaper comes out determine its purposes, artsitic quality and the circle of authors and artists contributing to it.


Finesse on the Tip of the Pencil - one-artist exhibition of Paolo Dalponte (Italy)
Cartoons
/September 28, 2016 - December 15, 2017, Dr. Tota Venkova Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment/

The exhibition of Italian illustrator, painter and cartoonist PAOLO DALPONTE features 36 works from his second display at the House of Humour and Satire. In 2015, at the time of the 22nd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, the artist flew over to Gabrovo to receive in person the special prize for cartoon awarded to him by the Ministry of Health of R. Bulgaria.

Holder of more than 40 prizes from international competitions, Paolo Dalponte was born in Poia di Lomaso, Italy, where he still lives and works. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Arts of Trento. He has collaborated with a number of publishing houses and has taught the techniques of pencil drawing at evening classes. His art has been on display in 42 solo shows across the globe.

The title of the exhibition - Finesse on the Tip of the Pencil - is a pure metaphor of the artist's style. He prefers the black-and-white technique, therefore the pencil is his most suited tool to describe subjects in sharp details. In Dalponte's view the absence of colour takes to a colder view of the subject, to a more analytical rather than emotional viewpoint.