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.

Selected works by Boris Dimovski - works from the Humour of the Peoples art collection
Cartoons
/August 24 - September 24, 2017, Yanko Marinov exhibition hall, Kilifarevo/

The selected collection features but a tiny part of the rich legacy left by outstanding Bulgarian cartoonist Boris Dimovski to the House of Humour and Satire and the town of Gabrovo. The Humour of the Peoples art collection houses more than 500 works by the artist, purchased or donated after solo exhibitions, and in recent years, kindly donated by his relatives. His work is the artistic design of the exhibition The Roots of Gabrovo Humour ; the mosaics in the museum interior; the typical Gabrovo souvenirs; the textile tapestries of The Garden of Eden and the donkey. He is one of the unquestionable visual interpreters of Gabrovo humour and his art is virtually ingrained in the foundations of the House of Humour and Satire; his illustrations, which have made Gabrovo humour famous all over the world, have earned him the recognition of the Gabrovo citizens and the honour of being pronounced an honorary citizen of Gabrovo.

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.


Science by the Laws of Humour - works from the Humour of the Peoples art collection
Cartoons
/July 15 - September 23, 2017, Scientists' Holiday Home to the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Varna/

To celebrate the year of its 45th anniversary, the House of Humour and Satire is showing diverse themed exhibitions that feature its rich art collection in a number of Bulgarian institutions and cultural centres. The cartoon collection Science by the Laws of Humour has been specially assembled for display at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences and its subdivisions in the country. It is comprised of 34 cartoons by 32 artists from 19 countries. The works have been acquired by the Museum in the span from 1976 until 2016 including.

The greatest minds of world science claim that serious science is impossible without the indispensable measure of imagination. On the other hand, the masters of the pen and the brush are explicit that any truthful piece of art should be based on facts. Where do the laws of humour intersect those of science? The science that is called upon to seek solutions to the grave civilizational problems of humankind broadening its horizons? Cartoonists from Japan to Argentina offer attempted answers daring to plunge into the depths of science; to interpret through the prism of the comic the impact of high technologies on us and our dependence on them; to forecast the extent to which robots will control our life in the future and whether genetic engineering will help us preserve the flora and the fauna of the planet.

The organizers of the exhibition cherish a glimmer of hope that the works on display could spark the imagination and inventiveness of more than a few representatives of contemporary Bulgarian science. Is it too much to even dream about a possible new invention after the closing of the exhibition?

Finesse on the Tip of the Pencil - one-artist exhibition of Paolo Dalponte (Italy)
Cartoons
/September 28, 2016 - Decemner 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.