NEWS



P R O G R A M M E
November 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Starshel at 75 - visiting exhibition of portrait and self-portrait caricatures;
Some Like It Analogue - exhibition by Dobrin Atanasov and Lyuben Kuleliev
MEMORIAL. Classical Project in Contemporary Art - solo exhibition by Andrey Vrabchev;
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

November 11
6:00 p.m. - Opening of the exhibition Starshel at 75 - visiting exhibition of portrait and self-portrait caricatures (Floor 3, foyer)

10.11.2021

Ah, That Variety - online archive of the Experimental Satirical Variety Theatre in Gabrovo
No one and nothing is forgotten.

The Museum of Humor and Satire presents its latest project, entitled Ah, That Variety - an online archive dedicated to the Experimental Satirical Variety Theatre in Gabrovo.

The Variety Theatre in Gabrovo was an emblematic institution that existed in the period 1985-1999 under the same roof with the House of Humor and Satire. Regretfully, it was swept away by the whirlwind of the 1989 changes, like many other cultural institutions in Bulgaria.

The online archive, created in the form of an accessible and easy to navigate website, covers key moments in the history of the theatre – productions of plays and personalities who began their careers in the Variety theatre and who are already established actors, directors, choreographers and musicians. Among the artistic directors were prominent names such as Nikolay Nikolaev, Vili Tsankov, Sotir Mainolovski and Nikolay Georgiev; first appearances the famous revolving stage made Denitsa Shopova, Nikolay Kipchev, Nona Yotova, Katsi Vaptsalov, Pepa Popzlateva, Teo Elmazov. Orlin Pavlov, Yoana Zaharieva and Stefan A. Shterev are from the younger generation of actors who played in the Variety theatre; national stars like Trick Vocal Group, Nikola Anastasov, Kamelia Todorova, Stefan Mavrodiev and many others came on tour. . The "Faces" section on the website features both the artistic team and the technical support staff that helped the productions come true. The online archive abounds in photographs, biographies, video recordings of productions, interviews and chronologically arranged press reviews.

The archive is accessible at www.variete.humorhouse.bg
The Museum of Humor and Satire would like to thank the State Archives of Gabrovo and the Aprilov-Palauzov Regional Library for their assistance in collecting the archival materials.

The project was implemented with the financial support of the Ministry of Culture.

29.10.2021

THE MUSEUM OF HUMOR AND SATIRE STAYS OPEN!

In connection with Order ¹ RD-01-856 / 19.10.2021 issued by the Minister of Health and in order to prevent the corona virus epidemic, as of November 21, 2021, the Museum of Humor and Satire is open only to visitors who present valid required documents – a green certificate for vaccination, an official illness document or a negative PCR and / or antigen test. Admitted visitors need to comply with anti-epidemic measures: masks, hand sanitizers, distances, etc. The museum enters the autumn mode of operation on Monday, October 25, 2021.
For all those who do not have a green vaccination certificate, an official illness document or a negative PCR and / or an antigen test, the Museum has prepared a rich online program - the series Trash to Treasure, A Sense of Humour and Ah, This Variety - which will be broadcast on the Museum's Facebook and Instagram pages, as well as on the Youtube channel.

20.10.2021

P R O G R A M M E
October 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Some Like It Analogue - exhibition by Dobrin Atanasov and Lyuben Kuleliev
MEMORIAL. Classical Project in Contemporary Art - solo exhibition by Andrey Vrabchev;
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

15.10.2021

P R O G R A M M E
September 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

MEMORIAL. Classical Project in Contemporary Art - solo exhibition by Andrey Vrabchev;
Photo-jokes - photographs from the Museum's collection;
Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

September 10
6:30 p.m. - Opening of the exhibition MEMORIAL. Classical Project in Contemporary Art by Andrey Vrabchev (Room 6)

September 16
6:30 p.m. - Christo. From Gabrovo to the Arc de Triomphe - opening of the exhibition in the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris

September 29
6:00 p.m. - Some Like It Analogue - opening of an exhibition by Dobrin Atanasov and Lyuben Kuleliev (Room 7)

20.09.2021

P R O G R A M M E
August 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Photo-jokes - photographs from the Museum's collection;
Image Show - solo exhibition by J Pank (Yordan Pankov);
Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

August 25 - 28 - SUMMER CINEMA WITH FRENCH COMEDIES

05.08.2021

P R O G R A M M E
July 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Georgi Chapkanov through the Eyes of Ivan Bakalov - photography solo exhibition and sculpture pieces from the Museum's collection;
Image Show - solo exhibition by J Pank (Yordan Pankov);
Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

July 19
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the poetry book "Soleni molekuli" (Salty Molecules) by Kaloyan Hristov (Room 3; free admission)

July 22, 23, 25 - Creative education workshops dedicated to the festival of ecology UZANA POLYANA FEST (UZANA Glade Fest) and the European Green Leaf Award given to the city of Gabrovo in 2021:

July 22
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Recycle into Usable Items (Room 4; entry charge - 5 lv.; for the holders of the card Freinds of Humour - 20% off)

July 23
11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. - Gardening in the City (Room 4; entry charge - 5 lv.; for the holders of the card Freinds of Humour - 20% off)

July 25
10:00 - 11:00 a.m. - We Are Visiting UZANA POLYANA FEST (you will find us in the Children's Centre; free admission)

09.07.2021

P R O G R A M M E
June 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Georgi Chapkanov through the Eyes of Ivan Bakalov - photography solo exhibition and sculpture pieces from the Museum's collection;
Image Show - solo exhibition by J Pank (Yordan Pankov);
Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

June 9
4:00 - 5:00 p.m. - Opening of a youth competition for best ideas held in partnership with Gabrovo Municipality (Room 6)

June 17
6:00 p.m. - Presentation of the book Izlekuvai se sas smyah (Get Well Laughing) by Prof. Dimitar K. Dimitrov (Room 5; free admission)

June 18
6:30 ÷. - Opening of the photography exhibition "Georgi Chapkanov through the Eyes of Ivan Bakalov" and sculpture pieces from the Museum's collection (Room 7; free admission)

June 25-26
Workshop for environmental organizations and artists - a run-up event to the 25th Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art - 2022.

07.06.2021

Upcoming event on Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m.
Meeting with artist and curator Olav Westphalen


Due to the ongoing pandemic situation and given the international scale of the event, the 25th edition of the Gabrovo Biennial of Humor and Satire in Art will be postponed to May 2022, when the Museum will also celebrate its 50th anniversary. However, this year we will offer the public several events to introduce the theme of the Biennale: economy of means in the context of ecology and lifestyle, as well as economy of means of expression in art and humor. The Biennale will encompass a competition section in which proposals from around the world will be selected by a jury, as well as a curatorial exhibition by artist Olav Westphalen.
On Saturday, May 15, 11:00 a.m. Olav Westphalen will be speaking about the ideas behind the title of the curatorial exhibition Sensibility Training. “I am interested in ambivalent humor that does not end in an obvious punchline, but that remains in motion, questioning the things we think we know. I want to show artistic utterances that are either too little or too much or in the wrong place, situations, images, objects that treat the viewers’ shared reality like a rubber band, which needs to be stretched to the breaking point,” says Westphalen.
Olav Westphalen was born in 1963 in Hamburg (Germany) and studied in Hamburg and at the University of California, San Diego. Today he lives in Stockholm. His works have been exhibited at Whitney Museum, ICA London, Swiss Institute NY, Moderna Museet (Stockholm), Brandenburgischer Kunstverein (Potsdam) and Museum Fridericianum (Kassel), and are represented in collections such as the Dallas Museum, Center Pompidou, Modern Museum and MoMA (New York).
Olav Westphalen is "an artist who always works humorously, but who rarely stops at the fun". His conceptual works frequently take the form of games, entertainment or cartoons, aiming to expose the cultural blind spots of contemporary society. He plays both sides of the HI-LO divide, producing mass-media comedy and cartoons. Except being an artist, Westphalen is a highly experienced curator.

13.05.2021

P R O G R A M M E
May 2021

Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Image Show - solo exhibition by J Pank (Yordan Pankov);
Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Three Times Insides - solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova;
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

May 14
6:30 p.m. - Opening of the solo exhibition Image Show by J Pank (Yordan Pankov) (Room 6; free admission)

May 15 /Saturday/
11:00 a.m. - From Olelyinya to Carnival - a creative education workshop for children on designing and making carnival masks (Room 8; entry charge - 5 lv.)

May 21
9:00 p.m. - Night at the Museum and Pyjamas Party (free admisssion)

May 22
5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Gabrovo carnival. Olelyinya in front of the Museum of Humour and Satire.

07.05.2021

P R O G R A M M E
April 2021


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Migrations in the Artist's Studio - solo exhibition of Robert Baramov
Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Three Times Insides - solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova;
Why So Serious? - solo exhibition by Houben Tcherkelov;
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

April 9
6:00 p.m. - Concert by the band Humbertina - Mariana Ekimova (piano, vocals) and Nevena Ekimova (vocals) present compositions for piano and voice under the title Dark Heart. (Room 7, prior registration required)

April 23
6:00 p.m. - Migrations in the Artist's Studio II - opening of a solo exhibition by Robert Baramov (Room 7; free admission)

08.04.2021


Upcoming concert!!!

Àn unusual concert will be performed by the band Humbertina on April 9, 2021, 6.00 p.m., at the House of Humour and Satire. Formed especially for the exhibition Three Times Insides, the band, consisting of Mariana Ekimova (piano, vocals) and Nevena Ekimova (vocals) will present compositions for piano and voice under the title Dark Heart. Created in different times and tongues, the songs share a common theme - the dark side of love. Besides classics of sadness by Nick Cave and Serge Gainsbourg, there will be songs less known to the general public, as well as surprising treasures of Bulgarian folklore.

07.04.2021




On April 1 the Museum of Humor and Satire celebrates 49 years since its inception. Whether we will go "cheaper" this year as well, i.e. without entertaining visitors and special guests, depends entirely on the next order to be issued by the Minister of Health. But we have already prepared a backup plan.

The celebration marking the Day of the Joke started on March 28 with a virtual visit to two Bulgarian schools abroad - Peyo Yavorov School in Brussels and Hristo Botev School in New York. The students learned about two of the most popular educational programs of the Museum: Gabrovo Humor and The Carnival. 30 families from the school in Brussels and over 60 families from the school in New York took part in this virtual event.

A surprise for hundreds of Bulgarian children will be the online participation of Dani Belev – a much-loved illusionist and a friend of the Museum. Dani is from Gabrovo and has a wonderful sense of humor. He is the engine of the Golden Cat festival - the biggest magic event in Bulgaria held in the humour capital.

The Facebook page of the Museum will feature the exhibition Quo vadis? - Latin maxims graphically interpreted by Bulgarian cartoonist by Boris Dimovski. Although the humorous drawings were created in the 1980s, and the maxims themselves are over 2000 years old, their essence is still relevant today. Satirist Radoy Ralin writes about the exhibition: :""The gods of Hellas were poets, while the gods of Rome were statesmen! Rome was unimaginable with just one mythology, a mainstay of professional and amateur art. Rome was a totalitarian state, representing an empire of multilingual and tribal peoples who, in order to be kept in bondage, necessitated Roman law. Rome had its own public life, dictators and tribunes, philosophers and Neros, but there was resistance to tyranny in these catchphrases, which, persecuted in their time, flew over to our age to be a measure of honor! “

On the eve of this special day, the Museum team raises the curtain on one of its latest projects - the online show Ah, This Variety Theatre! It aims to revive the memories of the once glamorous Experimental Satirical-Variety Theatre built to the Museum of Humour and Satire, which for generations of Gabrovo citizens, and not only, has stood for a once-in-lifetime experience.

Regardless of the circumstances, we will celebrate the power of humor and satire given to us as a potent immune stimulant to fight today's confused and anxious times!

30.03.2021

P R O G R A M M E
March 2021


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Three Times Insides - solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova;
Why So Serious? - solo exhibition of Houben Tcherkelov;
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

March 26
6:00 p.m.. - Migrations in the Artist's Studio II - opening of a solo exhibition by Robert Baramov (Room 7; free admission)

March 28
Online chat with the children from Hristo Botev school in New York. The Museum of Humour and Satire speaks about Gabrovo humour and carnival and its own history.

March 30
Opening of the exhibition Photo Jokes, featuring works from the collection in the Museum of Photography and Contemporary Visual Arts in Kazanlak

02.03.2021


P R O G R A M M E
February 2021


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection
Three Times Insides - solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova;
Why So Serious? - solo exhibition of Houben Tcherkelov;
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Alyosha and the Cat - video installation by Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

February 12
6:00 p.m. - Opening of the exhibition Portrits, Self-portraits and Caricatures - works from the Museum's art collection

05.02.2021


P R O G R A M M E
January 2021


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Three Times Insides - solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova;
Why So Serious? - solo exhibition of Houben Tcherkelov;
Cartoon Salon 2020:
45th National Cartoon Exhibition 2020
Solo exhibition of Lyubomir Mihaylov
Solo exhibition of Svetlin Stefanov
Meanwhile, Elsewhere. The Century of Czech Comics - a guest exhibition from the Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia;
Alyosha and the Cat - video installation by Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

January 22
6:00 p.m. - Opening of a solo exhibition of Gabrovo-based artist Nevena Ekimova (Room 7; free admission)

05.01.2021