January 2023

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SARIEVA / HUB : 2023 Sneak Peek & 2022 Highlights

Dear friends,

Thank you for being with us in 2022! Sarieva/Hub has prepared for you exciting art in 2023!

The first exhibition for this year at Sarieva/Gallery, Plovdiv will be in February, showcasing works by the young artist Aaron Roth. A solo show by the gallery artist Pravdoliub Ivanov will follow. Other upcoming exhibitions will present international discovery artists and a thematic group show.
We are enthusiastically preparing for the opening of Sarieva @ DOT in Sofia this spring-summer season, which will be marked by a solo exhibition by Stefan Nikolaev.
We’re glad to announce that this year Sarieva/Gallery will be a part of Art Brussels 2023, presenting solo project and new works by the young artist Rudi Ninov.

The foundation will continue supporting young artists by introducing more projects, following the ideas and mission of Young Artists Residency and Portfolio Day.

Кабинет* will keep offering professional services for clients and free consultations once a month, helping the creative development of everyone interested in the art field.

Exciting new initiatives for collectors will be offered by Sarieva/Studio, Sofia throughout the year. Open Arts Foundation will hold the annual Collectors’ Forum event in Bulgaria too.

Open Art Files database and archive for Bulgarian contemporary art will be updated regularly with profiles of artists and spaces, as well as topics and documents. Meanwhile the monthly art guide artnewscafe bulletin will continue offering a guide of art events in Bulgaria and Europe.

Our community center and cafe in Plovdiv, Artnewscafe, has plenty of exciting news in store which will be revealed later on!

Stay tuned for even more new projects!

Peace and love!
The Sarieva team

Sarieva Gallery

artists news

Rudi Ninov Writing Paintings Solo exhibition January 21 – April 29 2023

Galleria Continua, San Gimignano

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Nedko Solakov Phantoms and Other Illusions Group show February 10 – September 3 2023 Curator: Ludwig Seyfarth


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Pravdoliub Ivanov The Body Group show January 5 2023 – January 27 2023 Curator: Konstantin Kostov

Bulgarian Cultural Institute, Prague

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Nedko Solakov

Seven Deadly Sins
Group show
October 14 2023 – April 1 2024

Curators: Andreas Hoffer and Elisabeth Kainberger

Kunsthalle Krems, Krems

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Our exhibitions in 2022

In 2022 the gallery had a very productive program with, serving our three main lines of work – Rediscovery, Discovery and Represented artists.


Two exhibitions have been focused on Rediscovery of artists and showcasing never before seen works from the 70s and 80s. The shows in question were Echo and Capsule.

ECHO Vladimir Ivanov, Stanka Tsonkova – Usha, Sophia Grancharova

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Capsule Sasho Stoitzov

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The gallery partnered with Open Arts Foundation in the realization of the Young Artists Residency project, aimed at discovering young talents. The programme organised three month-long residencies in Plovdiv with two open-calls for Bulgarian artists and one closed-call for international artists.

Cool S Tsvetomira Borisova

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Cabin UTROBA Melania Toma

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Gallery Represented

The gallery-represented artists Valio Tchenkov and Luchezar Boyadjiev presented well-resieved solo exhibitions.

Soma Valio Tchenkov

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Christo for Beginners Part of Christo for Beginners Luchezar Boyadjiev

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Working with Artists

Represented artists: Rada Boukova, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov, Kamen Stoyanov, Valio Tshenkov, Rudi Ninov

Rediscovery: Tekla Wilhelm Alexieva, Vladimir Ivanov, Albena Mihaylova – Benji, Vesselin Sariev and Sasho Stoitzov

Discovery: Maria Nalbanotva, Dimitar Shopov, Aaron Roth

In 2022 we’ve been working closely with Mihail Mihailov, Marta Djourina and Sophia Grancharova as well.

Transforming the space through the year

Elena Chergilanova presented her publication Off-Spaces & Non-Places, completed within the framework of Young Artists Residency. In it, she addresses the topics of exhibition design and the phenomenology of space, drawing on the work of Sarieva/Gallery as a case study. Here’s what she had to say about the ever-changing exhibition space:

To remain contemporary, that is to say current, galleries and institutions are learning to dispose of the elitist rhetoric of the white cube by finding new ways to “permeate the social landscape” in a less and less formal manner. While working on this thesis, I had the chance to witness one such transformation at Sarieva Gallery… By allowing itself to openly disclose its ongoing process of constructive deconstruction, Sarieva becomes a living and breathing environment; its own site-specific installation, transcending the white cube model.

artists' highlights 2022

Rada Boukova: “ThisPlay”; ARTER

Luchezar Boyadjiev: “The time has come to talk of many things…” (group show); National Gallery / “Sparks of Imagination: on the Frequencies of Beuys” (group show); National Gallery / “ThisPlay” (group show); ARTER
Curated by Luchezar Boyadjiev: “Jeanne-Claude for Beginners” (group show); artnewscafé / “Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy)”, Manifesta 14 (group show), Pristina

Pravdoliub Ivanov: “The time has come to talk of many things…” (group show); National Gallery / “Sparks of Imagination: on the Frequencies of Beuys” (group show); National Gallery / “Double UP! Kunst und Design mit neuen Perspektiven” (group show); Neues Museum Nürnberg /“Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy)”, Manifesta 14 (group show), Pristina
Curated by Pravdoliub Ivanov: „New Plovdiv Realism“, part of “7 – Outside Traffic” (group show); The Union of Bulgarian Artists

Stefan Nikolaev: “Sparks of Imagination: on the Frequencies of Beuys” (group show); National Gallery / “Still Life” (solo show); Michel Rein / “Self-splaining (a Triumph of Empathy)”, Manifesta 14 (group show), Pristina / “L’ami·e modèle” (group show); Mucem

Nedko Solakov: “After the Wall” (group show); MoMA, Floor 2, 208 The David Geffen Wing / “A Cornered Solo Show #1” (solo show); Mudam Luxembourg / “10+1 Paintings” (solo show); Credo Bonum Gallery / “Marta Maps. New Routes through the Collection.” (group show); Marta Herford / “Subterranean” (group show); Amox Rex Museum / “A Cornered Solo Show #2” (solo show); MAXXI / “Wishes” (solo show); Kula Gallery / “Face-à-Face” (group show); Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean

Kamen Stoyanov: “Are you sure you want to leave?” (group show); art quarter budapest / “Stories We Live With” (group show); Q Contemporary / “Mardin Biennial” (group show); Mardin Biennial / “What Can Be Done?” (group show); Traiskirchen, Austria / “Animal Within” (group show); MUMOK

Valio Tchenkov: “Cream Dream” (solo show); Belleparais / “Poster Campaign 2021/2022” (group show); Pinakothek der Moderne
Curated by Valio Tchenov: “An den Zäunen rüttelnd” (group show); Belleparais

Rudi Ninov: “The Hanging Show” (group show); ICA Gallery


Stories is a concept initialized by Sarieva / Gallery, aimed at forming an environment of dialogue and communication between artists and audiences through various curious formats. We ask questions, seek answers, provoke and experiment by inciting a more personal relation with the art creators. So far we’ve enriched our archive with personal stories by the artists from the ECHO exhibition (Vladimir Ivanov, Stanka Tsonkova-Usha, Sophia Grancharova), Tsvetomira BorisovaElena ChergilanovaMelania Toma and Valio Tchenkov. We’re planning to keep adding more interviews and personal talks with every artist, exhibiting at the gallery.

Stories archive

selected press

Over the past year, numerous reports and interviews in television, print and online media presented the activities of Sarieva / Gallery.

Our first exhibition this year ECHO was presented in Culture.BG on BNT, as well as internationally on Art Viewer – ECHO at Sarieva. Sasho Stoitzov’s show received international presentation on Art Viewer – Sasho Stoitzov at Sarieva, also on a national level with an article in Portal Culture. Our final exhibition for this season also received a media coverage – Soma on Culture.BG and Art Viewer – Valio Tchenkov at Sarieva


Our resident Melania Toma was a guest on „Line Culture“ on BNT2, and Tsvetomira Borisova received an article about her residency in Art Viewer.

The project „Christo for Beginners“ was presented in BNR – Luchezar Boyadjiev presents „Christo for Beginners“, as well as Art Viewer. „Jeanne-Claude for Beginners“ was presented in Ploshtad Slaveikov – „Power girls“ help us understand about Christo and Jean-Claude and Dnes.BG – Jean-Claude for Beginners: The Power Girls.

Sarieva / Gallery was described as one of the best places for art in Plovdiv in the article “10 of the best European city breaks with a difference” published by The Guardian.

This is only a small part of the many of media outlets that we are grateful for their coverage of our events.

artnewscafé, Plovdiv

Artnewscafe went through it’s fair share of changes as well. We kicked off the year with a face-lifting and a new look. The café turned into a hybrid space whose concept includes multifarious permanent services and pop-up activities. It functions as a core-hub for creative initiatives, combining the activities of a coffee-bar, personal renewal spot, a plant shop, a bookstore, an artspace, a library, a furniture and lighting showroom and others. We celebrated these innovations with a brand new website.

Thanks to all of our collaborators who made the hybrid space idea possible – Paperpages, Janet-45, Sklada Furniture and Design, Florist.

We would also like to thank the new additions to the artnewscafe team who joined us in 2022. We appreciate your dedicated work and the energy you brought and keep bringing to the café!

Exhibitions & Pop-Ups

With the Name of a Flower

Vera Hadzhiyska
Solo exhibition

Vera presented works in progress from her project, titled Your Name. The images are the start of a deeper investigation into the sense of identity and belonging of Muslims in Bulgaria and how the events of the past have affected their contemporary life and identity.

Jeanne-Claude for Beginners

Part of Christo for Beginners
Group show

As a curator, Luchezar Boyadjiev exhibited works by Maria Nalbantova, Sophia Grancharova, Iskra Blagoeva, Natalia Todorova-Lenz, Aksiniya Peicheva, Boryana Rossa, Selma Selman, Kalina Dimitrova, Dessislava Terzieva, Mariela Gemisheva, Ina Valentinova, Šejla Kamerić and Ana Prvački.

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Tróchia Collection [τροχιά]

Studio NO\ON
Solo exhibition

In their first solo exhibition, the design duo Julian Mikov and Dimitar Vranchev focus the public’s attention on natural processes. Their works are a contemplation on the vital functions of nature, blended harmoniously with the manifestations of modernity that manage to transform the object.

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Presentation of the retrospective catalogue of Luchezar Boyadjiev

Book presentation
Part of Plovdiv Reads

A talk was held on the artistic career of Boyadjiev in the context of the catalogue for his retrospective exhibition at MOMus-Contemporary, Thessaloniki in 2020. The conversation was joined by Iara Boubnova, the director of the National Gallery, Sofia.

Off-Spaces & Non Places

Young Artists Residency
Book presentation

Elena Chergilanova presented the book edition „Off-Spaces & Non-Places“, which the young author completed within the framework of the „Communication and Art“ residency. She addresses the phenomenology of space, based on her theoretical research and impressions from the activities of Open Arts Foundation

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Light & Dust

Dimitar Genchev
Solo exhibition

The show exhibits new works by Genchev, who remains faithful to his classical manner without being limited by the imagery and visual codes of classical painting. Typical of the artist, the canvases turn into explosions of colour, saturated with vitality, but equally gentle.

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Open Arts foundation


During 2022, we realised projects under three of our main programs: „Introduction to Contemporary Art“, „City and Culture“, „International Exchange“. The annual program was supported by the National Culture Fund. As part of our educational programme we developed the Open Art Files site, kept publishing artnewscafe bulletin and organised the 11th edition of Collectors’ Forum with special guest Frédéric de Goldschmidt. We supported three young artists with the Young Artists Residency programme, along with Sarieva/Gallery. The gallery was our collaborator in the Sarieva Open Arts programme as well, part of the “City and Culture” programme, which aims at creative projects in the public space. The pilot project was Christo for Beginners by Luchezar Boyadjiev. The “International exchange” program realised the exhibition “Sit”, curated by Vesselina Sarieva, which presented Bulgarian artists in Pristina.

Read the full annual report about our activities below.

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Support Us

In 2023, our activities will be mainly self-financed, supported by private donors and partners. If you wish to help us continue to realise our projects you can follow the link below.

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In 2022, Open Art Files continued to promote Bulgarian contemporary art in the country and abroad. We collaborated with the authors Kiril Vasilev, Dessislava Dimova and Ashira Morris, who created articles for our website. These thematic materials are available in Bulgarian and English. The new articles for 2022 are „The return of painting after the end of art“ by Kiril Vasilev, „Geometry of the body“ by Dessislava Dimova and „Beyond the landscape“ by Ashira Morris. In addition to all this, over 18 new author profiles and 10 space profiles were published.

The archive was significantly expanded with over 300 materials available in the file library. In „Publications“ you will find more information about the publications of the foundation, and „Video Channel“ presents an archive of video documentation, related to our projects. Visit the site


From June 2022, artnewscafé bulletin’s monthly selection of exhibitions and events from the world of contemporary art is available in a new bilingual section of Open Art Files – „This Month“. The partnership is a natural continuation of the development of the two projects aimed to popularise Bulgarian contemporary art.

artnewscafé bulletin continues to be distributed as a monthly newsletter with news from Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Veliko Tarnovo and Europe, open calls for participation in art projects and workshops, lectures and meetings with artists, curators and collectors. You can subscribe to the bulletin here.

In Support of the Eco System: Кабинѐт 

Кабинѐт provided free consultations to young artists and entrepreneurs at the end of each month. We’re planning to continue helping and developing young talents. This year we’ll present even more project in the field of discovering aspiring artists.

Book a slot at office@sarieva.org

Some of the projects mentioned in the newsletter were realized with the support of the National Culture Fund, Bulgaria.

© Vanessa Popova © Maria Djelebova © LambdaLambdaLambda Gallery archive, Leart Rama © Rudi Ninov – Untitled (lower track deuce) 2021, acrylic on canvas, 66 x 46 cm © Nedko Solakov, Series of 19 drawings, Illusions #1, 2014, Sepia, black and white ink and wash on paper © Vladislav Sevov © Teodora Dimitrova Dzherekarova

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