July 2022

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This month’s issue presents information about Sarieva/Gallery’s latest exhibition, Capsule by Sasho Stoitzov, new available work by Tekla Aleksieva and upcoming events featuring the gallery’s represented artists. Check out images from the launch of Luchezar Boyadjiev’s retrospective catalogue and learn more about the changes in the Open Art Files site! Sarieva/Hub includes Sarieva Galleryartnewscafe, Open Arts FoundationКабинѐт Art Advisory below.

Sarieva Gallery

On View at Sarieva

Capsule by Sasho Stoitzov

Solo Exhibition

Curator: Vesselina Sarieva
Sarieva Gallery, Plovdiv

Capsule showcases previously unshown works by Sasho Stoitzov, revealing a very personal side of the artist, which allows us to take a peek „behind the scenes“ of the creative process of one of the best known names of the Bulgarian avant-garde. The title of the exhibition resembles its essence, similar to the well-known „time capsules“. They capture memories to be unsealed and revisited in the distant future, when society has changed and evolved. The viewer opens Stoitzov’s time capsule and is immersed in a deeply personal space, grounded and constructed by notes, memos, preparatory drawings, family portraits and photographs from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. The processes of formation and emanation of his artistic language organize the focus of the exhibition Capsule.

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New available works

Tekla Aleksieva, Sinking, 1987, 100 x 70 cm

Tekla Aleksieva was born on 2 November 1944 in Sofia. She became known for the original covers she created between 1979-1989 for the books in the science fiction series Galactica Library of the Publishing House Georgi Bakalov. Tekla is one of Sarieva/Gallery’s Rediscovery artists.

Although she has an incredible popularity and presence in the media environment in Bulgaria and a following of fans, Tekla Aleksieva has no solo exhibitions in representative galleries and museums in Bulgaria and abroad until 2019 “The Galaxies of Tekla” exhibition at SARIEV Gallery, Plovdiv in 2019 is the first analytical presentation of her work. Today Tekla participates in group and general exhibitions in private and international institutes, mainly in Sofia.

In her works, the bold colors, the originality of the compositions and frames, the attention to detail were combined with a sense of the object and the material environment. Tekla’s sense of the absurdity and stagnation of the seemingly dynamic urban everyday life of late socialism was refracted through the visual codes of a surprisingly vital imagery.

The presented work, called Sinking, was created in 1987, after Aleksieva was inspired by a dream she had. The piece follows her surrealistic line of work and its one of her few preserved artworks on canvas. Sinking hasn’t been shown in front of an audience up until now.


More information about Tekla Aleksieva


Recent Acquisitions

Pravdoliub Ivanov’s work Double Ornaments has been acquired by Neues Museum Nürnberg.

“Regardless – smashed to smithereens (Fairy Tale Device Crashed, 2013) or shattered by stones (Ornaments of Endurance, 2011 and Ornaments on Demand, 2013), Persian carpets are for the artist a symbol of smashed reality rather than of the exotic Orient; perhaps even a symbol of the fairy tales inside each one of us. Looking immaculate and beautiful, the carpets in these installations are destroyed in a way that is highly atypical for them; they are smashed to pieces, just as usually happens metaphorically with notions and ideals.”

-Iara Boubnova

artists news

Luchezar Boyadjiev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Stefan Nikolaev, Nedko Solakov / ICA-Sofia

Manifesta 14
Group show
July 22 – October 30 2022

University of Prishtina, Faculty of Arts Gallery


Luchezar Boyadjiev

The Influencing Machine
Group show
June 24 – July 6 2022

Curator: Aaron Moulton

Daniel Baker, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mike Bouchet, János Brückner, Chris Burden, Joshua Citarella, Nina Czegledy, Ole Dammegard, David Dees, Constant Dullaart, Dorian Electra, Jacob Broms Englom, Jakup Ferri, Ivan Fijolić, Adrian Ghenie, Ivan Grubanov, Ole Häntzschel, Jacob Hurwitz-Goodwin, Christian Jankowski, Hortensia Mi Kafchin, Corporate Kafka and others.

U-Jazdowski, Warsaw


Pravdoliub Ivanov

Two days presentation of catalogue and interactive video game
July 4 – July 5 2022

Organised by Samuel Ferstl / grains

The catalogue is kindly sponsored by LFA Förderbank Bayern

Domagkhalle50, München


Kamen Stoyanov

What Can Be Done?
Group show
July 9 – September 25 2022

Curator: Michaela Geboltsberger

Anatoly Belov, Aldo Giannotti, Anna Jermolaewa, Dariia Kuzmych, Alicja Rogalska, Rayyane Tabet, Anna Witt

Traiskirchen, Austria



recent media

Capsule – Sasho Stoitzov

Short movie about the exhibition Capsule by Sasho Stoitzov

In Bulgarian

Watch Here

While remaking the images, I’m trying to humanize them, says Luchezar Boyadjiev

In Bulgarian

Read Here

New Person: Nedko Solakov

The Art of entrepreneurship, which art requires

New Person Podcast
In Bulgarian

Watch Here

Luchezar Boyadjiev’s catalogue „Re-building the World of Images“

In Bulgarian

Watch Here

artnewscafé, Plovdiv


Light and Dust

Dimitar Genchev
Solo exhibition
Opening: July 14th, 17:00-21:00, artnewscafe, Plovdiv

Sarieva/Hub is pleased to present Dimitar Genchev’s solo show Light and Dust. The exhibition showcases new works by the painter. Light and Dust marks the beginning of events in the space of artnewscafe, exhibiting the latest artworks by artists.

Dimitar Genchev (b.1985 in Bulgaria) lives and works in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. He received his education from the National Academy of Arts, Sofia, HKU University of the Arts in Utrecht, and participated in the residency programme at Rijksakademie, Amsterdam. His works have been exhibited in Museum De Domijnen Hedendaagse Kunst, Sittard, the Netherlands, Sofia City Art Gallery, the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Kaskadenkondensator, LISTE international contemporary art fair in Basel and Gerhard Hofland gallery in Amsterdam, among many other spaces.


Views from Luchezar Boyadjiev’s retrospective catalogue launch at Plovdiv Reads

The catalogue can be bought at artnewscafe at the price of 25 lv.

Open Arts foundation


Open Art Files is a database and an archive of Bulgarian contemporary art. The content of the website consists of four sections: Topics, People, Spaces and Files, presented in а clear and accessible way. Each month Sarieva/Hub’s newsletter will present selected profiles, topics and files from the site.

The artnewscafe bulletin archive

As of June, three new sections have been added to the Open Art Files website: Publications, Video Channel and This Month. This Month is a natural extension of the monthly artnewscafe archive, founded in 2008 by the Open Arts Foundation. The bulletin archive is available on the Open Art Files website.


Artnewscafe bulletin joins Open Art Files

Artnewscafe bulletin is a monthly newsletter with selected information about art events in Bulgaria and across the world, as well as career opportunities in art and culture.

The bulletin is now a part of the Open Art Files website. Read the June issue on it’s new page.

In Support of the Eco System:
Кабинѐт Art Advisory

Кабинѐт Art Advisory provides a free consultation to young artists and entrepreneurs every last friday of the month.

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 ©Tekla Aleksieva, Sinking, 1987 1996 ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, Double Ornaments, 2016 ©Kamen Stoyanov, A realist or a Dreamer, 2022, 4k, 27 min. ©Luchezar Boyadjiev, Project for a Monument to George Soros – scale model 01, exhibition view from “The Influencing Machine” at Gallery Nicodim, 2019, photo by Dan Vezenten ©Pravdoliub Ivanov, From the series Non-Works ©Vladislav Sevov © Light and dust, 2022, oil ,acrylic and epoxy on canvas, 140 x 100 cm. ©Vanessa Popova for Plovdiv Reads. ©Ivan Shishiev and Ekaterina Kalugina

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