October 2022

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Sarieva / Hub  includes Sarieva Galleryartnewscafe, Open Arts FoundationКабинѐт Art Advisory. In the issue we’re presenting Sarieva/Galley’s most recent event Cabin UTROBA and the upcoming exhibition – Soma by Valio Tchenkov. The project Christo for Beginners is coming to it’s final phase with Public Space Re-Visited and artnewscafe is presenting NO\ON’s first solo show.

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Upcoming projects


Valio Tchenkov
solo exhibition

Opening: 11.11.2022, 16:00-20:00
Sarieva/Gallery, Plovdiv

Sarieva Gallery is pleased to present the solo show of Munich-based Bulgarian artist Valyo Tchenkov. The exhibition features a selection of the newest paintings by the painter, along with works from the 2017 – 2021 period.

„Soma“ is the daily dose of the substance, which Aldous Huxley described in his dystopic novel „Brave New World“ as a drug, prescribed to each member of a happy and steady society. No one is supposed to be pensive, careworn or saddened in it. The spirits must be high and the public must be content and well-functioning. Valio Tchenkov, who is an ardent follower of Huxley’s “philosophy”, shares that in his life scenario he regularly takes his dose of “Soma” on his own prescription and discretion in his studio on the fifth floor at 31 Hamsa Street in Munich. And it is through the solo exhibition at Sarieva Gallery that the artist provides an opportunity for art lovers to take a little of his “Soma” and to discern their own reflections in the typical for the artist funny, bizarre, fantastic and unusual characters that exist between the art in the studio and what we call reality – the world outside.

Read the full text on Sarieva/Gallery’s website.

Public Space Re-Visited
Part of Christo for Beginners by Luchezar Boyadjiev and Sarieva Open Arts
Co-organized by the Cultural Center of Sofia University

Presentation and moderated conversation with Luchezar Boyadjiev and Silvia Petrova, PhD
29.11.2022, 18:30
Tsar Osvoboditel Boulevard 15, Alma Alter Theatre, Sofia

Luchezar Boyadjiev and Sarieva Open Arts are pleased to invite you to the final event of the Christo for Beginners project. We’re revisiting the whole journey, which started in August and, alongside Silivia Petrova, Boyadjiev is continuing the discussion about female artists, the “power girls” of art, and their visibility in the public space.

Collectors’ Forum 2022
Location and time TBA, Sofia

This November Collectors’ Forum is returning with a lecture by Frédéric de Goldschmidt! His collection consists mostly of works by emerging artists in dialogue with pieces from historical movements in the 1960s and 70s.

Frédéric will share with the Bulgarian audience advice on building a collection, curating art and the ethics and knowledge behind those processes.

More information coming soon

Recent projects


Melania Toma
Interactive installation

28 October – 29 October
Sarieva/Gallery, Plovdiv

Melania Toma about Cabin UTROBA:

“Cabin Utroba” is an interactive installation exploring the bowels of the proto-Bulgarian mysticism through the eyes of a transient. The project originated with the disquisition of ancestral symbology through hallowed caves, holy stones and magic tools created by mankind. The research took place in various locations such as Karadjov Kamak, Utroba Cave, Dupchen Kamak and various abandoned villages. After collecting several “treasures” from the past, comes the process of connecting them all together in a contemporary environment. The gallery will become a place of transformation and rebirth; a sanctuary dedicated to the Wombof – the Great Goddess of Fertility.”

See the artworks

artists news

Pravdoliub Ivanov

7 – Outside Traffic
Group Show
October 7 – November 3, 2022

Curators: Pravdoliub Ivanov, Genadi Gatev, Peter Tsanev, Krasimir Rusev, Simeon Stoilov

7 artists present their curatorial visions in the gallery space of The Union of Bulgarian Artists.

Pravdoliub Ivanov’s exhibition „New Plovdiv Realism” showcases works by six young artists from Plovdiv. Sarieva / Gallery has been working closely with some of them, such as Dimitar Shopov, Martina Vacheva, Mitch Brezounek, Valko Chobanov and Velizar Dimchev. All of them participated in the “BACKGROUND: Young Artists from Plovdiv” project.

About the artwork: Valko Chobanov

Valko Chobanov’s work was part of the BACKGROUND: YOUNG ARTISTS FROM PLOVDIV group show, organized by Sariev Contemporary (currently Sarieva Gallery) in 2019. The following text, written by the artist, was featured in the exhibition brochure:

I: am from Plovdiv, yes, but I no longer consider myself young. From a young age, I had the dream of joining Club 27, but unfortunately I am not a musician and was forced to focus on the visual arts. This year I turned 28, so now I have a new deadline – up to 35. Van Gogh was 35 when he cut his ear, and in honor of this, to this day it is considered the age limit at which you move from a young artist to an established artist. I hope that in 10 years there will be a „Background: Established artists from Plovdiv“.

WE: There‘s nothing to talk about, we‘re number one, let‘s not argue, we‘re number one.

YOU: have a chance to see the art of young Plovdiv artists; we are supposed to be the last generation of artists to have free time to paint. In the future, as the ocean level rises, people will either mutate and have gills like Kevin Costner in the Waterworld and live at the foot of the hills where they spend their days fighting for territorial supremacy with radioactive catfish and carp. Or else they will live on the tops of the hills, where there will be no free time to paint because of the constant attacks and raids of the seagulls. So you have one last chance to see this art at peace.

ТHЕY: are coming.

recent media

Melania Toma – residency artist of Open Arts Foundation and Sarieva Gallery and

Culture Line, BNT
In Bulgarian

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Nedko Solakov joined bTV’s ‘Before noon’ morning show

From October 10th till October 15th Nedko Solakov was one of the weekly commentators at the show. Archives of each episode are available on bTV’s site.

In Bulgarian

Watch Here

artnewscafé, Plovdiv

Upcoming: NO\ON’s Tróchia Collection [τροχιά]

Tróchia Collection [τροχιά]
NO\ON Studio
Solo exhibition

Opening: 12.11.2022, 18:30
artnewscafe, Plovdiv

Studio NO\ON is a Bulgarian collectible product design studio, founded by Julian Mikov and Dimitar Vranchev in 2019. The design duo’s mission is to focus the public’s attention on natural processes transforming matter into an aesthetic suitable for interior space. For better process control, the studio is experimenting with integrating aging or now forgotten craft techniques.

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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.

This month we present to you the video documentation from the curatorial project FUTURE UNFORGETTABLE: Phase II On Vacation with this video focused on the artistic communities in Varna. The section Video channel on Open Art Files aims to document, preserve and present a series of events, programs, discussions and stories for which the video archive media is most appropriate, namely live public meetings and those in a virtual online environment.

Watch the video here.


Geometry of the body
By Dessislava Dimova

In Open Art Files’ new topic Dessislava Dimova has chosen to focus on the ideological opposition between the figurative and the abstract, examined through the symbol of the „grid“ and its significance for abstract thinking and expression in art.


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 November issue on it’s new page.

¬ cover : Brad Downey Artist Talk / Goethe-Institut Bulgarien, 1 Budapesta St. / October 10, 18.30, © Brad Downey, personal archive

In Support of the Eco System:
Кабинѐт Art Advisory

Кабинѐт Art Advisory provides a free consultation to young artists and entrepreneurs at the end of every 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 © Radostin Sedevchev ©Yana Lozeva ©Stefan Nikolaev, Two Faces ©Luchezar Boyadjiev, On Vacation: Alexander the Great from Thessaloniki”, 2004 © Nedko Solakov, Historical Decision, 1987, set of 7 drawings; charcoal, graphite, red chalk on paper; 70 x 100 cm each. Acquired for the Mudam collection. © Nedko Solakov, Leftovers from Fairytales, 2020 ©Sasho Stoitzov, Billy’s antiques & props, 2015

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