• Sharks and butterflies intertwined

      Sharks and butterflies intertwined

      Sharks suspended in formaldehyde, graphics of oversized pills and flooring patterned with butterflies await high-rolling guests staying in the most expensive hotel suite in the world. The so-called Empathy Suite does not only include the eccentric artworks of the British artist Damien Hirst, but is actually designed by him and New York firm Bentel & Bentel Architects for the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas.

    • The space that connects us

      The space that connects us

      With its latest project, The Space Between Us, Goethe-Institut Bulgaria is turning one of its innovative initiatives into a tradition. In 2018 the institute's art gallery in Sofia launched the 1+1: Art Scene Germany programme, which aims to simultaneously present the latest that the German contemporary art scene has to offer and shine a light on the Bulgarian artists living in Germany.

    • Female artist challenges male dominance in art

      Female artist challenges male dominance in art

      An exhibition by the famous German artist Rosemarie Trockel was opened at the Structura Art Gallery in Sofia on Valentine's Day and will remain on display there until 30 March. The show is part of a series of solo exhibitions within the programme of the German Institute for Foreign Cultural Relations (IFA) and is organised in association with Goethe-Institut Bulgaria.

    • Real games

      Real games

      Borjana Ventzislavova demonstrates the ability to capture the immersive nature of games by revisiting the somewhat forgotten leisure activities of the recent past in her latest project. The Real Games exhibition was inspired by the artist's desire to revive her generation's experience and memory of playing outdoors, with sometimes simple or even home-made toys.

    • Organising the world through photography

      Organising the world through photography

      One of the most influential photographers of the 21st century, American Roger Ballen, made his first visit to Bulgaria to open his retrospective Archetypes at the Square 500 Gallery on 13 November. Two days later, he gave a lecture in which he talked about photography and what lies beyond it, about art that lasts and the stages his art has gone through over time.

    • Algorithm art fetches $432,500 at auction

      Algorithm art fetches $432,500 at auction

      A painting created by artificial intelligence (AI) smashed new boundaries, selling for $432,000 at the Christie's Prints and Multiples art auction in New York on Thursday. The art piece, called "Portrait of Edmond Belamy," is the first work of art created entirely by AI to go up for sale at a major art auction and the $432,000 haul was quite the shocker, since it was expected to fetch only between $7,000 and $10,000.

    • Montreal doctors prescribe art museum visits

      Montreal doctors prescribe art museum visits

      Laughter may be the best medicine, but culture works wonders for your mental and physical health as well. That’s the thinking driving a new initiative in Montreal, Canada, where doctors will be able suggest unusual course of treatment, prescribing free art museum visits to patients with a range of ailments, from depression to diabetes to chronic illnesses.

    • Structures of thought

      Structures of thought

      Works by leading contemporary Austrian artists, including photography, video, paintings and sculptures, are part of the Structures of Thought, an exhibition hosted by Sofia's Structura Gallery. The Austrian Embassy in Sofia co-organises the event with the Gallery.

    • Journalist mastering crochet

      Journalist mastering crochet

      Her practice with a microphone was not in vain - the journalist is very skilful with crochet hooks as well. Vesselina Bozhilova, a career TV journalist, is getting into a new craft - she crochets dolls. During the last year, she devoted her leisure time to crocheting toys. This hobby helps her relax after a busy day full of all kinds of events.