Bulgarian art to be exhibited in Pompidou

Bernard Blistene

Bernard Blistene, Director of Centre George Pompidou in Paris, visited Sofia last week to find out what are the chances for contemporary Bulgarian art to expand the collection of his museum.

Bernard Blistene, Director of Centre George Pompidou in Paris, visited Sofia last week to find out what are the chances for contemporary Bulgarian art to expand the collection of his museum. Pompidou, established in 1977, boasts one of the world's three biggest collections of modern and contemporary art. Every year over 7m people visit its exhibition halls.
The idea of adding a Bulgarian collection to its exhibits came two years ago when the museum's funds were replenished with a generous donation of contemporary Russian art. Then, in the words of Bernard Blistene, he realised that he was indebted to Eastern Europe. Museum curator Desislava Dimova gave him additional impetus to pay attention to Bulgaria.
It is a practice for the famous French museum to select new works after an in-depth study of the local art scene. After the selected works are exhibited in Paris, they become part of its collection. Some are presented by art collectors, others - by the authors themselves. Lucci-Gutnikov, Chief Curator of Centre George Pompidou, also arrived in Sofia to help with the process of selection. 

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