The Afternoon of an Ideology

The Afternoon of an Ideology, an exhibition curated by Georgi Lozanov and Georgi Gospodinov, was opened at the National Gallery of Macedonia in Skopje on 12 June, BGNES reported.

The Afternoon of an Ideology, an exhibition curated by Georgi Lozanov and Georgi Gospodinov, was opened at the National Gallery of Macedonia in Skopje on 12 June, BGNES reported. It presents artworks from the Sofia City Art Gallery's collection through the two curators' “non-art” eyes. The selection reflects a search for testimonies of the communist period and the way it was experienced by artists of the time. The show's concept is two-fold. One aspect is that artists used their own language to write pages of the period's micro-level history, and the other is that artists by default are participants in a “two-way street dynamic” - while they are capturing reality, reality is leaving its imprint on them, infiltrating their works with or without permission. In that sense, the aesthetic merits of the pieces were not the determining factor in selecting the paintings and sculptures currently on display, which is not to say that they lack such. Their authors include some of the greatest names in Bulgarian painting, all artists with strong views about that period and making art during it. Visitors of the exhibition will be able to immerse themselves in the authors' creative thinking and artistic attitudes. The focus is not so much on the paintings' style as it is on the glimpse they provide into the social environment inhabited by the artists away from their public personas, in the confines of their own home or in a moment of rest. 
The search for “art evidence”, documenting the private person of the communist period, produced four thematic fields, roughly represented as the following dyads: transport/city, window/contemplation, everyday life/holiday and childhood/guilt. The exhibition is part of the long-term project The Other Eye, which presents the rich and diverse collection of the Sofia City Art Gallery through the eyes of non-artist intellectuals. 
The exhibition's catalogue, printed both in Bulgarian and English, features essays by the curators and plates of the selected artworks.

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