Meeting a year later
Arte gallery shows lesser-known and kept in private collections works of the great Bulgarian artist Svetlin RusevEuropost
A retrospective exhibition of the prominent Bulgarian artist Svetlin Rusev (1933-2018) is staged at the Arte gallery, located at 31, Bouzludzha St., in Sofia. The collection will be on display till 8 June and shows 20 works by the Maestro: oil paintings, aquarelles and drawings covering a large span of his creative life - the earliest are from the 1960s while the latest one is dated 2012. On 26 May will be the one-year commemoration since Svetlin Rusev's death. All of the works are donated to the exposition by private collectors and have been very rarely exhibited.
“Throughout the years we were privileged to organise his exceptional exhibitions - every time to us it was a happy contact with professionalism and highest standards of art,” says Gergana Borissova, gallerist of Arte.
“Today, when he is not among us, it is a hard and very responsible job to present his works, but we are trying to do it with the due respect, keeping the memory of the artist and the person Svetlin Rusev. His disciples and friends, collectors and associates - we all have great respect to his memory and his remarkable personality.”
The life cause of Rusev, an artist who was as much rejected as he was loved, was spirituality and the manifestation of true spirit in art, Borissova says. His industriousness was contagious, she adds, and his words were dictated by the true passion of an enlightener. “I will be wrong if I say that meetings with Svetlin Rusev have remained in my memory only. He believed that these processes are running beyond time and space as we know them, and that art is a real salvation to those who see and feel with their hearts,” Gergana Borissova remembers. The meeting with the artist is here and now only to prove it, she says. Because everybody has his own way to experience the personality of Svetlin Rusev, his works and his perception of art, which hardly leave anyone indifferent.
I would like to believe that we have not lost the memory of our Teachers, the gallerist adds. I would like to believe that the night is about over… Then she cites the words of Svetlin Rusev on the occasion of one of his most memorable exhibitions - The Agony in the Garden, at the National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia, staged on the occasion of his 75th anniversary in 2008: “And when everything goes forth into the night, when no one is left not spit upon and rejected, when there is no pain spared to us, when the tired and exhausted have lost their Way and Faith, when the last hope forsakes us - our Teachers come back again to their grey-haired children who once played the adults without understanding the rules in the game of life.”