09 August, 2005

japanese printmaking in bulgaria

Bulgaria in Brief: 7 August 2005, Sunday.

A Festival of Contemporary Japanese Printmaking Art was opened in Sofia. The exhibition includes the presentation of seven contemporary Japanese artists and comes under the Contemporary Art Prints From Japan and Bulgaria project which started in 2001 with the first exhibition in Sofia and was followed by exhibitions in Kyoto Museum for Modern Art and Tokyo Metropolitan Museum.

The Japanese artists have all worked seeking new expressions through the techniques of print. They belong to the Japan Print Association, which has held a public print exhibition annually each spring in Japan. Each of them has created the works being conscious of the strong possibilities of the graphic art techniques.

from the sofia newsagency

earlier (Thu 01 Nov 2001)

The National Foreign Art Gallery is hosting a unique meeting of Bulgarian and Japanese art in an exhibition of Contemporary Art Prints from Japan and Bulgaria. From November 5 to 30, the halls of the gallery in Alexander Nevski Square, at 1, 19 February Street, will show to art admirers the best of the graphic art of both countries.

The works of 30 artists from Japan and Bulgaria will be on display showing the best examples of graphic art created over the past few years. Bulgarian participants include artists who have gained fame over the past 20 or even 30 years, such as Rumen Scorchev, Nikolai Maystorov, Ivan Ninov and Milko Bozhkov. Their Japanese counterparts include renowned artists such as Tadayoshi Nakabayashi, Seiko Kawachi, Tetsuya Noda, as well as artists from the younger generation such as Rika Saito, Yuka Oshita and Chiaki Shuji.

The exhibition is organized by the Lessedra Gallery together with the Japanese Embassy in Bulgaria, the Japan Foundation and the Union of Bulgarian Artists under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture.

The idea for the joint exhibition first came last spring during the visit to Bulgaria of Akira Kurosaki, a professor at the department of printmaking and papermaking with the Kyoto Seika University, said Georgi Kolev, owner of the private Bulgarian gallery Lessedra. The gallery was chosen by the Japanese participants to be the main organizer of the event.

article continues
from the sofia echo

Contemporary Bulgarian Art Prints presented in Kyoto Municipal Museum of Art September 30th - October 13th 2003 in Tokushima Modern Art MuseumNovember 8th - November 13th 2003


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