THE FIRST SEVEN YEARS
Edmond Demirdjian Foundation Painting Award. :: 20.04 - 27.05 :: 2017
The First Seven Years. Edmond Demirdjian. Foundation Painting Award.
kurator Daniela Radeva
April 20 – May 14, 2017
Opening: April 20, 2017, 7 p.m.
Contemporary Space Gallery, Varna.
Artists: Minko Jovchev (2010), Kalia Kalacheva (2011), Velislava Gecheva (2012), Lyuben Petrov (2013), Radoil Serafimov (2014), Angela Terzieva and Eleonora Terzieva (2015), Radoslav Ninov (2016)
“The artist needs a degree of coldness. Because if I start to exaggerate the moment of beginning, to deify and mystify; if I get too much respected, I will never reach for the canvas. You jump into the water, then you think how you will sort yourself out.”
Contemporary Space Gallery presents the first joint exhibition of the prizewinners of the Edmond Demirdzhiyan Foundation Painting Award. It was founded in 2010 by Maria Vassileva and the Edmond Demirdzhiyan Foundation in memory of the famous painter and drummer, whom his friends will remember for his great passion for painting, his sense of humor and high efficiency in both arts. The aim of the award is each year to find out and encourage an artist from the younger generation of painters who has the potential and desire to devote himself in a long-term to painting. In a broader sense, this cause is important for developing and maintaining the level of contemporary painting in Bulgaria. Traditionally, the winner of the prize is presented with a solo exhibition at Rakursi Gallery in Sofia.
The exhibition at the Contemporary Space for the first time brings together all previous prize winners and shows the progress in their work. Most of the selected works are new and are displayed for the first time. The event bears the character of an account and assessment of young artists who prove their dedication to the arts and stand upon their awards. The occasion for this event is to mark the seventh anniversary of the prize and to render an account of the artists as well as of the Edmond Demirdzhiyan Foundation itself. But above all, the exhibition has the qualities and the potential to be a representative exposition of the newest and most interesting in painting in this country.