EXHIBITIONS / TRAVELLING

The Museum HOUSE OF HUMOUR AND SATIRE is showing diverse thematic art exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad; they are listed in the Calendar of Events and Exhibitions held all the year round.

Science by the Laws of Humour - works from art collection of the House of Humour and Satire
Cartoons
/February 11 - 22, 2019, Sveti Luka National High School of Applied Arts, Sofia/

The exhibition features copies of 34 cartoons by 32 artists from 19 countries. The originals are kept in the art collection of the Museum. The issues and themes treated in the exhibition are both numerous and varied. Do scientists have a sense of humour? How do ingenious minds arrive at their discoveries? Will we ever puzzle out the mysterious potential of the human brain? How easy it is to 'dive' into the unfathomable depths of science? What is the impact of new technologies on us and to what extent are we dependent on them? Will we be able to preserve the world flora and the fauna? How far will innovations take us and will robots take control over us in the future?

The greatest minds of world science claim that serious science is impossible without the indispensable measure of imagination. On the other hand, the masters of the pen and the brush are explicit that any truthful piece of art should be based on facts. Where do the laws of humour intersect those of science? The science that is called upon to seek solutions to the grave civilizational problems of humankind broadening its horizons? Cartoonists from Japan to Argentina offer attempted answers daring to plunge into the depths of science.

The organizers of the exhibition cherish a glimmer of hope that the works on display could spark the imagination and inventiveness of more than a few representatives of contemporary Bulgarian science. Is it too much to even dream about a possible new invention after the closing of the exhibition?


Finesse on the Tip of the Pencil - one-artist exhibition of Paolo Dalponte (Italy)
Cartoons
/September 28, 2016 - December 15, 2017, Dr. Tota Venkova Multiprofile Hospital for Active Treatment/

The exhibition of Italian illustrator, painter and cartoonist PAOLO DALPONTE features 36 works from his second display at the House of Humour and Satire. In 2015, at the time of the 22nd International Biennial of Humour and Satire in the Arts, the artist flew over to Gabrovo to receive in person the special prize for cartoon awarded to him by the Ministry of Health of R. Bulgaria.

Holder of more than 40 prizes from international competitions, Paolo Dalponte was born in Poia di Lomaso, Italy, where he still lives and works. He graduated from the National Institute of Applied Arts of Trento. He has collaborated with a number of publishing houses and has taught the techniques of pencil drawing at evening classes. His art has been on display in 42 solo shows across the globe.

The title of the exhibition - Finesse on the Tip of the Pencil - is a pure metaphor of the artist's style. He prefers the black-and-white technique, therefore the pencil is his most suited tool to describe subjects in sharp details. In Dalponte's view the absence of colour takes to a colder view of the subject, to a more analytical rather than emotional viewpoint.