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.

Hot Peppers - a documentary exhibition
Copies of pages from the eponymous collection
/May 10, 2021, Stiliyan Chilingirov Regional Library, Shumen/

2018 marked the 50th anniversary of the publication of the scandalous book Hot Peppers with folk epigrams, selected by Radoi Ralin and illustrated by Boris Dimovski. It was published in the turbulent year of 1968, crowned by the events in Czechoslovakia. The communist government in Bulgaria was paranoid, and communist leader Todor Zhivkov allowed himself to be persueded that one of the pages in the book was a direct attack on him. The satire in Hot Peppers turned out to go beyond the permitted measure and the edition was withdrawn from the bookstore network. Only two or three thousand copies were sold, and the authors were fired and without the right to publish their works for several years.

However, the purchased books - photocopied, transcribed and redrawn - had their own life to live becoming a rare treasure, secretly passed from hand to hand. This is presented in this documentary exhibition, consisting of copies of pages from the collection Hot Peppers.


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.