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.

Christo. From Gabrovo to the Arc de Triomphe
Documentary exhibition
/September 17 - November 30, 2021, Фквжьисьх Cultural Institute, Paris, France/

Christo. From Gabrovo to the Arc de Triomphe is a joint initiative of the Museum of Humor and Satire and the Bulgarian Cultural Institute in Paris with the support of the Municipality of Gabrovo and the Ministry of Culture. The exhibition is dedicated to the long-awaited and postponed implementation of the artist's project for the packaging of the Arc de Triomphe this year in the French capital.

The exhibition consists of 30 rarely shown works of art, photographs, facsimiles, tracing back the early years of the world-famous artist Hristo Yavashev, born in 1935 in Gabrovo. It is an adaptation of the project Born in Gabrovo, realized in 2017 in Gabrovo and in Sofia in 2019. Designed for foreign audiences, it is simplified with regard to some of the documentary exhibits that would be incomprehensible to visitors who do not speak Bulgarian. But at the same time, the exhibition was expanded to include Hristo's student years.

The curator of the exhibition is Margarita Dorovska; the texts of the Parisian version are the work of Evgenia Atanasova-Teneva, who has a serious contribution to the research work, together with Elena Nikolova, Margarita Dorovska and the Association Our GREATER Gabrovo. The exhibition and graphic designer is Martina Deneva, and the translations into French and English were made by Stanimir Delchev and Traci Speed.


Maritime Cartoons - works from the art collection of the Museum of Humour and Satire
Cartoons
/July 22 - August 19, 2021, Gabenski Gallery, Tryavna/

The selected collection of 28 cartoons from the rich museum collection features 25 artists from 18 countries. Each cartoonist has broached the marine subject matter not only with an individual sense of humour, but from a surprisingly curious aspect.

Admittedly, everyone has a unique sense of the sea related to a memorable experience, encounter, flared-up infatuation or disappointment, a grasp of fear, the anxiety of an environmentalist… For some the seaside means an insouciant summer holiday, for others – a tedious workday. But something else is lurking behind the private; it is frequently visible or perceptible only to an artist with a distinct sense of humour.

Apart from making us laugh, some of the cartoons urge us to reflect on issues like protesting, pollution and climate change.

The exhibition does not aim to exhaust the whole gamut of emotions the sea evokes, but it is sure to make our days by the sea more colourful, as well as to quietly whisper in our ear that The World Lasts because It Laughs.

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.