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The Mirror Room – the Legend Comes to Life
"The most important rule in reality is not to get lost in your own illusions "*

On September 18 opens doors a new Mirror Room in the Museum of Humor and Satire. A legendary room comes to life after so many visitors to the museum argue it had existed in the past, and some even claim to have visited it in their youth. The truth, however, is that such a room in the Museum of Humour and Satire has never been before. There have been several curved mirrors, installed in two of the foyers of the building reconstructed in the 1970s. The Museum team is going to redress this "injustice" on September 18, 2020 opening a new Mirror Room that will offer not just a set of attractions - it will bring out the quintessence of Gabrovo humor in a series of author's installations.

Famed as the Capital of Humor, Gabrovo is a town where locals take pride in their ability to ironize themselves and entertain others with their frugality and sense of economy; tourists go for it as a destination expecting to find themselves in a place of fun, wit and enterprise. The Gabrovo mirrors in the new room will positively meet this demand - they are curved, funny and attractive. They reflect the spirit of Gabrovo humor, transforming a person without great expense. The Mirror Room is the latest permanent exhibition in the Museum; it is located on the first floor, next to the new souvenir shop, and it features a series of varied author's curved mirrors and optical illusions. Visitors will see themselves in a new light in the Gabrovo selfie booths; beautify themselves at almost no cost with the Gabrovo plastic surgery; get lost and find themselves in the smallest, but very confusing Gabrovo mirror labyrinth. The most valuable object in the room is the glamorous Gaberge Egg with a faucet (a whole egg is too much for a meal!). Another legend has it that Alexander III's heirs wanted to buy it, but the thrifty managers of the Museum of Humor and Satire figured out they would earn more from the admission tickets if they kept it.

The new room comprises a series of art installations designed by the young Gabrovo artist Nevena Ekimova who is participant in two of the editions of the Gabrovo Biennale and designer of the children's favourite exhibition room Garden Town opened in April 2019. Two of the attractions - the Gaberje Egg with a faucet and the Kaleidoscope for Two are the work of another participant in the last Gabrovo Biennale, i.e., the Veliko Tarnovo artist Plamen Kondov. Sharing space with the new souvenir shop, the new Mirror Room is part of a long-awaited renovation of the first floor of the Museum.

These two strategic interventions are an important investment in the development of the Museum, which, especially at a time when all tourist sites are back on their feet in the post-covid crisis, will help attract new visitors and contribute to the choice of Gabrovo as a tourist destination of the year in which the Capital of Humor celebrates 160 years since its declaration as a city.



The new Mirror Room is realized with the support of:

The new Mirror Room is realized with the support of: Culture Program of Gabrovo Municipality
Public Donation Fund, Gabrovo
America for Bulgaria Foundation
Express Car Service, Gabrovo
Noble Graphics Ltd.
FourPlus Studio Kranproekt EOOD
Inter Power Ltd.
MDMT EOOD
Coffee Library
BramBar Studio
Stancho Atanasov Ivan Kolev

* Quote from the movie "Genesis", USA, 2010

16.09.2020
New Museum Souvenir Shop
The official opening is on September 18 at 6:30 p.m. We are expecting you!

A new souvenir shop opens in the Museum of Humor and Satire. It is the one and only museum project in this country that is implemented with full credit financing. The loan amounts to BGN 80,000 and has a repayment period of 10 years; the funds are provided by the Regional Fund for Urban Development - North. With its eighty square meters, it will be the largest museum souvenir shop in Bulgaria. It will offer both traditional Gabrovo souvenirs and many new ones as their variety will continue to enlarge. For the new souvenirs, the museum team works with a number of designers, artists and craftsmen, including Studio Punkt; Christopher Cholak, a Bulgarian living in Istanbul; photographer Rosina Pencheva; artist Yanko Yanev; the ceramics artists Veselin Damyanov and Encho Gankovski. The Koleff chocolate factory is producing a chocolate egg with a faucet. Thanks to the partnership with Knigomania, the souvenir shop will offer best-selling titles of satirical literature, luxury art, architecture and design books and clever toys. The museum shop will continue to offer limited editions of works by artists who stage exhibitions at the museum.

The credit financing for the new museum souvenir shop is provided by the Growing Regions Program, the Regional Fund for Urban Development - North, the Fund of Funds and DSK Bank.

16.09.2020
P R O G R A M M E
September 2020


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Antihero - solo exhibition of Bulgarian graphic artists Kaloyan Iliev Kokimoto;
Meanwhile, Elsewhere. The Century of Czech Comics - a guest exhibition from the Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia;
Alyosha and the Cat - video installation by Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda
Women Cartoonists - finalists for the Women Cartoonists International Award 2019.
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

September 17
6:00 p.m. - Opening of the documentary exhibition Hot Peppers in Danchova House, Plovdiv

September 18
6:00 p.m. - Opening of the solo exhibition Antihero by Bulgarian graphic artist Kaloyan Iliev Kokimoto (Room 6, free admission)

September 19, Saturday
11:00 a.m. - Alter ego - a lecture about the life and work of artist Kaloyan Iliev Kokimoto given by Kaloyan Iliev
1:00 p.m. - Optical Illusions - children's workshop with visual demonstration, experiments and interpretation of physical phenomena from the section Optics; the event is held within the European Heritage Days initiative.


September 26, Sunday
11:00 a.m. - Op Art - children's workshop presenting optical art as a part of art with examples of famous works; the event is held within the European Heritage Days initiative.

27.08.2020


The museum - more accessible than ever
The Museum of Humor and Satire has taken another step towards the socialization of its exhibition spaces

From mid-August 2020, the Museum of Humor and Satire has two new facilities for visitors with locomotive disabilities and is now fully accessible.

The new acquisitions allow people in wheelchairs to reach all levels of the Museum, and this meets one of the main goals set in the National Strategy for Ensuring Equal Opportunities for People with Disabilities at the Ministry of Labor and Social Policy - "Ensuring equal opportunities for sports, recreation, tourism and participation in cultural life. " The implementation of the project was possible thanks to financial support from the Agency for People with Disabilities. The subsidy granted amounts to BGN 25,500.

The portable and compact stair robot of the Italian company KSP ITALIA is suitable for almost all types of wheelchairs, has a high level of security and allows people with disabilities to reach any point in the broken architecture of the building.

The Liftboy vertical platform of the Austrian company Lehner Lifttechnik GmbH has a load capacity of up to 240 kg. and enables visitors with wheelchairs to have access to the conference hall of the Museum, which annually hosts a number of events, such as book presentations, film screenings, creative and educational workshops, etc. A new permanent exhibition dedicated to Gabrovo humor is to be built at this level. The platform does not require the presence of an assistant, which provides maximum freedom of movement. By improving the accessibility of the conference hall, which has one hundred seats and technical facilities, the hall can become a preferred place for special events for people with disabilities.

The project complements and builds on two previous ones implemented by the Museum of Humor and Satire: the first was carried out in 2007 and includes the construction of an elevator and access ramps; the second, realized in 2016, is for the construction of a sanitary and hygienic room, adapted for people in wheelchairs.

The project is implemented in accordance with Bulgarian legal regulations and meets European practices in the field of accessibility of the architectural environment for people with disabilities.

20.08.2020
P R O G R A M M E
July 2020


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Meanwhile, Elsewhere. The Century of Czech Comics - a guest exhibition from the Czech Cultural Centre, Sofia;
Alyosha and the Cat - video installation by Kamen Stoyanov and Katharina Swoboda
Europe in Bulgarian - poster art by contemporary Bulgarian visual artists presented by the poster art platform plakatkombinat.com;
Women Cartoonists - finalists for the Women Cartoonists International Award 2019.
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova.

July 6 - 24
Summer in the Humour Museum - summer vacation children's programme

The activities begin between 08:00 and 09:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. everyday; they are designed for children aged 7 - 11 years.

01.07.2020


WE OPEN THE DOORS AGAIN !!!

In compliance with all anti-epidemic measures for closed spaces, currently in force, as of 14 May 2020 the Museum of Humor and Satire opens its doors to visitors without time zoning for different ages and during normal working hours - from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., from Tuesday to Sunday. The visits will be conducted in strict accordance with the requirement for a social distance of at least 1.5 meters and the mandatory wearing of a protective mask.

At this stage, requests for group visits are not accepted, and children's creative and educational workshops continue to be held online on the Facebook page (https://bit.ly/2TgYdt5) and on the Youtube channel (https://bit.ly/ 3bqgLgE) of the Museum.

The exhibition rooms of the Museum are waiting for their impatient visitors! And no matter how much the situation does not allow the unfolding of the Gabrovo carnival along the streets of the city, there will still be surprises. Let this time the eyes be raised to the terraces of the Gabrovo citizens!

13.05.2020

1 April 2020


Dear artists, friends, fellow citizens, colleagues,
Dear children,

For the first time in its 48-year history the House of Humor and Satire will celebrate its birthday online. Unfortunately, its doors will remain closed and the exhibition rooms empty for the usual crowds of visitors and guests. Sad! But think, hasn’t each of us had at least one birthday in our lives without guests, cake and gifts?

It is so now. The time of emergency calls on us to be humble and disciplined. Let's stay home and hope the coronavirus will someday get tired raging around. And then, then we will celebrate physically together - in new exhibitions, with colorful children's workshops, presentations of bestsellers and film screenings.

For now, though, we have to keep your spirits up on the Museum's Facebook page, as well as the https://bit.ly/2QeolmA Facebook group, where we kindly invite you to share your funny stories, pictures, memes and comments. What a unique chance to celebrate both together and at no cost at all!

The Museum team


31.03.2020
Concerned and caring about the health of our visitors and museum employees, we announce that as of March 14 the Museum of Humour and Satire will be closed to visit. Do follow our Facebook page where we shall be sharing cartoons and art works from our collection, as well as some of our most intriguing recent exhibitions.
Take care, stay at home and do not forget to share funny pictures, memes and comments in the Facebook group of our Museum https://bit.ly/2QeolmA
And keep in mind that THE WORLD LASTS BECAUSE IT LAUGHS!



P R O G R A M M E
March 2020


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

New Bulgarian Typography 2 - a typography project of Boril Karaivanov and Kiril Zlatkov;
Europe in Bulgarian - poster art by contemporary Bulgarian visual artists presented by the poster art platform plakatkombinat.com;
Women Cartoonists - finalists for the Women Cartoonists International Award 2019.
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

March 6
Opening of the exhibition Women Cartoonists - finalists for the Women Cartoonists International Award 2019 organized by the United Sketches, France

10.03.2020


P R O G R A M M E
February 2020


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

New Bulgarian Typography 2 - a typography project of Boril Karaivanov and Kiril Zlatkov;
Europe in Bulgarian - poster art by contemporary Bulgarian visual artists presented by the poster art platform plakatkombinat.com;
Cartoon Salon 2019
- 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Milko Dikov, winner of the prize of the House of Humour and Satire given at the 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Trayko Popov;
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

February 6
6:00 p.m. - Europe in Bulgarian - opening of an exhibition of posters by contemporary Bulgarian visual artists presented by the poster art platform plakatkombinat.com (Room 6)
6:30 p.m. - Prsentation of the book Ideas without Limits. 30 Interviews with World-famous Artists from Bulgaria by Daniel Nenchev (Giraffes Room)

February 13
6:00 p.m. - New Bulgarian Typography 2 - a typography project of Boril Karaivanov and Kiril Zlatkov (Room 3)

February 15 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - Painting with Hands - creative education workshop for children dedicated to the World Day of Sea Mammals Protection (World Whale Day) (Giraffes Room; participation fee - 5 lv.; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

February 29 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - The Day + in the New 2020 - creative education workshop for children dedicated to hobbies (Giraffes Room; participation fee - 5 lv.; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

29.01.2020


Literary Evening with journalist Daniel Nenchev

On February 6 at 6:30 p.m. the Museum of Humour and Satire will host the presentation of the book Ideas without Limits by journalist Daniel Nenchev. The venue is the Giraffes Room.

The book is a collection of interviews conducted with a galaxy of contemporary Bulgarian artists whose creative endeavours and achievements across the globe resonate deeply with the national culture. These are men and women of diverse personality traits capable of making an impact on millions of people in the world; of blazing new paths to communication and creating further dimensions in art. The book celebrates the 30th anniversary of the beginning of the democratic changes in Bulgaria.

Over the last 15 years Daniel Nenchev has been a TV and radio show host and has contributed to the following media: Max, Capital, Dnevnik, Intro, Artizanin, egoist.bg, to mention but a few. He has majored in Bulgarian language and literature and electronic media journalism from the Sofia University of St. Kliment Ohridski. He was awarded the Edward Prize from the Frankfurt festival Edit for the script of the short-length film Water

03.02.2020
P R O G R A M M E
January 2020


Temporary exhibitions at the Museum:

Beheadings - solo exhibition of artist Nicolai Panayotov;
Cartoon Salon 2019
- 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Milko Dikov, winner of the prize of the House of Humour and Satire given at the 44th National Cartoon Exhibition;
- Solo exhibition of Trayko Popov;
Stingy Doodles - installation by Nedko Solakov;
Nonument - a documentary exhibition focusing on the the Buzludzha monument;
Garden Town - exhibition for children on the topic of and within the 24. Gabrovo Biennial of Humour and Satire in Art. Auhored by Nevena Ekimova;
125 Years of the Birth of Bulgarian Satirist Rayko Aleksiev - cartoons by Rayko Aleksiev from the Humour of the Peoples art collection

January 11 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - A Cat Memento - creative workshop for children focused on how to make photo frames (Giraffes Room; participation fee - 5 lv.; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

January 25 (Saturday)
11:00 a.m. - The Great Knitting - workshop with artist Nevena Ekimova in Town Garden ( Participation fee - 16 lv. + 11 lv. for materials if the participant wants to keep the knitted item; for holders of the membership card Friends of Humour - 20% reduction)

January 31 - February 2 (Friday-Sunday)
Gabrovo Game Jam 2020 - a game development hackathon; prior registration on : http://www.mapto.typeform.com/to/gP8S2y

07.01.2020