Bulgarian spring 2018

Spontaneous age people tend to be beautiful. For the sake of expression of their creative emotions, they make unexpected steps, pass the tests, seek out artistic images overcoming the torment of creativity ... The lifeblood from which inspiration is drawn by artists is the history of mankind is full of fateful events. One of such phenomena is the liberation struggle of the Bulgarian people from the Osman's yoke.
The Bulgarian Embassy in Ukraine, headed by the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Bulgaria to Ukraine Krasimir Minchevym, the Association of Bulgarians of Ukraine headed by Anton Kiss, the Society of Bulgarian Culture "Rodolubiy" and the Art Gallery "Mityts", director Anna Lavreka, arranged an art exhibition "Bulgarian Spring" devoting her 140 a decade from the liberation of Bulgaria from the Ottoman yoke.
The exhibition featured works by renowned Bulgarian artists (Jordan Mostlykov, Ivan Stoyanov), Ukrainian artists of Bulgarian origin (Larisa Pukhanova, Volodymyr Filatov, Oleksandr Kary, Pavel Balamaggi, Ivan and Zlaty Shishman, Peter and Larisa Chakir, Anna Kharchenko Balamadzhy ) and artists who sincerely love Bulgaria have repeatedly visited and painted Bulgarian landscapes (Aleksey Voziyanov, Viktor Medvedev, Oksana Stratiychuk, Vitaliy Prizant, Anna Primakova, Alexei Bednoy, Oksana Kartavseva, Vadim Zhukovsky, Tatiana and Olga Didenko Shishman). In general, the work of twenty-three artists tells the saga of life, struggle, folk traditions and preferences of the Bulgarian people. Landscapes, still lifes, sacred monuments hundreds of which are built up to the new era, tell about the original historical development of Bulgarian culture from ancient times to the present. The works are full of national character, the internal force which is so characteristic of the freethinking Bulgarian people.
What do we know about Bulgaria? Why is liberation from the Ottoman yoke of particular importance for the courageous Bulgarian people? Open the veil of history. Bulgaria developed under double oppression: on the one hand, the Turkish authorities, on the other hand, were the Greek Patriarchate. Therefore, from ancient times, the national liberation movement is quite characteristic of the Bulgarian people, but he climbed his climax in the middle of the nineteenth century. The Bulgarians sent their struggle to defend their native language, a national school, independent of the Greek Patriarchate of the Church. Therefore, the baptism of Bulgaria by King Boris in 865 gave the Bulgarian culture a new impetus. Christianity with incredibly fruitful Byzantine traditions has abundantly entered the spiritual life of the Bulgarians.
On the basis of folk customs, folklore and literary heritage, an original Bulgarian culture arose. In folk art, vivid colors appeared, clothes decorated with embroidered majors' ornament had signs of combat character. A temperamental lively character of Bulgarian women was revealed in bright shawls that were traditionally decorated with live flowers
Among the people were small orchestras that performed miniature works from waltzes to mazurok and polka, bringing in a joyful mood. Separate celebrations were dedicated to fire, roses where they staged theatrical performances full of healthy humor, sparkling dances. All this was clearly revealed in his writings "Knitters" or a series of compositions on the theme "Besarabskogo wedding rite" by Peter Chakir; People's motifs have been voiced by Alexander Kara in the full-fledged philosophical content of the paintings "Mystery of the Water" and "Native Hut". The beauty of ancient ornaments was revealed in the geometrical compositions of Ivan Stoyanov.
Many tourists arrive on the Black Sea coast of the Balkan Peninsula to experience the national color and admire the exotic beauty of local landscapes. which is provided by the mountains of Musala, Vitosha, the Pirin massif, the navigable and picturesque Danube River. In addition, in Bulgaria there are hundreds of monuments built up to the new era, which attract its special beauty and mystery. Suffice it to call the magnificent picture of Alexei Bidnoy "Asen Fortress".
The paintings of the exhibition are landscapes of Tatiana Didenko, Vadim Zhukovsky, genre paintings full of code signs and symbols by Ivan Shishman and Oksana Stratiychuk. The joyous spring mood was presented by artists Larisa Chakir, Oksana Karattseva, and the panoramic landscapes of Vitaliy Pizant are concerned with a special major mood.
The artists managed to combine modern technologies with the assets of historical styles and formations of the purely Balkan trend. On the background of mixed styles and compositional techniques, the author's finds were shining, in which the response of the Fayum rock paintings, the classics of the Greek warrants, and the high spirit of the Renaissance is felt. In the works of a lot of light as in the paintings of Tetyana Kugai from Poltava, the flow of the sun creates the extraordinary life-giving power of landscapes of Pavel Balamadzhy and Alexei Vozianov. Victor Medvedev's "Memoirs" picture is full of romantic mood, and the panoramic landscape called "Sunbathing Trees" by Ivan Shishman encourages reflection. In all, saints Boris and Hlib, "Angel", "Leda" are created in bronze by well-known sculptor Vladimir Filatov.
Many common features in the history of the Ukrainian and Bulgarian peoples create a unique channel for reading the works of the submitted works. First of all, it is the aspiration of independence, cultural, ethnic and linguistic closeness, friendly relations checked by time. Apparently, in the welcoming speeches at the opening of the exhibition, there was a willingness to continue to support such creative activities that promote the preservation of friendship between our peoples.
It really came spring with her life-giving energy, which filled the presented works.
Valentina Yefremova, art critic, honored worker of Ukrainian culture.