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“Artistic heritage of Bulgaria”

National Art Gallery
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Sofia Evening Panoramic Tour and Bulgarian Dinner Included
Ranked #53 of 183 things to do in Sofia
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Reviewed October 10, 2013

National Gallery of Art is housed in the former Royal Palace. In the gallery are more than 3000 works of art - paintings, sculpture and graphics of prominent representatives of Bulgarian art during the Renaissance until the second half of the 20th century ..
Furthermore, the National Art Gallery presents the halls and temporary exposition - exhibitions of contemporary Bulgarian artists , visiting exhibitions.
Interest is the building of the National Gallery of Art . This place housed Saraya grazing . In 1816 the building was destroyed by fire . In 1873, on its new foundation is built Konak . In dungeons it gets sentence Vasil Levski . In 1879 the building became the residence of Prince Alexander Battenberg. On the eve of 1883 in the first place palace ball. The building contains elements of Renaissance and Baroque Viennese and French palaces reminiscent of the 18th century. In 1954 in the former Royal Palace housed the National Art Gallery and the National Ethnographic Museum.

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Reviewed August 14, 2013

This Art Gallery is in the Palace where the last king was living so just for that it is Worth going and visiting it. At least you will feel same as Kings felt fiew decades earlier.
There is another museum charing this building with the gallery so be careful not to buy the wrong tickets. They could have made 1 ticket for both places since the main entrance is the same. So for the gallery the tickets are near the stairs in the left room ( you must go Inside the room to buy tickets) very strange , normally tickets are in a open area! however as I said the price is only 6 leva for adults and 3 leva for kids and over 60 years. I was there today ( august 2013 ) and at least you feel also like you own the Palace, as we were the only ones to visit it in the afternoon! You will never have this opportunity in a big gallery or museum where ever you are! Old peoples are keeping the gallery, so do not expect some language else but bulgarian, there are great paintings and sculptures but nothing else. The place is at a very cool temperature ( refreshing when oustside is over 30°C) You are able to take pictures so take the opportunity of taking some in a former Palace. Near this area you ahve other museum and the Russian Church ( which is on maintenance) and not far from there the big Cathedrale Alexandre Nevski which is a must to visit!

Cool place to have a drink near this area is the Bar at the Radisson, or the Grand Café at the Grand Hotel Sofia, service is nice and food is great.

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Reviewed July 22, 2013

Outside the Gallery was a large banner proclaiming a retrospective of a Famous Bulgarian Artist. We duly went in and paid our admission fee. There was very little on display and when it came to the FBA, there was a video screen displaying his works. Ok cool, my partner (who speaks Bulgarian) gently enquired where could we now see the works? Oh no you can watch the screen, the works are locked away in the vault.
Comeon Bulgaria whom are you kidding? No self-respecting backstreet gallery would think they could away with that. It was pathetic. As it turned out, another exhibition was being held five minutes away-for which there was no entrance fee-of three (apparently) famous Bulgarian artists who had encountered each other during the earlier part of the twentieth century, and this was well worth seeing. The National Gallery was just a hoax

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Reviewed July 2, 2013

When in Sofia, it may be well worth to visit the former palace of Bulgarian Kings, currently the National Art Gallery. It is just in the city centre with good public transport access and eating facilities nearby. This was the former palace of the Bulgarian kings, but was almost stripped off of any belongings and furniture. It was recently refurbished and claimed to be made to look as it did in the 1930s (except for furniture).
Going there was a very pleasant experience. I did not find the art exibits impressive, but the builfding is a beautiful and shpws a lot of taste. I could compare it to some castles in Germany I have visited. Opening hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There is plentiful information in the internet, including details on the construction and plenty of pictures, but nevertheless, it is worth going there and combining this visit with one to the rest of the building - currently The Ethnographic Museum. Enjoy yourself.

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Reviewed June 22, 2013

When I visited the permanent collection was closed.... only a student exhibition, and a temporary retrospective exhibition of a Bulgarian modernist painter who recently died. Absolutely no information available in English. The student work was of 16 -18 year old work, (Students seen sketching around every monument in Sofia).. but was interesting in so far as it seemed to sum up the atmosphere of Sofia.. more many female than male artists, female work mainly optimistic and romantic while the males exhibits seemed harsh and depressing... given that there seemed few unemployed young women , and the well educated ones in the shops and restaurants appeared quite happy, while their male contemporaries did not .. perhaps its a good representation of the mood of the nation. The temporary retrospective was weird in that the painter was clearly very prolific, and produced several themed series of painting, which were not hung together...??? Once again decent lighting would have greatly improved the exhibition.

Thank NickExeter
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