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In previous years, Boryana Petkova’s artistic practice was focused...

Neon colours, alternating contrasts, large compositions transcending the canvas...

The exhibition presents 25 young but already well-established artists...

The exhibition comprises Kolio Karamfilov’s previously unshown, or little-known, works...

The European Parliament’s art collection was started in...

These exhibits conceptualise the traces of the artists’ inner personal fires

Joseph Tasnádi’s exhibition is a review of his post-2010 oeuvre, consisting of installations, interventions...

The ArchivAL exhibition consists of screenings of archival videos...

As the title of the exhibition itself suggests, Stanislav Belovski declares....

Kiril Cholakov entitles his exhibition at the museum, FRA/BETWEEN. Not only because...

Lenka Klodová’s solo exhibition presents works combining the performative...



22, 23, 24 and 25 APRIL,

1, 2, 6 and 24 MAY 2022

Dictionary of the Queer International is an exhibition that stems from a book...

“Art as a Political Stand: Roma Artists' Platforms...

ccording to the Order № RD-01-856/19. 10.2021 of the Minister of Health ...

This year's edition of Sofia Queer Forum is dedicated to Roma minorities...

‘Roots’ is dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the birth of Galin Malakchiev...

‘Possible Exhibitions’ consists of a series of numbered drawings that reveal the spirit ...

In 2019 we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the most influential choreographers in the world...

The Herbarium Project, created by Irina Batkova, explores the working environment in contemporary culture ...


‘Occurrences of Abundance’, an exhibition dedicated to BioArt, aims to transform ...

The exhibition discusses the place of the museum as an institution in an extremely dynamic environment...

Lyuben Farzulev is showing his latest artworks alongside those of...

In connection to the complicated epidemic situation related to the spread of COVID-19...


The exhibition of video art, subjects, text, installation and documentation of performances...

The exhibition includes works by artists of Bulgarian origin who create in the Nordic countries...

‘Fictional Biographies’ is the title of Albena Mihailova’s monumental four-channel video installation...

Acute village depopulation and severe aging society in Bulgaria cause...

Corpus is an installation of sound, video, text, and photo images...

Tohoku is the northeastern section of Honshu, the largest island in the Japanese Archipelago...

Dear Visitors, 
All departments of the National Gallery will be closed on 26, 27, 28 and 29 April, as well as on 1 May 2019.

This is the first solo exhibition of Belgian artist Jan Fabre in Bulgaria...

“Do Not Forget” is part of the series of creative interventions of IDentity Projects addressing themes of belonging, time, remembrance and identity...

The project by Lilyana Karadjova and Dimitar Stoyanovich is motivated by the deficit...

‘Pink Light’ is an exhibition of the conventional view of the woman and its juxtaposing...

Box of Negatives presents the photographic archive of Galina Yotova, who has taken pictures of artistic campaigns...

Tuesday–Sunday: 10 a.m.– 6 p.m.

he Educational Programs Department of the National Gallery invites the young lovers of contemporary art...

On 31 August 2018, Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art again offers an outdoor cinema...

Celebrating 100 Years of Poland Regaining Independence

The exhibition “Olympia” borrows its name from the ancient side on Greece’s Peloponnese penincula...

Italian Futurism, which generated interest and stirred excitement between the two World Wars in Bulgaria...

‘The temptations of ninavale’ is an invitation to a journey with the artists...

‘Worth’ is Houben Tcherkelov’s first solo exhibition in 18 years...

2018 has been designated the European Year of Cultural Heritage, in which Bulgaria is for the first time ...

Heart of Darkness is an emblematic  literary work of European modernism, a source of  inspiration for poets, composers, philosophers, film- and theater directors...

will be closed during the official Holidays on 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 December 2017,
and оn 1 January 2018

Collection II, accumulated by the Arsenał Gallery and the Podlaskie Association for the Promotion of Fine Arts...

The thematic connection between the individual works is a focus on the surrounding environment and the place occupied by modern...

“STATIONS” is the third conceptual project of „IVAN ASEN 22“ conceptual designers‘ platform.

Boryana Rossa’s exhibition is an autobiographical tale recreated through painting, photography, objects, video, drawings, and documentation of her performances.

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art and Sofia International Film Festival with the support of Austrian Embassy unite themselves for a common initiative that offers the audience a special experience – outdoor cinema and an exhibition in one night.

The main topic of the play is the problem of the person’s identity and his nationality in terms of world globalization. The unique style of the author interweaves the current problem of integration of refugees and immigrants in Europe. The dramatic interpretation emphasizes the tragicomedy aspect of the relationships that can reach absurdity and surrealism.

On 6th and 7th October took place a scientific conference named Social Functions of the Museum During XXI Century celebrated on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the National Earth and Man Museum, Sofia. During the conference were discussed different topics related to the social functions of the museum, such as the changing concept of museum, the role of new technologies in the museum activity development, as well as the necessity of advertising strategy.

This exhibition certifies some formal, morphological and subject ongoing preoccupations for the art objects and attitudes classified according to the cuteness esthetics. “Taking into account this aesthetical category combines the two concepts: commodity fetishism and subjectivity mutilation, as well as its own morphological vector, – Kindchenschema (or “baby schema”) – it leads to the unique conclusion that this approach doesn't belong to a single cultural tradition.

Alexander Gerginov, Antonia Pashova, Georgi Florov, Katya Lozanova, Neli Mitewa, Radostina Klinkova, Sylvia Roustcheva, Stanislava Dimitrova & Antoniya Raycheva turn 1,5 km of elastic bands into sculptural garments, video art and an installation, especially elaborated for the space of Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art.

Month of Photography 2016

Exhibition of Åke Ericson
10 June – 17 July 2016

Opening: 10 June, Friday, 6 pm
Sofia Arsenal – Museum of Contemporary Art
2, Cherni vrah Blvd.

Summer Working Hours

June, 1 – October, 1 2016

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday

10 am – 6 pm

Thursday, Saturday

10 am – 8 pm


Free entrance


‘From the Distance of Time’ is the first event of the project entitled ‘The Other Art of Sofia’, which includes a series of exhibitions, presentations and screenings with artefacts and documents from the alternative artistic life of Sofia of the late 20th. century.




Artists: Bora Petkova, Dan Tenev, Missirkov/Bogdanov, Simeon Stoilov, Svetlana Mircheva, Velin Petkov/Ivaylo Stoyanov

Curator: Nadezhda Dzhakova

March 10 – April 17, 2016

Opening: March 10, Thursday 6-8 pm.
SAMCA, 2, Cherni Vrah Blvd.,

The National Gallery
Sofia Arsenal—Museum of Contemporary Art



Curator: Nadezhda Dzhakova

This exhibition presents works from four emblematic series by the artist RASSIM®–Krassimir Krastev, that have not previously been shown in the country or are little known to the public. The series included are: Corrections 1996–98; Corrections 2, 2002; Organic Paintings; and Oil Paintings, as well as some new works—landscapes with seawater.

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January 17 at 5 pm

An initiative of curator Nadezhda Dzhakova; a group of young actors, musicians and artists, led by director Valeria Valcheva, will work for 10 days to create the performance WINTER MUSIC, to capture the January mood of the genius loci, haunting the spaces of the Sofia Arsenal - Museum of Contemporary Art.

25 artists' art alternatives is an exhibition that marks the 25th anniversary of the Art in Action Association. The exhibition present more than 30 authors and documentation of artistic and educational projects of the association in its 25-year activity.


June 23 – July 26, 2015
Vernissage: Tuesday, June 23, 6–8 pm
Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art
2, Cherni Vryh Blvd., Sofia

Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art

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Vitto Valentinov
Simeon Simeonov
Arch. Milena Metalkova-Markova
Adéle Lemoine &Jules Sineau
Curator: Nadezhda Dzhakova

11 March – 26 April 2015

Opening: 11 March, Wednesday, 6 pm
Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art, 2 “Cherni Vruh” Blvd.

The travelling exhibition Contemporary Norwegian Architecture # 7, a part of the Sofia Architecture Week festival, has been touring the globe since 2011. It started out in Brazil, it visited Cuba, and Bulgaria is now the sixth European country to welcome it. The exhibition displays the best of Norwegian architecture created between 2005 and 2010 – from small houses to public buildings to infrastructure and urban planning.

The Fourth Kilometer project by Missirkov/Bogdanov initially started as a commission for documenting the infrastructural development of a building site. Missirkov/Bogdanov have approached the task like archaeologists doing field research. Every single object they find – a remnant of human presence, a graffito left in memory of life on duty is turned into an artifact in their photographs. The viewer gets immersed into a space long abandoned by man and time that is quietly anticipating its upcoming future.

Author’s project within the frameworks of a programme presenting young, yet familiar to the public, authors in the unreconstructed space on the second floor of the museum
By means of objects, sound and printed materials, Ivo Bistrichki propagandises the existence of a utopian state called Eurasia 2084.

Sofia Arsenal – Museum of contemporary art continues its program for young but already known to the audience authors in the unrepaired space on the museum’s second floor.
Created in different medias as photography, sculpture, sound, text in Braille, the multisensory exhibition of Alberto Staykov brings together 25 works – not just a collection of various photographic techniques, but a look that is turned inwards, to our essence, because everything starts from ourselves.

The exhibition illustrates in complete form the projects Bright Future and The Year of Our Discontent. It all started in 2011 as a series of workshops, activities, presentations and projections on political topics. We shared through them ideas and comments on our social reality and the ever-changing urban surroundings. But our public was also given platform to express their thoughts. Proven methods of propaganda were used - political typography, posters, movies, clothing and other old advertising techniques, combined with contemporary means, so that the messages could reach more people.

The exhibitions Briefly and Crisis is a Greek Word are part of the program Sofia Design Week in Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art

The exhibition documents the social injustice based on the certainty that the photograph has changed not only people’s perception but, in some cases, altered the cause of history. The mission of FotoEvidence is to relate the human stories behind the cold statistic for murdered and injured in order to draw attention to human rights violations, injustice, oppression and assaults on sovereignty or human dignity wherever they may occur.

Living Dreams. Dreaming Lives shows photo and film pieces, created during a six-month stay of Borjana Ventzislavova in Los Angeles funded by a MAK-Schindler Scholarship. The exhibition presents the series Permanent Casting, It shakes everywhere, the video Only-acting and the 2-channel video American dream acting.

The exhibition is realized with the assistance of Becker Strasse Gallery.

Sofia Underground 1997-2003 Files presents the festival
in its first years and authentic form. The video documentation from the period 1997-2003 with performances and actions of some of the most interesting writers of the Bulgarian scene can be seen in SAMCA. In addition the video documentation “files” containing photos and articles
and several original works, and the parallel program of the exhibition presents performances and interventions
performed live.

Workshop for children

Charity project for creative children between 6 and 14 years: make a collage or a drawing in the museum and give a reproduction of your work to help other children to create art.
The workshop will take part 30 March 2013 (Saturday) between 11 and 15 pm.
Children will be accompanied by students of Fine Arts and designers from Artelie.
With the support of Artelie, Impresia, Harmonica, and DATA Printing house.

36 monkeys occupies the museum

Curators: Alexander Basile and Alwin Lay

Curators: Boryana Rossa and Stanimir Panayotov

Alla Georgieva (Bulgaria), Adelina Popnedeleva (Bulgaria), Boryana Petrova (Bulgaria), Voin de Voin (Bulgaria/Germany), Natalia Todorova (Bulgaria), Oleg Mavromatti (Bulgaria/USA), Stefan Karchev (Bulgaria), ULTRAFUTURO (Bulgaria/USA), Yasen Zgurovski (Bulgaria)

The show Creating the Myth is part of the program of Sofia Queer Forum 2012. The forum explores the idea of gender through the means of contemporary art as non-binary, flexible term, dependent on social, political, cultural and medical factors.

Exhibition – installation

Curator - explorer – traveler: Zlatna Mihaylova

A stroll through the wonderful side of the free theater beyond public policy, laws of nature and our assessment for “normality”.
The exhibition is part of the project Theater in Museum initiated by the curator Nadezhda Dzhakova.

Sofia Arsenal - Museum for Contemporary Art
Sporadic Biphocality
A project by Dr. Gatev
With the special participation of Prof. Stanislav Pamukchiev, Venzislav Zankov and Rassim
October 15 – November 11, 2012
The project „Sporadic Biphocality” presents, probably for the first time in such a sound and clear voice a problem that bears symetrically a technological and conceptual character. It’s about art and its presentation and positioning in public space.

Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art

2 Cherni Vrah Blvd., Sofia


The Entropic Institute Sofia

By Deufert & Plischke

27 – 29 September 2012, 7.00 – 12.00 p.m.


Curators: Hitomi Kammai and Nia Pushkarova

Feminine Expression is an exhibition at the frontier between feminism and female art. It encloses young female artists from around the world, their feel of what is feminine, their feel of what is feminine, of women’s place in contemporary society as well as of personal identification.

Curator: Nadezhda Dzhakova

Curator: Maria Vasileva

Project is the title of Vasil Simittchiev’s giant installation which spreads out on the three floors of Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art and the surrounding areas, and includes objects, video and performance. It is specially designed for the particular space and situation. Most of the works are new-made which together with some older emblematic works of the artist become a part of one whole entity.


Videoholica 2011. Special Selection
17 video works created within the period 2008 – 2011.

Alexander Valchev. A Few Dollars More
Nine photo portraits of artists in their studios

Accompanying events:
Videos projections on the museum facade – chosen from the Videoholica art fest

Curator: Nadezhda Dzhakova

Sofia Arsenal - Museum For Contemporary Art
2 Cherni Vryh Blvd., Sofia,


Videoholica 2011 Special Selection

May 3 – June 3, 2012

Reception: May 3, 2012, Thursday, 6 pm
Sofia Arsenal - Museum For Contemporary Art
2 Cherni Vryh Blvd., Sofia

Sofia Arsenal - Museum For Contemporary Art (SAMCA) presents Videoholica 2011 Special Selection in a solo exhibition from May 3 till June 3, 2012.

Curators: Andreas F. Beitin, Nadezhda Dzhakova

Düsseldorf-based media artist Mischa Kuball is among the few artists who has consistently understood light’s sociopolitical dimensions and used the media accordingly in numerous works and installations. In his new exhibition project Platon’s Mirror, two additional aspects are included: a perception-aesthetics component and the possibility of image generation through computer tomography. This gives rise to highly topical issues within art, and for it. Within the project light politics and media politics are renegotiated.


based on plays of W. Shakespeare

Written and directed by Valeria Valcheva;

Music by Andronia Popova – Roni, Nassekomix; percussions and music education: Maria Palieva;

Actors and musicians: Vasil Chitanov, Elena Dimitrova, Zhana Ilieva, Margarita Hlebarova, Petko Kamenov, Petar Genkov, Branko Valchev and children from the Sofia Music School

Sets and costumes by Nia Mihaylova, Petya Boyukova, Mihaela Komitova, Iva Pavlova, Yana Malamed, Valeria Valcheva.

Curator: Maria Vassileva

Adelina Popnedeleva, Alla Georgieva, Bora Petkova, Valentin Stefanoff, Valio Tchenkov, Vassil Simittchiev, Vikenti Komitski, Vladimir Ivanov, Ivan Moudov, Kiril Prashkov, Kosta Tonev, Krassimir Terziev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mina Minov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Nestor Kovachev, Nina Kovacheva, Peter Tzanev, Pravdoliub Ivanov, Rada Boukova, Sasho Stoitzov, Samuil Stoyanov, Stefan Nikolaev, Stefania Batoeva, and HR-Stamenov

Workshop for dramaturges, set designers and actors ending with performance and debate.

Leaded by Valeria Valcheva – director

The theater and the space is a topic for a workshop be¬tween professionals and debutants in the area of theater, which are gathered for a week in order to create short works “from scratch”, provoked by the spaces of the Museum of Contemporary art – Sofia Arsenal.
The project is funded by the Culture - National
Foundation together with the National Academy of Art.

The exposition is under the patronage of the Minister of Culture, Mr. Vezhdi Rashidov, and is organized with the support of the French Institute in Bulgaria in partner¬ship with Sofia Arsenal -Museum for Contemporary Art.

The first exhibition of photographs by Milcho Man-chevski Street was presented in the Museum for Contemporary Art in Skopje in 1999, whereupon it was shown in galleries in Stockholm, Ljubljana and Thessaloniki. Street includes images captured on the streets of Europe and America. Five Drops of Dream is an extension to this exhibition 10 years later. The project was implemented again at the invitation of the Museum for Contemporary Art in Skopje and formally and conceptually develops further what was seen on that journey.

Written and directed by Valeria Valcheva;

Music by Andronia Popova – Roni, Nassekomix; percussions and music education: Maria Palieva;

Actors and musicians: Vasil Chitanov, Elena Dimitrova, Zhana Ilieva, Margarita Hlebarova, Petko Kamenov, Petar Genkov, Branko Valchev and children from the Sofia Music School

Sets and costumes by Nia Mihaylova, Petya Boyukova, Mihaela Komitova, Iva Pavlova, Yana Malamed, Valeria Valcheva.


Curator: Cristina Calahorra

Ángel Masip, Jacobo Castellano and Juan López.

On the occasion of the opening of the Museum of Con¬temporary Art in Sofia, the Embassy of Spain in Bulgaria presents the exposition Regeneration: place, landscape and memory, which centres around the concept of landscape and its frailty through the work of three young artists exponents of the contemporary Spanish art who will come to Sofia to personally install their works for the exposition and take part of its opening.

With the kind assistance of the Embassy of Spain in Sofia.


Curator: Adrean Vela

Julio Flores (Columbia), Julien Bayer (France), Jean-Christophe Beshé (France), News Pictures (France), Luigi & Luca (United Kingdom), Nikola Stanchov (Bul­garia) and Elena Kuzmova (Bulgaria), Pierre Marceau (France), Veronique Nor-Minka, BUBA (France) and BABu.

Our hope is that this exhibition will remain as a testa­ment to the uniqueness of photography as an expressive means and opportunity that gives each of us to become easily an artist...

Yan Perrault

The Human Factor


Curator: Alberto Staykov


Pavlina Tchakarova, Dilyana Stoimenova, Ivaylo Stoyanov, Peter Nedkov, Alexander Acosta, Dimitar Vladimirov, Vyara Yaneva, Iliyana Kancheva.


Photographs taken in the genre of portrait and reportage reflects individual and collective human nature and relationships between individuals.

Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art





Curators – Alla Georgieva, Nadezhda Dzhakova


The exhibition presents the latest revenues in the Euro¬pean Parliament`s collection: works of Bulgarian artists selected by independent experts, as well as experts from leading museums and galleries.
After the exhibition in Sofia the works will be displayed at the buildings of EP in Strasbourg, Brussels and Lux¬embourg.