The educational platform Introduction to Contemporary Art  is conducted in Plovdiv for a second year.

The educational course is coming back as a part of the platform FORUM 2019 of the initiative Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture 2019, also with a new and diverse programme consisting of lectures and practical exercises, as well as with the new initiative “Introduction to Contemporary Art” Club.

Dates: 2, 9, 16, 23 и 24 April 2016

Time: 2 p.m. 

Place: The Tobacco City, "Galero", 16 Ekzarh Yosif str., 4th floor

In 2015, for the first time, the Introduction to Contemporary Art Educational Course of the Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Contemporary took place in Plovdiv. The series, led by the art critic and curator Vessela Nozharova, introduced the audience to the basics of contemporary art and art history, while specifically focusing on the Bulgarian art scene. In 2016, our educational course will continue with 4 new lectures and a workshop organized in Plovdiv on four consecutive weekends: on 2, 9, 16, 23 and 24 April. The events will take place at the Galero Furniture Salon at 16 Ekzarh Yosif St., 4th floor. In 2016, the Introduction to Contemporary Art Educational Course is organized in partnership with the Plovdiv 2016 Municipal Foundation, within the framework of its educational platform FORUM 2019. The four lectures will look at different aspects of contemporary art since the late 1950s and present the most important art movements and artists of the second half of the 20th century, as well as the ideas that inspired them, in chronological sequence and with the support of relevant photographic material. Special emphasis will be placed on art in Eastern Europe and, specifically, on Bulgarian art since the fall of the Berlin Wall. The fifth and last session will require the active participation of the audience, which will be asked to take part in an analytical simulation. For two hours, participants will take on the role of curators and art critics, and collaborate on the construction of a virtual exhibition dedicated to a specific topic. The Introduction to Contemporary Art 2016 program does not require any previous knowledge or academic experience. The lectures are offered in an accessible and intriguing form, referencing last year’s course, while also offering new information. The five new lectures will contribute substantially to an overall understanding of the notions and significance of contemporary art.

All events are free of charge, with required registration via email at


02.04.2016 - Major Movements in Contemporary Art after the Second World War

09.04.2016 - Evolution of Painting and Sculpture after ‘the End of Art’

16.04.2016 - Eastern European Art since 1989

23.04.2016 - Bulgarian Contemporary Art: Between the Local and the Global

24.04.2016 - Workshop and Open Discussion on Contemporary Art

The Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Contemporary would also like to announce the creation of an Introduction to Contemporary Art Club, which will establish and maintain year-round contact with alumni of the Introduction of Contemporary Art course and Plovdiv citizens interested in contemporary art. Club members will able to take part in exclusive meetings with artists and curators, go on exhibition tours, and gain access to a variety of materials, books and catalogues. The ICA Club also aims at creating informal space for discussions and the exchange of information and ideas. Membership is free and registration will be possible via email or in person (at the lectures from the Introduction of Contemporary Art Plovdiv 2016 Educational Course).

In 2016 the Educational Course is realized in partnership with the Municipal Foundation “Plovdiv 2019” - as part of its educational platform FORUM 2019. The platform consists of informational seminars and other events focusing on the project “Plovdiv - European Capital of Culture (ECoC) 2019”. The concept of FORUM 2019 is the development of network partnerships with the purpose of raising the awareness, as well as capacity and public building and development. These are necessary for the creation of a basis for a successful realization of the ECoC project and intend to cause professional discussions, exchange of experience and knowledge within the cultural field in Bulgaria. FORUM 2019 is monthly conducted and the dates of the different meeting are published on the informational platforms of “Plovdiv 2019”.

Organizers: Open Arts Foundation and SARIEV Contemproary

Partners: Plovdiv Municipality, Plovdiv 2019 Municipal Foundation, Galero Furniture Salon

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