Current Exhibition

  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504
    Exhibition at the ICA-Gallery
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    Antoni Rayzhekov

    Mar 5, 2021 - Apr 21, 2021
    Curator(s): Kalin Serapionov and Krassimir Terziev
  • 25 years and 5 themes later
. ICA–Sofia Retrospective

    Sep 29, 2020 - Nov 29, 2020
    Opening: Tuesday, September 29, 5 - 8 PM
    National Gallery / The Palace
    The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is honouring its 25th anniversary with an exhibition presenting old and new works, as well as works made especially by its members Ivan Moudov, Kalin Serapionov, Kiril Prashkov, Krassimir Terziev, Luchezar Boyadjiev, Mariela Gemisheva, Nedko Solakov, Pravdoliub Ivanov, and Stefan Nikolaev. ICA – Sofia is one of the longest existing and active non-governmental organizations engaged with visual arts in Bulgaria. Its history is closely linked to the development of our art-scene in the last decades, its self-education, opening up and positioning in the world, with some of its most visible manifestations in both the local and the international context. The institute was founded informally in 1993 after the first in many years group “national” participation curated by Luchezar Boyadjiev in the 3rd Istanbul Biennial “The Production of Cultural Differences”, 1992. The association of art critics/curators and artists was registered in 1995.


Recent project

  • Shooting Ghosts. Online screening programme in cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Sofia

    Nov 6, 2020 - Dec 31, 2020
    Blinkvideo.de

    Artists: Veneta Androva, Neno Belchev, Mitch Brezounek, Marina Genova, Nadezhda Oleg-Lyahova, Kalin Serapionov, Dimitar Shopov, Kamen Stoyanov, Samuil Stoyanov, Krassimir Terziev.

    Curators: Kalin Serapionov, Krassimir Terziev.

    What we propose in this programme is a highly subjective and fragmented view on current practices in moving image in the Bulgarian art scene. We focused on practices that show affinity with speculative narratives - narratives that not just record what is in front of the cinematic eye, but also capture all the ghosts that are unreachable by the apparatus, thus projecting speculative views that intend not merely to describe, but to transform the world.


Educational Programme Close Encounters. Part 2

Awards

  • Baza Award 2021. Open Call

    Baza Award 2021. Open Call

    Институт за съвременно изкуство – София

    Фондация Едмонд Демирджиян

    Софийска градска художествена галерия

    съвместно с: Фондация за гражданско общество, Ню Йорк

    и международната мрежа Награди за млади художници

    обявяват

    Конкурс за "Награда за съвременно изкуство БАЗА" 2021

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  • BAZA 2020

    BAZA 2020

    The BAZA award winner for 2020 is Maria Nalbantova.

    Nominated artists: Boryana Petkova, Kalas Liebfried (Калоян Любомиров), Maria Nalbantova, Natalia Jordanova, Yavor Kostadinov.

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  • Art Writers Award for 2018

    Art Writers Award for 2018

    For the sixth time this year the Essential Reading for Art Writers Award, an initiative of the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia, was presented.

    The 2018 award is presented to Stefka Tsaneva.

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  • BAZA 2019

    BAZA 2019

    The BAZA award winner for 2019 is Valko Chobanov.

    Nominated artists: Aleksander Aleksandrov, Maria Nalbantova, Milena Georgieva, Nevena Ekimova, Radostin Sedevchev, Sevda Semer, Valko Chobanov, Veneta Androva.

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Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia

The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is dedicated to the study, understanding, promotion and practice of the visual arts of the late twentieth and early twenty first century, to the reestablishment and furthering of the dilogue between cultures and art scenes, to the search for an open art dialogue with everyone.

The history of ICA is rooted in the professional partnership between friends who after 1989 shared the vision to open up and develop the Bulgarian contemporary art scene.

The goals of ICA-Sofia are focused on the development of the contemporary art scene in Bulgaria in relation to the world at large - audience. Primary objective is the constant deepening and strehgthening of relations to the international art world - in a two directional and reciprocal manner by triggering and fascilitating a two-way flow of artists, curators and critics, projects, etc. to not only "take" your/our home out into the world, but also to bring "the world" back home.

The spectrum of ICA activities consists of international and local projects for shows, publications, conferences, seminars, short term educational activities, lecture series, etc.

The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is a private, non-profit NGO, an association of curators, artists and cultural theoreticians founded in 1995 by Luchezar Boyadjiev, artist; Maria Vassileva, curator (member until 2012); Boris Danailov, curator (member until 1997); Iara Boubnova, curator; Pravdoliub Ivanov, artist; Kiril Prashkov, artist; Nedko Solakov, artist; Vesselin Tzotchev, lawyer (member until 1997).

Members of ICA-Sofia became: in 1999 Alexander Kiossev, culturologist (member until 2017), and Ivaylo Ditchev, cultural anthropologist (member until 2006); in 2002 Kalin Serapionov, artist and Mariela Gemisheva, artist; in 2006 Ivan Moudov, artist; and in 2007 Krassimir Terziev, artist and Stefan Nikolaev, artist.

Chair of the board of ICA-Sofia is Pravdolyub Ivanov. Kalin Serapionov is executive director.


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