Project Traveling Exhibition “Bulgarian Modernist architecture. Examples from 1920s, 1930s, 1940s”

The traveling exhibition “Bulgarian Modernist architecture. Examples from 1920s, 1930s, 1940s” is the first serious action of our group in the public space. The exhibition presents more than 30 representative buildings from a variety of locations and different types – public buildings, private residential edifices, industrial architecture and examples of religious architecture. Objects are from Sofia, Pazardjik, Plovdiv, Banya (near Karlovo), Sliven, Yambol, Haskovo, Kazanlak, Burgas, Varna, Balchik, Rousse and Gabrovo. The texts are both in Bulgarian and English language.


The exhibition has started in the end of April 2017 from Varna, after which it was presented in Burgas, Kazalak and Sofia. Everywhere the exhibition is accompanied by lectures by led by the authors and discussions with the local people, as well as a tour of the notable examples of Modern Movement architecture in the respective city. The exhibition is accompanied by a catalogue that can be found in the bookstores in the country.


The exhibition is funded by the Central Fund for Strategic Development at the New Bulgarian University, the Bulgarian-European Cultural Dialogue Centre. Our partners are many local organizations, volunteers and numerous architects, designers, historian, etc.



In the first 3 years of its existence, the Bulgarian Modernist Architecture group was active mainly online – through its facebook page ( and through several media appearances. At the same time, however, the team was done research and documented hundreds of valuable buildings – an important cultural heritage of Bulgaria from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s. The materials collected during this period was used to select circa 30 buildings from different styles and places from all over the country – all of the visited and studied by our team.


After applying for a Central Strategic Development Fund at New Bulgarian University in the beginning of 2017, the group managed to receive funding for the project of the exhibition and its presentation at various locations in the country. The idea of ​​the exhibition is to travel and to visit as many places as possible – it has no deadline and can always be presented in a new place.


The team of the exhibition


In addition to the permanent members of the Bulgarian Modernist Architecture Group – Vassil Makarinov and Teodor Karakolev – the exhibition is supported by many other experts from different fields who helped us. These are some of them:


Deya Valcheva – Designer

Arch. Lyubomir Peychev – author of axonometric drawings

Mariana Melnishka – translation into English

Arch. Georgi Sabev – author of a model of the Sea Casino in Burgas

Arch. Tsvetomir Tsenkov – author of the exhibition logo

  1. Dr. Arch. Ljubinka Stoilova – consultant

Assoc. Prof. Ruzha Marinska – consultant

Dr. Angela Daneva

Arch. Velin Neychev

Eng. Ljuba Dashovska

Vlad Nanca

Yana Uzunova

as well as many heirs and current inhabitants of buildings that helped us during the research.


These are our institutional partners:


New Bulgarian University

National Polytechnic Museum

Archives “Old Sofia” at the Regional Museum of History – Sofia

Cultural Center “Sea Casino” – Burgas

Regional History Museum – Kardzhali

Regional History Museum – Yambol

Art Gallery “Dimitar Dobrovich” – Sliven

State Archives Agency – Plovdiv

State Archives Agency – Burgas

State Archives Agency – Sliven

Photo archive Todor Slavchev

Regional Library at the Iskra Community Centre – Kazanlak

Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar”



The catalog


The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual (in Bulgarian and English) catalog of 78 pages, presenting all the information from the 30 boards. Since June 2017, it has been distributed to bookstores across the country.



The exhibition visited:


  1. Varna, Varna Free University “Chernorizets Hrabar” (20.IV-02.V.2017)
  2. Burgas, Cultural Center “Sea Casino” (9.V-2.VI.2017) – the building itself is one of the objects presented in the exhibition
  3. Kazanlak, Regional Library “Iskra” (3.VIII.-24.VIII.2017) – the building itself is one of the objects presented in the exhibition
  4. Sofia, National Polytechnic Museum (7.IX-27.IX.2017)
  5. Sofia, New Bulgarian University (3.X – 31.X.2017)


The exhibition will visit:


Stara Zagora, The Architect’s House (22.XI -)

Plovdiv, Total Sport

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