Sofia Arsenal – Museum for Contemporary Art





Curators – Alla Georgieva, Nadezhda Dzhakova


Artists: Adelina Popnedeleva, Alexander Valchev, Alla Georgieva, Boryana Rossa, Ventsislav Zankov, Galya Yotova, Zvonka Simčič, Iva Yaranova, Ivan Kostolov, Irina Danilova,  Iskra Blagoeva,  Kalina Dimitrova, Ludmil Lazarov, Nadezhda Oleg Lyahova, Oleg Mavromatti, RASSIM, Samuil Stoyanov, Svetlozara Alexandrova, Simeon Simeonov



09.09. – 02.10.2011


Opening: 9 September 2011, Friday, 6 p.m.



A mother breastfeeding her little one, Madonna with the infant – these are the traditional images – formulae of motherhood, well-known to all of us from the works of art. In each and every epoch this eternal theme is interpreted by artists in a different way.


The present exhibition offers a new reading of the problems and trends of parenthood as seen by contemporary painters.


The word “reproduction” according to the unilingual dictionary means recreation and multiplication. It also means biological reproduction and reproduction through printing out of an image. The separation of the prefix “Re-” in the title of the project emphasizes its dual meaning. “Re-“as a  repetitiveness of an action –repetitiveness of delusions and grandiose utopias, starting from political ideologies to unconditional trust in the triumph of technical progress and “re-” as recovery-return- to the lost meanings, to the forgotten centurial traditions and the experience accumulated by the preceding generations, a process in which the copies are restored with the originals.


Modern parenthood exists amidst an intricate interlacing of natural instincts, religious beliefs in the divine origin of life, occultism and mysticism, the latest scientific research in the field of bio and genetic technologies, the liberal and democratic rules, imposed in the specific countries restrictive laws and the coveted personal freedom and individual choice.


Will we distinguish the differences between artificial reproduction and natural or will we be satisfied with more sophisticated ways of reproduction?


These are some questions marking the item contemporary parenthood. The works of 19 artists reflex its different aspects in the present exposition.



For more information please contact: Alla Georgieva, 00359 887 397 948

Nadezhda Dzhakova, 00359 888 559 040