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 SPACE-AUDIENCE Project consists of space visualisations connected with the museum building, its history, its transformation and the people visiting it. By means of art installations, artists and architects comment on the museum space as well as its relation with the audience.
The participants in the first exhibition of the project are Vitto Valentinov, Simeon Simeonov, architect Milena Metalkova-Markova, Adéle Lemoine &Jules Sineau.
The project’s curator is Nadezhda Dzhakova.

Vitto Valentinov’s Contact is his third project from the series of interactive installations, in which the participant’s body is subject to “research”. The viewer is involved in an experiment, which requires minimal physical activity but full body and mind concentration as well as complete psychological commitment. The use of physical objects, the impact of landscape and the involvement in game activities trigger new experiences for the viewer’s mind and body.
Vitto Valentinov (1977) was born in Sofia, Bulgaria. He has mainly created installations, often of interactive and performing character. He graduated in Mural Painting from the National Art Academy, Sofia (1997-1999); afterwards, he graduated from the Arts Academies AKI and DAI in the Netherlands (1997-2006). In 2006, he returned to Bulgaria and specialised in cinema production in the National Theatre and Film Arts Academy.

Simeon Simeonov continues to study the piece of sculpture as part of the interference into the architectural space. Thus, the partitioning wall in the exhibition hall turns into the basis of the installation; it stops being an architectural feature and becomes a part of the art experiment. The actual process of transformation remains hidden for the viewer and the video documentation reveals only part of that process.
Simeon Simeonov graduated in Sculpture from the Fine Arts Academy, Sofia, and in 2006 he obtained a doctoral degree in sculpture, based on his study of the dynamic structure of the human body. At present, he is a part-time lecturer at the Fine Arts Academy in Sofia.

Arch. Milena Metalkova-Markova, together with the students in architecture Adéle Lemoine and Jules Sineau, comment on the architectural and historical features of the building, focusing on the imprints of the past. Through photography, the object and the installation, they emphasise the connection of the space and the surrounding environment with the presence of the viewer in the museum environment, which is strongly influenced by the historical features.
Arch. Milena Metalkova-Markova lived and worked for many years in Japan; she taught at the University in Kyoto, in Kyoto Institute of Technology and Akita International University. At present, she teaches in the Architecture Faculty at the University of Architecture and Civil Engineering in Sofia.
Her main interests are in the fields of the preservation of architectural heritage, Japanese architecture and architecture criticism.

Accompanying Programme:

Every Saturday from 11 to 12, in the building of Sofia Arsenal Museum for Contemporary Art; signing up in advance is required at

If you want to study, create and experience the space – museum, Children’s Architecture Workshop will enable you to create your own worlds by using different materials: bamboo, wood and textile

CHILDREN’S ARCHITECTURE WORKSHOP is a place of exchange of ideas and know-how, where children, their tutors and parents are able to dream and learn from one another while playing with space, forms and colours. Through the children’s eyes we can see the architectural environment surrounding us and can share our life as well as professional experience. We can make the world of adults understandable for children.

For further information: Nadezhda Dzhakova, chief curator, National Museum Complex, tel. +359 879 834 030,