In Sofia: Museum of Socialist Art
Museum of Socialist Art in Sofia opened on 19 September, 2011.
According to its website “it presents works from the period of Socialist rule in Bulgaria (1944–1989). Over 70 works of monumental sculpture are exhibited in a park covering 7,500 sq.m. On a special pedestal, the large five-pointed star that once crowned the former Party House in the centre of Sofia is on display. In a hall of an area of 550 sq. m., temporary exhibitions based on a content and thematic principle show present ideological forms of art. Archival and documentary films are projected in a video room. The shop offers catalogues and a variety of promotional materials and souvenirs.”

According to Nikolai Vukov “the various positions on the purpose of this museum and on the ways to achieve a more adequate representation in it testify also of the complicated attitude that Bulgarian society maintains to its communist past. Well aware of the necessity to present this epoch in historical and museum terms, they also demonstrate both the confusion with how to narrate that period, and the constraints in undertaking a more reflective approach.”
These photos were taken in August 2018.

Lenin
Lenin, 1949 by Stoyou Todorov (1919-1997)
Lenin, 1963 by Lev Kerbel (1917-2003)
Lenin, 1970 by Sekul Krumov (1922-2003)
Lenin, 1971 by Lev Kerbel (1917-2003)
Lenin, 1971 by Lev Kerbel (1917-2003)
Lenin, 1971 by Lev Kerbel (1917-2003), general view
Georgi Dimitrov by Necko Kraslev (1949) and Nilolina Kanarova (1946)
Georgi Dimitrov by Necko Kraslev (1949) and Nilolina Kanarova (1946)
The large five-pointed star that once crowned the former Party House
Harvester’s Song, 1955 by Vaska-Emanukova (1905-1985) and general view
General view
General view
Dimitar Blagoev, 1973 by Dimitar Ostoich (1928-2010)
Che Guevara, 1974 by Dimitar Ostoich (1928-2010)
The Award Winning Builder, 1985 by Nenko Metev (1937)
Hristo Karpachev, 1987 by Ivan Varchev (1927-2005)
Nikola Vaptsarov, 1967 by Valcho Kadiev (1918-1988)
Tsvyatko Radoynov, 1952 by Vladimir Ginovski (1927)
Vasil Koralov
After Battle –September 1923, 1953 by Sekul Krumov (1922-2003)
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