September 7th, FCC Lobby

5:00 P.M.

Opening exhibition posters by Ivan Vesselinov

As part of the celebration of prof. Ivan Vesselinov’s 90th anniversary, there is also an exhibition of his posters made between 1982 and 1987 and dedicated to the World Festival of Animated Film in Varna, to the National Review of Animated Cinema in Dobrich (the then Tolbukhin) as well as to the 40th anniversary of Bulgarian animation. With its free and at the same time expressive drawing, with its lively and juicy contour made with an artistic stroke, creating strange, but at the same time cheerful and close to the caricature stylistic images, possessing even a kind of monumentality, with its lively font closely related to the character of the drawing, these highly artistic works represent some of the best examples of Bulgarian poster art.  Their peculiar and unusual coloring approaches the palette of pop art, and the images in them, with their skillful stylization and the witty gags woven into them, delight and attract the viewer’s eye even today. These posters are also a kind of document of that time. However, with the artistic memory encoded in their strange pictograms, as well as with the fascinating and ageless modernity of the author’s handwriting, they secure their irrevocable place in the future of our national culture.

5:30 P.M.

Opening exhibition plastic arts by Vera Doneva

Vera Doneva is a long-time creator in the field of animation, which inspires her works in fine art. Vera Doneva’s paintings are created with great effort from pebbles collected from the beaches and their transformation into paintings depicting animals, certain types and people she knows. Unfortunately, her life’s journey ended too early for her to attend her first exhibition at the festival and congress center in Varna within the framework of the annual international animation film festival.

6:00 P.M.

Opening exhibition Animation Drawings- International students exhibition

         The now traditional exhibition of animation students from the New Bulgarian University is expanding its scope this year by attracting the works of students from the University of West Bohemia in Pilsen, Czech Republic. After their successful participation last year, together with their professor Jiri Barta, in the animation workshop in Varvara, now they are sending their drawings, and in this way they enter into an extramural and useful creative dialogue with their Bulgarian colleagues. It is always difficult and at the same time exciting to select the best of student creativity. Quite often, among the sea of drawings, real pearls can be discovered most unexpectedly, which bring their authors to light and, like a lighthouse, illuminate new horizons for the development of young talents. The purpose of the exhibition is to present the maximum number of authors with their works, so that each of them may compare his work with that of the others, which would stimulate their development as creators and continuers of the glorious traditions of the Bulgarian animation school.

Pencho Kunchev

Organizer and curator of the exhibition