the national art gallery + the ethnographic museum, sofia

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Both museums are located in Sofia Palace dating back to the 19th century. It is a Turkish administrative building that was remodeled into a palace. It has been a heritage site since 1978.

Even though the exhibitions that I saw are not active anymore, the building itself is a very interesting space to explore.

I was one of the few visitors that day, but perhaps everyone was preparing for the exhibition opening that night – The Highlights of Croatian Art – 20th and 21st century. They simply must have known that I would be in town that day to see my people’s art.

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As soon as you walk into the building you notice the beautiful glass windows in the staircase.

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On the ground floor was an excellent exhibition of B&W photography by the family Karastoyanovs. It was a great introduction to Bulgarian history and folklore, with a big focus on the destruction of war. There was also a short documentary about the family and its most prominent members.

Upper floor was designated for paintings and a few modern installations in the most lavish space of the entire building.

Across the hall is the entrance to a small collection of the Ethnographic Museum. Unfortunately a lot of the artifacts got destroyed in the fire during the Second World War.

From all the things on display I was mostly excited about the clothes, its craftsmanship and the meaning behind its elements.

For anyone not familiar with Balkan traditions, it would be a nice little introduction to visit this museum.

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