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New Mobile Exhibition of the State Institute for Culture - "Bulgaria and Mosaics"


The State Institute for Culture presents its latest and innovative mobile exhibition - "Bulgaria and Mosaics". It was realized by the Balkan Heritage Foundation in 2023 in cooperation with a number of Bulgarian museums, non-profit organizations and specialists in the field of art studies and archaeology.

The exhibition aims to present the rich and diverse mosaic heritage in Bulgaria through selected details of ancient, medieval and modern mosaics and thus spark the audience's interest in the topic. The exhibition also presents Bulgaria's relationship with the preservation, research and communication of the mosaic heritage in South-Eastern Europe.

The Balkan Heritage Foundation is a leading cultural organization dedicated to the study, preservation and education of cultural heritage in Bulgaria and the region. Established in 2008, the foundation actively operates in our country and in various countries such as Greece, Montenegro and the Republic of North Macedonia.

The exhibition "Bulgaria and Mosaics" includes two components: printed (in Bulgarian and English) and digital. The printed component consists of 26 panels, each equipped with a QR code that leads to a website presenting the digital part of the exhibition. The site includes information about the presented objects, their location on the map, the institutions/organizations thanks to which they are included in the exhibition and short popular science texts about the history, samples, problems and practices for the preservation of mosaic art in Bulgaria and the contribution of Bulgarian organizations.

The State Institute for Culture expresses its heartfelt thanks to the institutions and organizations that helped to realize the exhibition, among them: Museum of Mosaics - Devnya, Regional Archaeological Museum - Plovdiv, Municipal Institute "Ancient Plovdiv", Regional History Museum - Stara Zagora, National Archaeological Museum museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Holy Synod of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church, Court of Appeal - Sofia, National Palace of Culture - Congress Center Sofia EAD, National History Museum, "Project Buzludzha" Foundation, Faculty of Physics of Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski".

The exhibition was created by the author's team: concept: Ivan Vasilev; exhibition design: Anton Chalakov, Ivan Vassilev; photographs: Anton Chalakov, Alexander Manev, Eran Tyler, Ivan Vasilev, Miglena Rajkovska, Mishko Tutkovski, Tome Filov, Tsvetan Chetashki; authors of the texts: Vanya Popova, Daniela Chulova-Markova, Elena Kantareva-Decheva, Ivan Vasilev, Lyuba Manoilova, Maria Kamisheva; editors: Ivan Vasilev and Lyuba Manoilova; web page design: Anton Chalakov; proofreading in Bulgarian: Boryana Darakchieva; English translation: Boris Deliradev; English proofreading: Liz Meshel, Rachel Harrison.