Over the four decades of existence of the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund, more than 80,000 generous gestures and acts of patriotism have been registered. In honour of its anniversary, the Fund opened its archives to recall some of the most emblematic donations in a unique book.
Thousands of documents were perused, scores of fates shared, countless facts reviewed, until the most memorable ones were selected and described. The publication, which marks the 40th anniversary of NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’, is bilingual—in Bulgarian and English.
Naturally, the book begins with the first, truly remarkable donation: the British sculptor Henry Moore, one of the world-famous artists of the 20th century, bequeathed his sculpture, ‘Helmet Head No. 6’, to Bulgaria. A commission appointed by the Committee on Culture, headed by Vladimir Goev, Director of the National Art Gallery (1975–85), estimated its value at £100,000.
A detailed presentation of the book, ‘40 Years of NEF “13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ Donorship Mission”’, is coming soon.