‘War! A World Gone Mad…’, the current exhibition at Sofia City Art Gallery, is dedicated to the 110th anniversary of the declaration of the Balkan Wars and the 140th of Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora’s birth. As a volunteer on the battlefront, the artist depicted military operations, marching with the Seventh Rila Infantry Division. Maystora produced an untold number of drawings in pencil or ink, aquarelles, and oil paintings: images of suffering heroes who amazed the world with their bravery, stoicism, and faith.
The ‘Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora: Light and Spirit’ multimedia project, created by Assoc. Prof. Venelin Shurelov, D.A., on behalf of the ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ National Endowment Fund, is a natural continuation of the great artist’s life story and a logical element of the exhibition.
The project is based on four modules. The first shows original documentary footage from films about Maystora. The second includes archival footage from the hostilities in which the painter took part as a war artist. The third covers a large number of his artworks drawn in pencil, watercolour, or other media. In the fourth module, viewers see his popular Madonnas, fruits, girls, families…
If you do not have the opportunity to visit the exhibition, which is on at Sofia City Art Gallery until the end of May, you can view the NEF ‘13 Centuries of Bulgaria’ multimedia project HERE: https://youtu.be/7snUqzgrX0Y