Exhibition opening: 21 May, Wednesday, 6pm
The exhibition of Marko Monev (1939-2004) is marked of the 75th birthday and 10 years of the death of the artist.
Marko Monev was born in Russe in 1939. His name is associated with well established in the 70s of the 20th century Ruse artists’ group, named Ruse School. In Bulgarian Art, Marco Monev remains as a master of the Landscape. Significantly, in the exhibition are presented his unforgettable Landscapes connected with Danube River and ancient architecture of Ruse, Paris, Warsaw. The art connoisseurs will be able to touch to the early author’s works.
This exhibition of the paintings from the fund of the Ruse Art Gallery can be seen until June 8, 2014
The Speech of Vasilka Moneva during the opening of the exhibition on Marko Monev 75th birthday and 10 years of the artist’s the death.
" Just like that - the years slipped out.
Ten years without Marko Monev. One by one departed friends and colleagues. The so-called Ruse School were several artists - symbols of that time. Time that fought for the establishment of new ideas in Bulgarian art, which left their traces. I think it's appropriate to mention their names - Nikifor Tsonev, Velimir Petrov, Stefan Katsarov, Petar Popov, Lyubomir Kasabov, Roksandra Kostova, Radi Nedelchev, Yordan Parashkevov, Nikolay Ruschukliev, Tsvetko Tsvetkov, Dimitar Hinkov, Fikret Islyamov, Veselin Parushev, Marko Monev, Georgi Radulov, Nikola Terziev and younger then embarked on a different path, but for the idea, drawn and worn by the previous generation - Violeta Radkova, Nikolay Karadzhov, Volodya Kenarev, Vasilka Moneva.
In this retrospective Marko Monev’s exhibition are exhibited paintings from that time - we deliberately arranged these paintings that fit the spirit of the heyday of the so-called Russe School.
Five years ago , on the 70th anniversary of his birth, we arranged exhibition of paintings from this period and works done in the last 15-20 years, but even with his favorite themes, they shown the another bearing of the author’s searches. New point in his recent paintings is Ostritza, where we bought a house. It was like a hotel. Friends were constantly having a great time .
But the current exhibition shows the things of youth – an assertive ambition for knowledge and approval as an artist. This is the time of the fellowship, the time of cafes , the disputes , the talks about upcoming exhibitions.
Years, relating to general exhibitions, which Marko participated in, are in a time he loved to remember and associated with growth and his establishment as an artist.
Here in this hall are a fraction of the paintings made at this time. Here are his favorite Ruse houses.
He draw them from memory , in a such a way he perfectly known their character, details, balconies that intoxicated him with openwork , lace, which giving the beauty of Ruse. The Ruse gates that are opening show us the hidden Ruse yards.
When we got married , we lived in one of those old houses . Through the garret window on the ceiling where was our studio and we went out on the roof and drew Ruse. Marko, devoted to his love to Ruse, drew it to infinity. Danube River - these barges , boats, fishing nets , the Romanian bank across the street - this thrilled him and he enthusiastically evocation it.
Later in this period of time, after he studies in Paris , he drew his memories of the city “of the endless celebration”. How did he find common between Ruse and Paris. Of course, the native village Gostilya, with specific houses in Hungarian style, nestles in the hills, going back him to the old days .
Marko Monev and most of the artists of that time were lucky to get together in the building given to them in the Park. To work in atelier by atelier, to confer their works, to advise, to live as artists. Each of them walking on his path , part of the total time .
The exhibition, which we did in Ruse five years ago was retrospective and shown the paintings had made in the recent years. Such it was the exhibition in Sofia, included paintings from the National Gallery, galleries in the country, private collections and works owned by the family. This exhibition was presented by Dr. Ruzha Marinska, who took an active part in the elaboration of the album for him. Curator of the exhibition in Sofia was Dimitar Grozdanov. I would like to thank for responsiveness of UBA. Thanks to the Art Gallery-Ruse, which greatly helped me for the exhibition five years ago in Ruse and for this in Sofia.
This exhibition is dedicated to the double anniversary - 75 years of his birth and 10 years of his death.
There is something symbolic in the fact that his death occurred at the Day of Slavonic Alphabet and Bulgarian culture. And today we find this show on the eve of this great feast . I ask you to remember about Marko Monev, to feel his poetry paintings, nostalgia that they bring and to devote more time to honor what remains behind. "