FLOWERS FOR THE MEDICS
14 July – 13 September 2020
Free entrance for all medics!
The exhibition, ‘Flowers for the Medics’, presents selected works from the National Gallery’s resources, thematically united through the most intimate dimensions of art—that of flowers, with their diversity and harmony. In their various artistic interpretations, these sensitive forms of nature turn into a catalyst for deep feelings evoking optimism and reflection. There is hardly a better time than the current dramatic moment of the fight against coronavirus to show their charm, exquisiteness, magic, enchantment and splendour to the world.
The exhibition is dedicated to the medical workers and people on the front line in overcoming the danger. Many of them had to isolate themselves from their families in order to be with their patients, not thinking about the huge risks and their own health. This is the equivalent of going into battle without a suit of armour—working around the clock, in persistent attempts to develop a vaccine against the virus and to test drugs that might help treat the infection. The medics make huge sacrifices to protect us from harm, and it is their humanity that makes them real heroes.
Cultural institutions were among the first to share the burden of the unexpected quarantine. Exhibition galleries were closed, concerts, performances and screenings were cancelled. Museum staff did not stop working. They created virtual tours for their public, expanding the dialogue with art lovers. The galleries became spaces that maintained spirituality during these painful months.
The National Gallery sets out a gradual return to normal life through the works of Zahariy Zograph, Vladimir Dimitrov – Maystora, Olga Wisinger-Florian, Ivan Milev, Dante Ricci, Sirak Skitnik, Dechko Uzunov, Nikola Tanev, Vera Nedkova, Porfiry N. Krylov, Mara Yosifova, and Yordan Katsamunski, among others, in an exhibition prepared with a feeling of great gratitude to all the Bulgarian medics.