Vaska Emanouilova Gallery
Marko Markov. The Memory of Image
130th anniversary of the artist’s birth.
February 25– March 29, 2020
Opening: February 25th, Tuesday, 6:00 pm, Vaska Emanouilova Gallery – 15, Yanko Sakazov Blvd
Vaska Emanouilova Gallery marks the 130th anniversary of the birth of sculptor Marko Markov (1889 – 1966). The exhibition with selected works created in the first half of the twentieth century draws attention to the portrait art and the monumental figure in the sculptor’s works.
Marko Markov was the artist who carved the emblematic monument of Patriarch Euthymius of Tarnovo and the figure of Aleksandar Stamboliyski, which are an important part of the cultural face of our capital. Nevertheless, this sculptor is less known and his creative work is not popular. The last exhibition including his works was in 1981. Apart from the fact that most of his art was lost during the war, the oblivion is also due to his striving for the perfect form, which made him destroy those of his works in which he found a flaw.
During Marko Markov’s studies in Paris in 1920 in Bourdelle’s atelier, at the same time there studied Alberto Giacometti and Germain Richier. Returning to Bulgaria, he was the only artist to have brought some influences of significant European trends in sculpture, such as Neo-Baroque and Surrealism, against whose backdrop he unfolded the avant-garde and whose historical weight is questionable today. Artists such as Maillol, Despiau and Bourdelle are valued for the immortal beauty of their works, but here Markov’s work can be viewed in connection with the neoclassical formulations of totalitarian art.
Marko Markov’s work as a professor at the Academy of Art is of significant value and it can be argued that he taught a large part of the artists from the next generations, some of whom are active even today. His younger contemporaries such as Vaska Emanouilova and Mara Georgieva were also heavily influenced by his art.
The present exhibition includes 18 works from the collections of Sofia City Art Gallery, the National Gallery, Ilia Beshkov Art Gallery and private collections. Part of it is dedicated to the monument of Patriarch Euthymius, inaugurated in 1939.