|nonsofia emerged as a conceptual framework in 2010 and was legally registered as a non-profit entity in 2012. The association offers institutional support for non-objective art in Bulgaria and has organised a number of events, including exhibitions, lectures, screenings, etc. Making constructive aesthetics recognisable within the Bulgarian social context and bringing Bulgaria onto the world map of non-objective art are among its goals.
The logo of nonsofia.
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orthogonal14: international forum for non-objective art, Sofia 2014
9.10 - 7.11, 2014, Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia
Conceived as international forum in 2011, orthogonal introduces the Bulgarian public to a variety of contemporary artists and theoreticians, who work in the field of non-objective art. Apart from an exhibition of artifacts the event offers a programme of lectures and screenings. Аll of the events deal with contemporary and historical issues of this little known in Bulgaria art movement. Supported by the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award, the pilot edition took place in 2012 and featured the work of 14 international participants. A total of 9 countries have so far been represented at both editions.
orthogonal's second edition took place between 9 October and 7 November 2014 at the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia. It included the screenings of the films: Max Bill - The Master's Vision*, Richard Paul Lohse (1902 – 1988)** and When Chagall Was Worth Less Than a Pound of Potatoes***. Apart from the international film program the forum featured a number of lectures, as well as a children’s workshop. The festival visited Contemporary Space, Varna between 20 January and 5 February 2015 for its Black Sea edition.
Participants: Anna-Maria Bogner (AT), Arjan Janssen (NL), Bob Bonies (NL), prof. Bruno Haas (DE), Georgi Dimitrov (BG), Guillaume Millet (FR), Krasimira Stikar (BG/AT), Maria Chakarova (BG), Simon Ingram (NZ), Theodore Markoglou (GR), Yorgos Vourlidas (GR).
Original drawings and serigraphs by Max Bill (CH) were featured in the forum’s exhibition.
* directed by Erich Schmid
** directed by Peter Münger and Karl Jost
*** directed byGiorgos Zervas and Giorgos Papakonstantinou