|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 nonsofia logo.
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orthogonal16: international forum for non-objective art, Sofia 2017
4.05 - 4.06, 2017, 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 artefacts the event offers a programme of lectures, screenings and workshops for children. The events deal with contemporary and historical issues of this art movement that is little known in Bulgaria. All three editions of the forum have been supported by the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award. A wealth of 35 authors from 13 countries have so far been represented at orthogonal.
orthogonal16 took place between 4 May and 4 June 2017 at the Red House Centre for Culture and Debate, Sofia. As usual, the event featured a programme of open lectures, children's workshop and a show presenting the work of a dozen artists from seven countries. Apart from painting, drawing, animation and graphics, the exhibition included concrete poetry, sculpture, wall installations and photography, as well as natural samples from the collection of Earth and Man National Museum, Sofia. In September the festival visited Contemporary Space, Varna for its Black Sea edition (28 September – 21 October).
Participants: Prof. Eugen Gomringer (Switzerland), Dr. Ingo Glass (Romania/Germany), Esther Hagenmaier, Gisela Hoffmann (Germany), Patrick Morrissey, Hanz Hancock (UK), Dr. Judith Duquemin (Australia/UK), Erdem Küçükköroğlu (Turkey), Dr. Nikolay Petkov, Georgi Dimitrov (Bulgaria).