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Open Art Files

Open Arts Foundation, Plovdiv

Open Arts Foundation was founded in Plovdiv in 2007 by Katrin and Vesselina Sarievi. It is one of the leading cultural organizations in Bulgaria, working for sustainable development and the creation of new models and practices to support the Bulgarian contemporary culture.

Open Arts Foundation’s projects and activities have a wide network of partnering organizations, widespread public recognition, numerous awards and many followers and are considered as one of the main factors for the development and activation of the contemporary cultural life in Plovdiv and Bulgaria.

The foundation develops its projects in three main programs: Night of Museums and Galleries, City and Culture and the educational program Introduction to Contemporary Art, with each program having its own short-term or long-term sub-projects. The organization works with leading experts for the development of its projects.

Throughout the years and its various projects, the foundation has established a broad partnership network that includes local and national institutions, Bulgarian and foreign non-governmental organizations, foreign cultural institutions in Bulgaria, hundreds of artists and artistic groups, as well as private sector partners.

The physical space of the foundation, along with gallery SARIEV Contemporary and artnewscafe, organizations that were also founded by Katrin and Vesselina Sarievi, form a cultural center at the very end of Otets Paisiy Str. in Plovdiv.

Email: assistant@openarts.info
Website: www.openarts.info


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Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art

Part of the platform Introduction to Contemporary Art of Open Arts Foundation


The project Open Art Files: Topics, People, Spaces, Files in Bulgarian Contemporary Art seeks to popularize Bulgarian contemporary art in Bulgaria and abroad. It consists of series of two-year activities in 2018 and in 2019 for the building of www.openartfiles.bg, a database of Bulgarian contemporary art, as well as curatorial visits, presentations and exhibitions introducing the project.


The project is part of Open Arts Foundation’s long-standing educational platform Introduction to Contemporary Art, in collaboration with gallery SARIEV Contemporary and the art historian and curator Vera Mlechevska, and is part of the official program of Plovdiv – European Capital of Culture 2019.


www.openartfiles.bg is a bilingual website (in Bulgarian and English) that is a database/archive of Bulgarian contemporary art, an online library and an environment for art criticism. Its content is built into four main panels: Topics, People, Spaces and Files, presented in a clear and accessible way and created in collaboration with experts and contemporary artists. The website was launched December 2018 with a pre-premiere presentation on 18 December in SKLAD, Plovdiv and a premiere in Sofia on 10 February 2019 in Sofia City Art Gallery (partner of the event).


The website started with about 100 profiles in the People panel, 20 spaces, 15 key articles, and a library of more than 1300 resources. It will be updated and will continue to increase to create a more thorough picture of the processes, main topics, artists and events in the contemporary Bulgarian art scene.



More about the project at: http://openartfiles.bg/en/about/2054-open-art-files


* The working title of the project was CARGO (Platform for popularizing Bulgarian contemporary art).