Stolen Painting Featured in Bulgaria’s National Gallery of Nikola Tanev
Culture | July 15, 2010, Thursday
“Spring in Sofia” – by Nikola Tanev. Photo by president.bg
Bulgaria’s National Art Gallery is opening Thursday an exhibition dedicated to the 120 birthday of one of the most renowned Bulgarian artists, Nikola Tanev.
The last presentation of Tanev’s works was in 1976. The new exhibition will feature a total of 150 works of the artist, including one of the 28 paintings which was stolen from his museum house in Sofia in 1999, and was recovered last week as it was brought to the National Art Gallery by a collector who acquired it in London.
This has spurred allegations backed by a statement of the Bulgarian Culture Ministry that the other 27 stolen paintings of Nikola Tanev are currently exhibited in London galleries. The Ministry has started an investigation to search for them.
The exhibit dedicated to Nikola Tanev (1890-1962) will feature works from his entire life – his first artistic attempts in 1907-1908, the landscape paintings from the 1920s, the urban panoramas from the 1940s and 1950s, as well as previously not exhibited works of naked women’s bodies from the mid 1940s.