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Unexpected Care

Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia рresents:


Unexpected Care

Group exhibition featuring moving image artworks in public space 

April 28 – May 31,  Sofia, Bulgaria
Working hours: 17:00 - 00:00
Tsarigradsko Shose blvd. – Eagle’s Bridge, Tsarevets Underpass 


Segment 1: April 28 – May 7
Segment 2: May 10 – May 19
Segment 3: May 22 – May 31


Artists: Veneta Androva, Alžběta Bačíková, Elisa Jule Braun, Open Group (Yuriy Biley, Pavlo Kovach, Anton Varga), Ivelina Ivanova, Pauline Curnier Jardin and Feel Good Сooperative, Adrian Paci, Moritz Stumm, Driant Zeneli


Curator: Vasil Vladimirov


Unexpected Care is a group exhibition organised by the Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia. It will take place in April 2023 on the underpass of Eagle’s Bridge, a primary public location in the city centre of Sofia. For the duration of one month, the exhibition will feature 9 video artworks from local and international artists. Each work will be presented continuously for ten days in one of three identical abandoned stores which are next to one another.



ICA-Sofia: Motives, Analyses, Critique

Vector. ICA-Sofia: Motives, Analyses, Critique is an online platform presenting the history, specifics and contemporary state of that part of Bulgarian contemporary art with which the Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia is connected. An interactive multimedia interface combines key texts, videos, publications that contributed to the development of the scene of contemporary art in Bulgaria and its relations on the global art map.

We see this digital platform as a bridge between the past and the present of the visual arts in Bulgaria; between the visibility of the scene in the world and the visibility of the art world here; between audiences and content creators; between different personal positions and the unifying context; between topics and media.

For the 25 years of existence of ICA-Sofia we have realized that there are solid accumulations of content published in and outside Bulgaria, built with the hope that the scene image gets improvement. It is time for this scattered content and reflection, which in principle (and not only as specific names) connects "here and there", some audiences with other producers and products, to "return" and start functioning in an intertextual narrative, with all its multi-layered themes, keywords, media, synchronous intuitions, chronological sequences and anachronistic connections.

Educational Programme Close Encounters. Part 2

  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Models of collaborative, transcultural and transdisciplinary forms of curating

    Hans D. Christ and Iris Dressler

    Dec 13, 2019 - Dec 13, 2019
    Opening: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Presentation of ruangrupa, collective-curator of documenta 15

    Reza Afisina and Iswanto Hartono

    Nov 8, 2019
    Opening: 6 pm
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504

    Memoir, memory, life, nature, freedom

    Merve Elveren

    Oct 9, 2019
    Opening: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
  • ICA-Sofia Gallery
    34, Vasil Levski Blvd Sofia, Bulgaria, CO 1504


    Marina Fokidis

    Oct 5, 2019
    Opening: 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Awards

  • BAZA 2023

    BAZA 2023

    Институт за съвременно изкуство – София

    Фондация „Едмонд Демирджиян“

    Софийска градска художествена галерия

    съвместно с: Фондация за гражданско общество, Ню Йорк

    и международната мрежа Награди за млади художници YVAA



    Конкурс за „Награда за съвременно изкуство БАЗА 2023“

  • BAZA 2022

    BAZA 2022

    The BAZA 2021 award winner is Krassimira Butseva

  • Competition for BAZA 2022: NOMINATED ARTISTS
  • BAZA 2022: Competition

    BAZA 2022: Competition

    Competition for BAZA 2022: Award for Contemporary Art
  • Institute of Contemporary Art - Sofia

    The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is dedicated to the study, understanding, promotion and practice of the visual arts of the late twentieth and early twenty first century, to the reestablishment and furthering of the dilogue between cultures and art scenes, to the search for an open art dialogue with everyone.

    The history of ICA is rooted in the professional partnership between friends who after 1989 shared the vision to open up and develop the Bulgarian contemporary art scene.

    The goals of ICA-Sofia are focused on the development of the contemporary art scene in Bulgaria in relation to the world at large - audience. Primary objective is the constant deepening and strehgthening of relations to the international art world - in a two directional and reciprocal manner by triggering and fascilitating a two-way flow of artists, curators and critics, projects, etc. to not only "take" your/our home out into the world, but also to bring "the world" back home.

    The spectrum of ICA activities consists of international and local projects for shows, publications, conferences, seminars, short term educational activities, lecture series, etc.

    The Institute of Contemporary Art – Sofia is a private, non-profit NGO, an association of curators, artists and cultural theoreticians founded in 1995 by Luchezar Boyadjiev, artist; Maria Vassileva, curator (member until 2012); Boris Danailov, curator (member until 1997); Iara Boubnova, curator; Pravdoliub Ivanov, artist; Kiril Prashkov, artist; Nedko Solakov, artist; Vesselin Tzotchev, lawyer (member until 1997).

    Members of ICA-Sofia became: in 1999 Alexander Kiossev, culturologist (member until 2017), and Ivaylo Ditchev, cultural anthropologist (member until 2006); in 2002 Kalin Serapionov, artist and Mariela Gemisheva, artist; in 2006 Ivan Moudov, artist (member until 2020); in 2007 Krassimir Terziev, artist, Stefan Nikolaev, artist; in 2021 Aksinia Peycheva, artist, Maria Nalbantova, artist, Martin Penev, artist, Radostin Sedevchev, artist and Sophia Grancharova, artist.

    Chair of the board of ICA-Sofia is Pravdoliub Ivanov. Kalin Serapionov is executive director.




    Уважаеми колеги, членове на СДРУЖЕНИЕ „ИНСТИТУТ ЗА СЪВРЕМЕННО ИЗКУСТВО“,
    На основание чл. 26 от ЗЮЛНЦ и чл. 28, ал. 3 от Устава на Сдружението, Управителният съвет на СДРУЖЕНИЕ „ИНСТИТУТ ЗА СЪВРЕМЕННО ИЗКУСТВО“, с ЕИК: 831813928, свиква Общо събрание на Сдружението, което ще се проведе на 26.09.2022 г. (двадесет и шести септември две хиляди двадесет и втора година), от 18.00 часа в град София, в Галерия „ИСИ“, находяща се на адрес: гр. София, п.к. 1504, бул. „Васил Левски“ № 134, при следния

      1. Приемане на Годишен финансов отчет за 2021 г., Доклад и Отчет за дейността на СДРУЖЕНИЕ „ИНСТИТУТ ЗА СЪВРЕМЕННО ИЗКУСТВО“;
      2. Вземане на решение за приемане на нови членове на Сдружението;
      3. Разни.

    Моля, имайте предвид, че при липса на кворум, Общото събрание на Сдружението ще се проведе на същия ден от 19.00 часа, на същото място и при същия Дневен ред.
    Моля, имайте предвид, че писмените материали по Дневния ред на Общото събрание са на разположение на всички членове на Общото събрание на Сдружението – на адреса на управление на Сдружението: гр. София, п.к. 1000, район „Средец“, бул. „Васил Левски“ № 82 В, ет. 4.
    Моля, имайте предвид, че всеки един от членовете на Общото събрание на Сдружението ще бъде уведомен също за датата, мястото и часа на провеждане на Общото събрание на Сдружението, включително Дневния ред на неговото провеждане и чрез е-mail и писмена Покана.


    Дата: 07.09.2022 г.




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