The exhibition is realized by the scientific team of the “Screen Arts” sector of the Institute for Art Research at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with the head Assoc. Dr. Teodora Doncheva and Assoc. Dr. Deyan Statulov. Scientific consultant of the project is Doctor of Art History Petar Kardjilov. Significant contribution to the realization of the exhibition has Kiril Kirilov /Chief Specialist/ and Dimitar Stoimenov /Head of Department/ in the Directorate “Publicity of Archives” at the State Agency “Archives”. The artist-designer of the exhibition is Daniel Nechev.
The exposition is composed of 30 panels in the size of 70 x 100, dedicated to various topics of the biography and creative path of Vasil Gendov, and several dozens of valuable exhibits and documents that have never left the museum and archive repositories. For the first time, a number of unknown facts about the pioneer of Bulgarian cinema are presented to the general public, as well as previously unseen photographs, documents from his personal archive handed over to the National History Museum, and documents stored in the funds of the State Archives.
The exhibition aims not only to pay tribute to one of the founders of Bulgarian film art, but also to bring the contemporary audience closer to the real dimensions of his importance and invaluable contribution to Bulgarian culture in the first half of the twentieth century. Among the documents shown for the first time in the exhibition are previously unknown manuscripts of Vasil Gendov’s original plays and dramatizations, which he wrote for his travelling theatre troupe. The oldest surviving Bulgarian film poster made for the film of V. Gendov’s “Bai Ganyo” (1922) – discovered during the preparation of the exhibition.
The project is implemented with the financial support of Sofia Municipality, Sofia Culture Programme, “Sofia – Creative City of Cinema (under the auspices of UNESCO)” and with the kind cooperation of the Bulgarian National Film Library, National History Museum, Ivan Vazov National Theatre, FilmScanPro in partnership with the Union of Artists in Bulgaria, National Polytechnic Museum, “Cinema House”, “Vlaykova”, “Eurosinema”, “G8 Cinema”.
The exhibition “Vasil Gendov. Life between theatre and cinema” can be visited from 7 December 2021 to 13 January 2022 in the Exhibition Hall “Archives” of the State Archives on ul. “Moskovska” № 5.