National Gallery for Foreign Art Sofia

Last updated Jan 2015


Address: Alexander Nevski Square


Tel: 359 2 988 4922


Working Hours: Wed-Mon: 11am-6.30pm


Closed on Tuesdays


Getting there: Metro Station SU Kliment Ohridski (Sofia University)


Admission: 6 lv. / 3 lv. for students


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The vast gallery is a great place for art lovers and a cool refuge on a hot summer's day. 

There are no world famous masterpieces here, but neither are there the crowds that usually accompany them.

The ground floor is dedicated to West African wood carvings, Indian miniature paintings and, most interestingly, a collection of Indo-Portuguese Christian art from the Indian state of Goa. Also of great interest are the ukiyo-e Japanese prints by such famous names as Utamaro and Hokusai.

The Gallery exhibits an extensive collection of European oil paintings from the 15th to the 20th century, with a sensible emphasis on French art from the 19th and the 20th century. 

Among the more recognizable names are Eugene Delacroix, Eugene Carriere and Gustave Courbet. Some of the paintings worth seeking out are landscapes by Henry Moret and Roland Oudot. 

A small painting by  Alfonse Mucha is probably one of the museum's most recognizable pieces and a large collection of Nicolas Roerich prints shares the underground floor with a 4th century Early Christian tomb. 

Minor works of more famous artists such as Van Dyck, Renoir, Matisse and Rodin are also present.

The gallery was created in the 1980s and was the brain child of the art-loving daughter of the Bulgarian Communist Head of State. Her famous fascination with the Indian culture and the life and work of Nicholas Roerich shows through in the collection.

The building that hosts the gallery was originally built as the state printing house.

Sofia's Gallery for Foreign Art is currently undergoing a large expansion. The National Art Gallery is expected to move in sometime in 2015. The two galleries will form an yet unnamed National Art Center.


Last updated Jan 2015
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