The National Art Gallery is currently housed in the renovated west wing of, what was formerly, the King's Palace.
The Gallery is scheduled to move to a newly built Art Museum complex sometime in 2015.
Deprived of its international collection in the 80’s, which became part of the Gallery of Foreign Art, the National Art Gallery is now exactly what its name suggests: national.
There are no world-renowned works of art here but the squeaky wooden floors of the palace’s rooms, complete with fireplaces and views of the charming park found at the rear, are reasons enough to visit.
The collection itself should not be underestimated.
Among the more famous paintings in the gallery’s permanent collection are works by iconic Bulgarian artists from the early to mid 20th century, such as Vladimir Dimitrov (lovingly called The Master) and Zlatiu Boyadziev, to name but a couple.
The art is mainly concerned with rural life and the lives of peasants. The daily endeavors of peasants and their elaborate but long lost customs are favorite themes for the artists.
The Museum of Ethnography is across the hall and there is a wonderful gift shop on the ground floor.