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Museum of Socialist Art

7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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The Museum of Socialist Art (MSA) opened on September 19th 2011 as part of the structure of the National Museum of Bulgarian Art and is under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture. The museum consists of a sculptural park (7,500 square metres), where 80 works of monumental sculpture are exhibited at present; and an exhibition hall (550 square metres), designed for works of easel art. There is also a video hall, where archival and documentary films related to the socialist era are projected. The souvenir shop offers authentic items, books and postcards as well as contemporary items. The sculptural area will be supplemented and enriched, while the expositions in the interior part will be periodically updated. Thereby, it will be possible to show different perspectives and diverse curatorial interpretations of the Socialist period in Bulgarian fine arts.
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7 Lachezar Stanchev Street, Sofia, Bulgaria
+359 9800093
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Reviewed 3 May 2017

its in a remote location in the suburbs of the city however it is reachable via the metro system. The statues in the garden outside are very interesting and they also have the original red star that used to sit atop the government building in...More

Thank Jake922
Reviewed 1 May 2017

I am sure that for local people - this museum may bring back very unpleasant memories - but as a Westerner you can only look at everything and wonder about the absurdity of propaganda and how awful it must have been to live in a...More

2  Thank MrLoo
Reviewed 25 April 2017

Definitely a must visit! The only museum that I saw so far talking about communism. Definitely visit on a sunny day to enjoy the outdoor sculptures.

Thank Sawsan S
Reviewed 15 April 2017

It was a little hard to get to but worth the visit. There is a nice collection of statues - not as big as in Budapest - and a little museum shop.

1  Thank Lynn B
Reviewed 6 April 2017

Visit this on a sunny day, the outdoor part with statues is amazing if you like communist art (powerful), the indoor exhibition with paintings is not that exciting.

1  Thank bregmanerik
Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

The sculpture garden or rather sculpture graveyard is absolutely fabulous. The story of the Red Star adds some extra flavour. Inside, it's mainly about the big boys: Engels, Marx, Lenin, Stalin and Dimitrov. Or how a painfull part of history becomes somehow hilarious. Recommended.

1  Thank Peter D
Reviewed 31 March 2017

After 25 years we can say that the socialistic period in E European countries had several positive traits. And among other things artists were somehow included in the awareness raising of masses what resulted in so-called soc-realism. Of course also with several cliches, but fine...More

Thank Nejo J
Reviewed 31 March 2017

This museum consists of two parts, a sculpture garden in the yard behind and a portrait gallery of famous and important Communist leaders. Both are quite interesting for those trying to imagine life in Communist Bulgaria, but neither has much beyond simple captions explaining who...More

1  Thank Raymond W
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I'm 50 years and interested in histroy that happened during my life. It learns you how temporary things are. Walking in this museum gives the wonder that yesterdays actuality is todays history. The musem should give more recent movie material about the 70's and 80's...More

Thank Joop K
Reviewed 19 March 2017

This museum is one-of-a-kind - it is located in a partially run-down (but safe) area which only complements the brutalist architecture of the building. The film and paintings were interesting, but my favorite part by far is the eerie graveyard of old socialist sculptures. It's...More

1  Thank Sarah P
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