Naraura About seven months after his previous exhibition in Brussels, Bulgarian artist Valentin Kovatchev returns here at the invitation of BRIGIT gallery. His exceptional show called “The Spring” will be opened on 2 May and will continue through 26 May. The vernissage with the presence of the artist will be on 5 May at noon. The gallery is situated near the emblematic Grand Sablon square in the downtown, at 36 Rue Rollebeek.
Valentin will present to art admirers in the Belgian capital his new collection in oil as well as drawings, sculptures and portraits, reveals days before the opening Rosario Escobar, Kovatchev’s wife who is the ‘muse’, but also organiser of her husband’s participations in exhibitions and art fairs.
In his new series entitled ‘The Sibyls’ the artist connects the cosmos and the human being, represented by intriguing and beautiful female faces covered in a cosmic planetary net and illuminated by the light of the universe.
The exhibition will also feature a great selection of works that have been part of the traveling exhibition “Mistica”. It is a project organised by the Bulgarian Embassy in Spain and closed its touring cycle a week ago at the Cercle Munster in Luxembourg, after having been exhibited at the Athenaeum of Madrid, Municipal Heritage Museum of Malaga and Cajasol Foundation Seville. This ‘parcours’ has lasted almost two years. It had a great international dimension, receiving extraordinary praises by the critics and thousands of visitors came to see it.
The current selection includes also works such as ‘The Pianist’, ‘Cosmic Meninas’, ‘Majestic Horse XVI’, the bronzes of the series ‘Music Collector’, and ‘The Spring’, among others.
Why the name of the exhibition is “The Spring”? This is the season that is associated with the emergence of the new beginning, Kovatchev, the artist who is leaving almost 27 years in Malaga, explained pointing out that this is the time when the nature awakens for a new life and everything around blooms. This is a period of new ideas, hopes and inspirations. The feeling of happiness, good energy and freshness is in the air. This is very close to the metaphysics, which I am attracted to, he added.
Talking about the metaphysical spaces, Kovatchev noted that it is the realm of fantasy, of dreaming and daydreaming, to a certain extent of the world beyond. Such spaces attract me, he said emphasising that some of his works are looking very much like fairytales.
Each of the works contains a story. Take, for example, El Camino de Santiago. For centuries now, pilgrims from around the world are flocking in the cathedral of the Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela. The route is hundreds of kilometres long, crossing mountains and taking almost a month to reach the cathedral.
There is a lot of anatomy in those walking legs; the pilgrimage is burdened by history. Once upon a time, 300 to 500 years ago, pilgrims from Cologne and Rotterdam would walk six long months, leaning on walking sticks or crooks, some of them dying en route of illnesses or being mugged. I walked 160 km up the road to feel their enthusiasm, Kovatchev recalled.