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International Print Biennale

Activity Active
Founded 1981
Location Varna
First edition in Varna 1981
Last edition in Varna 2019
Frequency of occurrence biennale
Month August – September
Usual duration 30+ days
Type visual arts
Regulations Competition
Audience specialized
Content experimental
Range international
Organizer a municipal institute
Type of participants professionals
Places in halls
Access paid

Initially the Biennale was announced to be a national exhibition of print artists with international participation. The basic initiators and organizers were the Committee for Culture, the Union of the Bulgarian Artists and the Regional Council for Culture – Varna. In 1987 the Council for Spiritual Development affirmed officially the event as the International Print Biennale. 

 

The statute emphasizes that as an international forum for the meeting of artists from different countries, bearers of the wealth and diversity of the world print art, the Biennale is called upon to play an active role for the mutual enrichment of the print artists, for the spiritual and all-embracing union of the creators and peoples in their struggle for “peace, beauty and humanism”. The participants compete for the “Grand Prix – Varna”, the award of the jury and three equally valued prizes for achievement in the print art.

 

In the 90s of the 20th century the Ministry of Culture and the Union of the Bulgarian Artists withdraw their financial support. From 1981 to 1991 the Biennale was held from May to the end of August. In the period 1993 – 2001 it was held in autumn – October – December. Since 2003 it has been held again in the period May – August. 

 

In 1981 the Biennale was held in the Palace of Culture and Sports. In 1983 – 1987 – in the Art Gallery at 65 Knyaz Boris I Blvd, the City Art Gallery “Boris Georgiev” (1989 and after 1995) and in the Varna Municipality hall (1991 – 1993)


Editions in Varna 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017, 2019

1981 – 23 May

1983 – 23 May

1985 – 23 May

1987 – 23 May

1989 – 23 May

1991 – 23 May

1993 - 23 май

1995 – 8 November

1997 – 15 August

1999 – 5 November

2001 – 14 September

2015 – 7 August

2017 – 11 August