Museum of Socialist Art, Sofia

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See a giant statue of Lenin and a red star that topped the Socialist party headquarters at Museum of Socialist Art. One of the newest museums in Sofia, this institution collects, preserves, and exhibits art created between 1944 and 1989. The museum houses excellent examples of 20th-century modern art and Socialist Realist art. You can watch documentaries and old propaganda films from the socialist era or study the museum's 77 monumental sculptures and 60 paintings. Smaller pieces reveal a gentler side to socialist ideals. The museum also has a large sculpture park, exhibition hall, and video room. Plan a Sofia trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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  • Most of the communist statues were relocated to this museum. The courtyard has dozens of statues of important communist people such as Lenin. There is a small entry fee (I believe it was 6 Leva). It i...  more »
  • ... even if you can do better. For example, from directions to get there. Even though we had read other reviews indicating how to reach it once in the area was a feat because really holed out and hidden from view of everything and everyone. Once you arrive to the beginning of a parking ulica Stanchev bordered by a bar alongside a Sentry on guard, go past it and take for right and you will arrive at the museum space all fairly small but significant and emblematic of what can, has and how it is represented "the epic" Communist (also called for the politically correct Socialist). From giant statues commemorating the leader maximi (although they lack real measures on other issues of ideology) exposed a little pell-mell in the small meadow at propaganda movies where everyone seems glad to be able to participate in the dream of a new world (Mussolini and Hitler were nothing more nor less the same propaganda). In the actual Museum you can admire a collection of paintings which, while belonging to the same time seem to convey a totally different sense of what it was that time. We couldn't fully understand whether this is due to the fact that once fell off the wall and that the artists were able to freely express the perception of socialist ideology or whether it is always closely linked to propaganda that to spread the world of socialism there was need of a new generation of heroes. And there are so many ways to be. The easier to die for an ideal. In its smallness, however, a sobering exhibition space and think and like anything that makes you think and debate is worth a visit. Entrance fee (only to see the movie 6 Lev about 3 euro) other spaces are free.
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  • A place not very easy to find, divided into 3 sections: video of propaganda under the Communist era room with paintings of the era, outdoor area with the statues of the characters. Definitely part of the statues is the most interesting. Interesting enough, but the paintings I had high expectations of something bigger. To see, anyway
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