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Nikola Tanev Museum


Nikola Tanev, a distinguished Bulgarian artist, was born in 1890 in Svishtov. At the tender age of 15, Tanev and his family relocated to Paris, marking the beginning of his journey in the arts. He initially honed his skills at a printing school before advancing his studies at the prestigious Paris Academy of Decorative Arts between 1908 and 1912. Tanev’s burgeoning talent culminated in his first exhibition in 1912, setting the stage for a prolific career that saw him hosting over 50 exhibitions across major European cities by 1944.

However, Tanev’s artistic journey encountered turbulence in the wake of September 9, 1944, when he was ensnared by the new people’s power regime, leading to several months of imprisonment. Tragically, after 1949, Tanev became paralyzed, yet his indomitable spirit saw him creating his final two paintings with his left hand, a testament to his enduring passion for art.

For those interested in exploring Nikola Tanev’s remarkable legacy, tickets are available at the box office of the National Art Gallery, providing an opportunity to delve into the life and works of one of Bulgaria’s most prolific artists.

Ticket: BGN 3.00

Free entry: children up to 12 years old, visitors with physical disabilities, pupils and students of art schools, employees of museums and galleries, journalists, members of SBH, ICOM, ICOMOS, AIAP, AICA.

Work time:
Tuesday – Friday:
10:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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