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The Mission Gallery presents Balkan dialogues in painting and sculpture

01 September 2022 News

An exhibition by Ivan Milushev and Yasharali Tahir was presented at the Mission Gallery of the State Institute for Culture under the Minister of Foreign Affairs. The exhibition entitled “Closeness” is part of the programme of the “Balkan Dialogues” of the Institute.

Both artists were born in Bulgaria, graduated from the Art High School and the Art Academy in Sofia, and although Yasharali Tahir has lived in Turkey since 1985, the artists maintain their contact and closeness in art.

“Today’s meeting illustrates communication as an important tool in dialogue and the role of culture in diplomacy,” Deputy Foreign Minister Kostadin Kodzhabashev said in his address at the event. He underscored that the exhibition is another example of the good cooperation between Bulgaria and Turkey in various fields.

The opening ceremony was also attended by the Ambassador of Turkey in Sofia Eileen Sekizkök, who pointed out that such projects bring our two nations even closer and stated the readiness of the Turkish side to support future joint initiatives.

Ivan Milushev has had over 40 solo exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad and has participated in various international exhibitions and forums for oil painting and watercolour. His paintings are owned by the National Gallery of Art in Sofia, the Print Department of the Washington Convention Library, numerous municipal galleries in Bulgaria, and private collections worldwide.

Yasharali Tahir has been teaching at the Ninth of September University in Izmir, majoring in sculpture for 30 years. He has had numerous solo exhibitions at home and abroad: Paris, Lyon, and Strasbourg. He runs his own gallery in Izmir, where he organizes international plein air events.

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