Buian Filchev in Lucas Cranach’s mirror
The renowned painter presents his impressive exhibition in Sofia
14 September, 2012
Painter Buian Filchev looks into the mirror of six centuries in his anniversary exhibition at the Gallery of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. The famous past master of prints, etchings and collages, who has turned 60 in May, is now celebrating his anniversary with an impressive exhibition of selected artworks. Some of the exhibited pieces have been inspired by his favourite Lucas Cranach the Elder. It is the mirror of the latter's originals, where Filchev shows his art reflection. Buian's face sneaks into the pictures as a detail, as a tiny 'dot' of the entire thing, as though the twenty-first century man gives a wink to the painter of the Reformation. Judith with the Head of Holofernes is among Cranach's most popular works, inspired by the Book of Judith, where the Jewish beauty enters the tent of the Assyrian general Holofernes, seduces him, gets him drunk and chops off his head. Then she hangs it from the top of the town wall to rescue her people from a raid.In his version of Cranach's picture, Dedication 2, Buian Filchev put his own head in Judith's hands, leaving it to the imagination of the viewers to decide as to why he has done so.Filchev has been studying the work of Cranach the Elder for years now, making tens of prints and collages. Apart from Sofia, the Dedication series is also on display in Kronach, Bavaria, where Cranach was born on 4 October 1472. Speaking of Buian Filchev's work, esteemed art historian Chavdar Popov observes: "The author has gone all the way, step by step in natural sequence to artistic maturity - from improvised drawings to computer graphics to collages. Buian Filchev is an artist, who naturally succeeds in holding within the framework of a work of art an enormous diversity of contraries, which such a work usually contains."
It is Buian Filchev's head, which is represented here.
Photo: Private archive
An artwork by the painter.