Poster exhibition •80 years prof. Ludmil Chehlarov•
10 December 2018 – 4 January 2019
Academia Gallery, 1 Shipka Street • opening – 10 December (Monday), 06:00 pm
The exhibition is realized under the idea of Poster and Visual Communication Department at the National Academy of Art and is dedicated to the 80th anniversary of the author and all of the current students in the specialty.
The exhibits are authentic theatrical posters (serigraphy and offset) from the Museum Collection of the National Academy of Art.
Ludmil Chehlarov is one of the most recognizable Bulgarian poster artists. For the pronounced style in his work, contributed both the Satirical Theater where he worked for many years and his specific sense of humor. This is the inspiration that shapes the inimitable ironic charm which is instantly discovered in his theatrical posters. In them, he openly gives a joking commentary on the story of the play and often as capturing the idea, provokes with charisma and ideology of the literary text. Thus he enters into a psychological analysis, teasing the world and Bulgarian dramaturges.
This disposition quite naturally relates to the academic activity of Ludmil Chehlarov – amusingly genuine and fascinating the audience. But this versatility is accompanied by meticulous rigor and high criterion towards the students. With his rich professional experience and attractive approach, Prof. Chehlarov skillfully engages into the poster magic his alumni, opening new horizons ahead of them. In this walk of life of his, he introduces a specific approach and a different artistic nature in the teaching traditions of the Academy.
Ludmil Chehlarov's unique work is in the forefront of the contemporary theatrical poster, defining the foundation in the development of Bulgarian Poster Art. And even now his posters continue to wink at the viewer and make him smile under the mustache, even if the poster is not funny.
Ch. Assist. Prof. Dr. Nenko Atanasov
(curator of the exhibition)
Ludmil Chelharov was born on 26 November 1938 in the town of Dobrich. In 1966 he graduated from the National Academy of Art – Sofia, Poster specialty, in the course of Prof. Alexander Poplilov. Immediately afterwards he started working as a poster artist at the State Theater of Satire. The posters he created there for several decades, formed his unique and recognizable visual style. Over the years he has been working in the field of graphic design, illustration and painting. His works are presented at numerous exhibitions in Bulgaria and abroad: in Russia, Cuba, Italy, Canada, Germany, India, Syria, Mongolia, the Czech Republic, Japan, the Netherlands, France, Latin America, as well as in the most authoritative international poster forums. Ludmil Chehlarov organized individual exhibitions in Budapest, Berlin, Warsaw, Moscow, Prague, Riga, Sofia. He is a winner of the UNESCO Prize for a theatre poster, a winner of many Bulgarian awards, and of the UBA Special Prize for achievements in the field graphic design. He was a participant and a member of the jury of the International Triennial of the stage poster in Sofia. A member of the Union of Bulgarian Artists. Since 1991 he was an associate professor at the National Academy of Art - Sofia and taught in the Poster and Visual Communication specialty until 1998. He was a professor at the Advertising Design specialty at the National Academy of Art - Sofia, where he retired in 2008.