Regional Art Gallery "Boris Denev"

Address: Bulgaria, Veliko Tarnovo, 17 Alexander Stamboliyski Street

GPS: GPS 43.081794, 25.638524

Contact: +359 62 63 89 61

Email: vt_bdenevgallery@abv.bg

Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday - 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 17:00

Day off: Monday

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/vt.bdenevgallery/

Transport to the city: car, bus, train

We will start our tour from the old capital of Bulgaria - Veliko Tarnovo. A city with an extremely rich cultural and historical heritage. We will walk in the heart of the city and along the Stambolov's Bridge we will reach the Boruna area, at the foot of Sveta Gora Mount, on the rocky promontory of one of the bends of the Yantra River, where the Regional Art Gallery "Boris Denev" awaits us.

Regional Art Gallery "Boris Denev" is located in an adapted for this purpose old building in Asenevtsi Park. The ceremonial laying of the foundation stone of the building, provided for a school of arts and crafts, took place on June 21, 1926. Due to lack of funds the building remained unfinished until the 1930s, when it was provided for the needs of the newly established North Bulgarian Veterinary Institute. After its relocation, the people's militia was housed there for some time. The Biedermeier-style building was rebuilt for the needs of an art gallery in 1985 as part of the events marking the 800th anniversary of the Assenevtsi uprising. In 2003, in connection with the celebration of the 120th anniversary of the birth of Boris Denev, on the initiative of Veliko Tarnovo artists, the art gallery was named after the famous Veliko Tarnovo artist Boris Denev.


The collection of works of art began in 1938, when works by 14 authors were exhibited at Chitalishte (*Community Centre) Nadezhda. Boris Denev is one of the first artists whose paintings attract the attention of the Chitalishte Board of Trustees. In 1953 the collection passed to the State Historical Museum and in 1976 the paintings from the tourist hut of Tsarevets were added to it. This collection served as the basis for the creation of an art gallery-museum of fine arts, which later adopted the name of Boris Denev.


The gallery offers its visitors a permanent exhibition of about 200 works in the sections of graphics, painting and sculpture. Boris Denev is given a special hall where visitors can see some of the artist's paintings and his drawings. The permanent exhibition has undergone transformations over time, as the main concept of "Veliko Tarnovo through the eyes of the artist" is preserved and only individual exhibits are replaced in order for visitors to get acquainted in part with the rich collection of the gallery.


Among the most valuable exhibits we offer to your attention are:

  • ”The Uprising of Assen and Peter 1185” (1981), painting by Alexander Terziev,
  • ”Portrait of Maria Popova”(1862), painting by Nikolai Pavlovich,
  • ”Farewell to Patriarch Evtimiy ”(1969), painting by Svetlin Rusev,
  • ”Vitosha ”(1936), painting by Boris Denev,
  • ”Crucifixion ”, sculpture by Alyosha Kafedzhiyski,
  • "The Renaissance Painter Ivan Obrazopilov", engraving of Vasil Zahariev.