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The exhibition “Christian art in Bulgaria” organized by the National Archaeological Institute with Museum in partnership with the Embassy of Republic of Bulgaria in Bern, the Liechtenstein National Museum and the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Principality of Liechtenstein was officially opened on 5 April, 2017 in the Liechtenstein National Museum at the city of Vaduz (http://www.landesmuseum.li/).
After having organized the last year’s exhibition in Klosterneuburg, Austria, this is the second exhibition with a focus on the Christian art presented by the National Archaeological Museum. The exhibition displays artefacts from Bulgaria relating to the Christian art dated from the 4th c. to the 19th c., introducing the basic aspects of the history of emergence and consolidation of Christianity in the Bulgarian lands within a broad chronological framework, between the 4th and the 19th century, to the European audience. One of its main tasks is to promote the role of Bulgaria and the Bulgarian cultural-historical heritage as part of the pan-European Christian art and values that have developed in interaction with the philosophy and values of the Christian religion, and thus to show the various ways in which the religion has met the needs of the Bulgarian state, Bulgarian society and its members in different historical periods.
Special guests for the opening event were Sophie Hereditary Princess von und zu Liechtenstein and Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, accompanied by his wife Margarita Gómez-Acebo y Cejuela Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. Among the attendees were representatives of the newly elected government of the Principality of Liechtenstein, members of the Parliament, prominent representatives of science, culture and business, friends of Bulgaria, representatives of the Bulgarian community in the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Swiss Confederation, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Todor Chobanov, Deputy mayor of Sofia Municipality on “Culture, education, sports and dependency prevention”, and Mr. Felix Fischer, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in Zurich.
The exhibition was opened by Prof. Rainer Vollkommer, Director of the Liechtenstein National Museum and by Dr. Meglena Plugchieva, Ambassador of the Republic of Bulgaria to the Swiss Confederation and the Principality of Liechtenstein.
Greetings were made by Corr. mem. Prof. Vassil Nikolov, D.Sc., Vice-President of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, Dr. Renate Wohlwend, President of the Foundation Board of the Liechtenstein National Museum and Dr. Helmut Schwärzler, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Bulgaria in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
The exhibition will be open to visitors in Vaduz until 27 August, 2017. It already enjoys a strong interest in the Principality of Liechtenstein and the Swiss Confederation.