New York Art Turns Bulgarian Village into Outdoor Gallery

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Local villager walks out of her house next to a reproduction of an Andy Warhol art piece in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager walks out of her house next to a reproduction of an Andy Warhol art piece in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov
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By Angel Krasimirov and Stoyan Nenov
STARO ZHELEZARE, Bulgaria (Reuters)

With fewer than 500 inhabitants, Staro Zhelezare in southern Bulgaria is a world away from the mean streets of Manhattan, but its houses and barns have now been painted with some of the most famous images from New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

Andy Warhol’s banana, Salvador Dali’s clocks and Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” are among the murals that have turned the village into a spectacular open-air gallery in what is becoming an annual event.

 

Woman takes a picture of a child outside a house with murals on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A woman takes a picture of a child outside a house with murals on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

It is the fourth year that students from Poland have painted the walls of Staro Zhelezare, a project launched by Polish woman Katarzyna Piriankov and her Bulgarian-born husband Ventzislav who decided the theme this time should be the New York gallery.

“We always want to make our projects on the basis of contrast and absurdity, connecting them with special places,” said Piriankov, from the Polish city of Poznan.

 

Local villager looks at murals on the wall of a house in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager looks at murals on the wall of a house in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

“So, we decided to invite New York to Staro Zhelezare and its people. They also deserve to see the beauty of MoMA‘s art works.”

As well as the locals, foreign visitors have come to see the street art.

“It is just amazing,” said Englishman Nigel Thompson. “I’ve never imagined something like that, you can even see Marcel Duchamp‘s bicycle wheel.”

 

(Reporting by Angel Krasimirov; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

 

 

Local women chat next to Polish artists outside a house with murals on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare
Local women chat next to Polish artists outside a house with murals on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

Local villager sits outside a house with a mural on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager sits outside a house with a mural on its wall in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

Local villager rides his bike past a reproduction of Jackson Pollock's art piece "One: Number 31" in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager rides his bike past a reproduction of Jackson Pollock’s art piece “One: Number 31” in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

Local villager rides his bike past murals on the wall of a house in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager rides his bike past murals on the wall of a house in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov

 

Local villager stands outside his house next to a reproduction of Juan Miro's art piece "Portrait of Enric Cristofol Ricart" in the village of Staro Zhelezare
A local villager stands outside his house next to a reproduction of Juan Miro’s art piece “Portrait of Enric Cristofol Ricart” in the village of Staro Zhelezare, Bulgaria, August 4, 2018. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov