Bulgaria's Museum of Socialist Art - Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame

Novinite Insider » EDITORIAL | Author: Maria Guineva |August 26, 2011, Friday // 12:08| Views: | Comments: 5
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Bulgaria's Museum of Socialist Art - Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame: Bulgaria's Museum of Socialist Art - Hall of Fame or Hall of Shame

In the eve of September 9, the date the Communist regime was established in Bulgaria in 1944, and September 7th, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Communist Dictator, Todor Zhivkov, Sofia will launch the first ever Museum of Socialist Art while a monument of Zhivkov will be erected in the yard in front of his house in his native town of Pravets.

Bulgarian Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, insists the museum aims at teaching history to the country's young generation. According to him, many of the works – painting and statues have artistic value beyond the frame of common propaganda.

And here comes the endless debate if such museums venerate totalitarian times or teach about the looming dangers of any dictatorship.

Bulgaria is one of the last former Socialist countries to have such museum, distantly following in the footsteps of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and others, which do not seem to be at all terrified about being doomed to Communism...

Our acceptance of our Communist past is long overdue.

We need the museum to showcase this past not only because socialist symbols across Europe are a strong attractive point for a number of travelers seeking the exotic. We need it to house and explain the regime's controversial vestiges, (such as the Monument of the Soviet Army), strewn all over the country.

In addition to what Rashidov says will be portraits and statues glorifying Communist leaders and the exploits of the working class, and to saddles bestowed by cut-throats (the Todor Zhivkov museum boasts as a focal point a camel saddle given as a gift by now-struggling Libyan dictator, Muammar Gaddafi), the display should include pictures of the Belene concentration camp and other camps, of tortured victims, their witness accounts, of all infinite atrocities committed by the regime, of the endless lines over the constant shortage of basic staples...

In order to teach history, get rid of Communist mentality, bring an end to Communist nostalgia and to fears of totalitarian rebirth, our brand-new and needed museum must become a true Hall of Shame, instead of a Hall of Fame.

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sa-sha - 14 Aug 2014 // 11:23:11

Seedy is restless. He got a real bee in his bonnet about Tsar Putka, Communism and Damned Russia, sure ;-)
(1)"Vlad's Swiss bank accounts"---why not? ;-) It remains to follow the Israeli' media example (they published the info about Barack's Arab Banks accounts) and to submit the relevant info.
(2) Yes, a hell of rich Russian bastards-oligarchs have foreign accounts...and why UK, USA, Swiss etc authorities
are so tolerant to this - obviously known to them- fact? Any idea? ;-)
(3)"We get enough propaganda"---/"We"(Seedy-the-Commi ;-) !!!/---btw, "We"[Western eaters] eat the daily cereal "Propaganda" with a MSM teaspoon. And You/"We" are heavy eaters!
(4) Communism, as a System, has nothing in common with Leninism-Stalinism in the former USSR.
(5) To "adore"(theoretically) Vlad is far less idiocy for Europe today than to obey (practically) Barack.

Seedy - 13 Aug 2014 // 20:23:29

Ignoring the fact that this is very old "news", the value of Art should transcend politics in my view. However, the idea that it is a museum of "Socialist" Art is simply BS; "Socialism" in Eastern Europe is just a mealy-mouthed way of trying to say Communism in a more acceptable way. We get enough propaganda from those who would like to return to the Soviet era but fortunately they only attract babushkas who gaze longingly back at the Golden Age of knocks on the door at midnight, show trials, Gulags and executions, all played out to the theme music of slowly-moving feet in Bread Queues that lasted for days. Sure there are some idiots even here who adore Uncle Vlad and long for the Glorious CCCP to be resurrected, dominated by Mother Russia of course. The kulaks should be grateful to be lined up against the wall for the good of All Mankind aka Vlad's Swiss bank accounts and his cronies' pension pots in the Caymans....

Optimistic - 13 Aug 2014 // 19:26:12

When I travel in Eastern Europe I like looking at Soviet Era monuments, museums etc. I hope this is positive and not influenced by negative Western propoganda.

BrentT - 13 Aug 2014 // 15:07:35

What a misinformed and inaccurate generalization of socialism. Don't you realize that Germany and Denmark are socialist countrys and they are not dictatorships? People on the internet are so stupid. Do some research and educate yourself. As a journalist you are seriously in need of a proper education.

sa-sha - 27 Aug 2011 // 11:28:13

"In order to teach hisrtory", dear Maria, do study it, and better not through the 'Western Democracy' glasses or, by other words, try to "get rid of" both 'Communist'
& 'Western Democracy' mentalities. History teaches that unbiassed look is much more

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