An exhibition of the Swedish artist Fabian Edelstam was opened on the 20 of June in Sofia under the high patronage of H. E. Mrs. Louise Bergholm, Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria. It was organised by the Bulgarian Musical Society and Gallery 2.0.

The exhibition named "Trans Europe" is organised at the occasion of the Bulgarian presidency of the European Union. It revisits atmospheres and personalities from the European history of 20th century.

Many of the themes are collected from the Balkans and specifically Bulgaria. In some cases the work is based and inspired by the Bulgarian portraitist Dimitar Giudjenov like the paintings of the two Bulgarian WW1 Generals, Krastyu Marinov and Danail Nikolaev.
General de Gaulle, Kemal Attatürk and other strong leaders appear as well, reminding us about courage in a time when many old demons from darker times reappear in the present European reality. The narrative is balanced by female beauty like Brigitte Bardot and Princess Grace of Monaco.
Fabian Edelstam has always been attracted to history and fascinated by the European cultural heritage.His works are a combination of painting and canvas photography, using the mosaic principle.

"By splitting the images and then reconstructing them the author seeks a deeper reality. As if they were snapshots of a childhood memory or an historic event – some pieces will be lost, some will be misplaced or put back in disorder. As with the human memory – there will always be lacunas and omissions – a process of disintegration." - Louise Bergholm, Ambassador of Sweden to Bulgaria.

Fabian Edelstam was born in Stockholm where he studied at the prestigious Beckmans School of Design, then at the Académie de la Grande Chaumière in Paris. From the 90th he lives and works in Paris.

His works have been exhibited in the European Parliament, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden, the Charles de Gaulle Memorial in France, the Parliament of Luxembourg, NATO and belong to many private collections such as that of Prince Albert of Monaco, the Swedish royal family, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and more.

At the opening of the exhibition, the audience also enjoyed the performance of the Women's Choir of the Great Bulgarian Voices.

The material is provided by Gallery 2.0.

Above: H. E. Mrs. Louise Bergholm, Ambassador of Sweden to the Republic of Bulgaria and the artist Fabian Edelstam - in the middle, Maria Stefanova and Milena Pandova from Gallery 2.0 - on both sides.

Below: works by Fabian Edelstam