Banov: It’s no wonder we were going to be introduced as European Turkey in the Louvre

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Boil Banov Photo: Archive

Bulgarian Orthodox icons from the 16th – 18th centuries will be exhibited in the Louvre in the Department of Islamic Art in the summer of 2020. This will be the third Bulgarian exhibition in Paris.

The theme is “Arts and Cultures in Bulgaria” (XVI – XVIII c). However, from the Institute for the Study of Arts at BAS, they reacted sharply against the exposition on the grounds that “Western European treatment of us as part of European Turkey” was re-emerging.

It is not serious that we will be represented as European Turkey in the exhibition in the Louvre, however, said Culture Minister Boil Banov to journalists in parliament today. She explained that the exhibition was contracted back in 2016.

Asked why in the Louvre’s Islamic department, the minister explained that such were the demands of the museum. “We are very interested in what to give him, but he is interested in some periods.”

Asked if he was worried that we would be exposed in an Islamic department as an exhibition, Minister Banov replied: “I am not a xenophobe. I do not even want to ridicule this answer because it will be frivolous. I hope we all are not xenophobes, this is part of our history. When we talk about the 16th and 18th centuries there will be many things related to Islam, there will be many things not related to Islam. This is our history, these are values ‚Äč‚Äčthat are kept in our libraries. and museums, in the Orthodox Church, etc. “,

Banov also commented on the canceled ballet competition in Varna, explaining that their organizers needed BGN 400,000 for the event, and the state could allocate only BGN 100,000.

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