Places for contemporary art are still not many in Sofia. Industrialna 11 is one such attempt making use of former industrial space, unusually bright and spacious. It is housed in a former refrigerator factory – but as often the case, more interesting is its location.
Taking the name of the street (Industrial № 11), the gallery is perched near a crossroad to the areas a city wouldn’t usually advertise. Beyond the Cargo Station railway overpass, the city center suddenly ends.
Following Industrialna on the left, direction opposite from the gallery, you’ll end up at the Central Sofia Cemetery, bypassing the stonecutters’ kiosks on the way. For whatever reason they are all blue – maybe it’s some municipal requirement or ancient custom.
It’s not exactly Pere Laichese, but the cemetery gives an interesting perspective to the cultures and periods that coinhabit Bulgaria’s history. There are the Orthodox, Catholic, Jewish, and Muslim plots, the war cemeteries, the plot for prominent figures of the communist regime. The latter can be recognized by the five-pointed star instead of cross on their tombs. Other tombs reveal interesting values from the 1990s A.D. – the owners pictured with fancy cigarettes and drinks in hand, their German ride engraved in the background.
If, like me, you like to explore cities by biking, left of the cemetery you can make a trip to the rather abandoned and traffic-free industrial zone. Back to the gallery and up north you can reach the Roma mahalle, another one of the many faces of Sofia.
Industrialna 11 | Art & culture, Relaxing | Free
Tue – Sat 10:00 – 18:00