Bulgaria Culture Minister, Vezhdi Rashidov, has announced that Bulgaria will build a National Museum Complex over the next 2-3 years.
Rashidov said that the idea is to turn the 23 000 m2 area around the gallery for foreign art to become a Bulgarian Louvre. He pointed out that tourist revenues would be huge from the project and that Bulgaria must follow the UK, France and other EU countries in developing cultural tourism.
The implementation of the project will require BGN 25 M, with BGN 2,5 M already provided from the EU Regional Development Operational Program.
Rashidov said; “Bulgaria deserves to have a large exhibition area, because we have many rich archeological museums, possess some very valuable works of foreign art and wonderful art from the Bulgarian Renaissance to contemporary Bulgarian art.”
Meanwhile, Rashidov also announced that it had been decided that the picture by the artist Tsanko Lavrenov that is in the office of Prime Minister Boyko Borisov, should be returned to the heirs of the author. He pointed out that there were no documents to establish that it was purchased.