The National Gallery for Foreign Art in Sofia is the only one of its kind in the Balkans. It posseses an unique collection of Christian sculpture of the Indian province of Goa which can be found only in Great Britain and Portugal. Here is the Poetic Reality collection which no other museum has, etc.
The Gallery is unique with the character of its collection – the art of distant lands, of exotic tribes and nations, of old and new ages coexists with the modern European tendencies, with traditional and religious pictorial principles in the chronological span of a millennium.
The most valuable exhibits of the Gallery funds are displayed on four floors, housed in 19 rooms, with a total exhibition area of approximately 3,200 sqm. The Gallery holds over 10,000 museum items – graphic works, paintings, sculptures, fine arts.
The graphic collection of the National Gallery for Foreign Art numbers several thousand items, mainly graphic prints, less drawings, watercolour paintings, and bibliophilic issues. The collection is, in the main, derived from two sources: the former foreign collection of the National Art Gallery and the fund of works purchased exclusively for the Gallery throughout a decade or so prior to its official opening in 1985. The European graphic school prevails in the collection, and of more limited scope is the art of USA, Latin America and Asia, except for two especially valuable collections of works of the traditional Japanese woodblock printing, Ukiyo-e, and Indian miniature paintings.
As a general architectural silhouette, the Gallery building is a reconstruction of the old State Printing House designed by the Vienna architect Friedrich Schwanberg which was partially destroyed by bombings during the World War II. Its appearance today, conformed to the functions of a modern gallery, is the work of famous Bulgarian architects, artists, art historians, and arrangers.
The National Gallery for Foreign Art has at it`s disposal magnificent halls, multi-media equipment and other conveniences, very suitable for organizing different kinds of cultural, social and business enterprises.