CONtemporary Library

The installation is in the largest and main room of the abandoned decades-old Turkish bath (also known as the hammam). The bath is a unique architectural monument from the XVI century built over an even older Roman bath. The traditional Turkish bath has been reconstructed many times and worked and used until the 90s of the XXth century. The building is an architectural monument of local importance and is one of the few buildings of this period in Plovdiv that have been preserved until now. After being completely deserted and forgotten, the ancient bath became a Center for Contemporary Art. In its halls, contemporary art exhibitions, represented in various forms, take place periodically, which gives them a unique and contrasting background from the old building. The entire library is built of wood, used in building construction. The main goal set from the very beginning was the search for the contrast between the shabby, accumulated over the years layers of plaster on the walls and the ceiling, the cold brick and stone walls and the warmth, clarity and cosiness that a natural material such as wood can give to the whole area. The entire installation is created with tremendous respect for its surrounding area since this effect would not be as strong without it.