Factory for Humor and Satire

  • Type: temporary exhibition
  • Year: 2017
  • Institution: Museum of Humor and Satire
  • Location: Gabrovo, Bulgaria 
  • Topic: architecture, museum, history
  • Tasks: exhibition design, graphic design

The exhibition “Factory for Humor and Satire” presents the history of the building of the House of Humor and Satire in Gabrovo – a narrative dating back to the 1890s with the establishment of the tannery of the Kalpazanovi Brothers, which became “home” for the Museum 80 years later.

What was the original concept of ​​the institution’s first director Stefan Fartunov and the building’s architect Karl Kandulkov? What were the stages in the development of the architectural design, construction and remodeling of the building? What were the curious facts, difficulties and controversies related to them? These are some of the questions that the exhibition raises and which, at least in part, are answered.

The exhibition was created on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the founding of the Museum of Humor and Satire. The research used materials from the archives of the Museum, the Regional History Museum – Gabrovo, the State Archives – Gabrovo, IEFEM – BAS, as well as personal archives of the architects Yordanka and Orlin Kandulkovi, Hristina Kamenova and Georgi Genev.

The project was realized with the financial support of America for Bulgaria Foundation.


  • Research: Tsvetomir Tsenkov, Margarita Dorovska, Martina Deneva
  • Curator: Margarita Dorovska
  • Exhibition and graphic design: Martina Deneva
  • Interior photographs in the exhibition: Rosina Pencheva
  • Production: Stefan Kazakov, Elena Nikolova, Dimka Koleva, Velina Kazakova
  • Technical equipment and multimedia: Petyo Yordanov