Besides for the Revival art, the museum in Tryavna is a welcoming home for contemporary Bulgarian art thanks to generous donor gestures of artists and collectors.
One of the first donors is the painter Ivan Hristov. His brush has created many paintings, depicting the atmosphere of the Bulgarian Revival towns. The museum holds a collection of artworks – oil paintings from the end of ХIХ and the beginning of ХХ century, by one of the first Bulgarian artists – Ivan PopDimitrov.
The collector Totyo Gabenski donated to his hometown Tryavna over 500 paintings by about 80 Bulgarian artists, who worked from the beginning to eighties of ХХ century.
The museum has big collections of paintings of our contemporaries.
The biggest of them, belonging to Tryavna, is of works by Dimitar Kazakov-Neron. His paintings can be found in private and public collections around the world. Permanent exhibition with the best works of Kazakov is displayed at the Old School. The wooden sculptures of his brother Nikola Kazakov are successfully intertwined in it. Both of them create an atmosphere, in which the time is a relative dimension, and the layers are innumerable.
The museum has a unique collection “Graphicatures" by Prof. Ivan Gazdov, graphics by the professors Rumen Skorchev, Todor Tachev. Professor Nikolay Maystorov is also presented by several cycles of graphics among which "Unamuno-Cervantes” and "The Bible”; the sculptor Ivan Kolev – with small sculpture; Tsanko Panov with graphics, Assoc. Prof. Tsvetan Kolev – painting, etc. The donation of prof. Kancho Tsanev launched a fund with contemporary woodcarving, made by the successors of the Tryavna woodcarving school.