Visiting schedule in the time frame 9 January – 23 February 2017
Daily between 14.00 – 19.30, except for monday
The access to the Rotunda foyer of the Small Hall is possible from the entrance towards the Carol Blvd. of the National Theatre building, from the alley ascending from the boulevard.
Starting with 8th December 2016, at the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, the exhibition Andy Warhol and Slovakia shall be open to the public – event with an rich cultural resonance marking the end of the Slovak rotary presidency at the Council of the EU (July-December 2016).
For over 2 months, for the first time in Romania, 85 works of different styles (drawings, prints, facsimile on canvas, photographs, and documents) shall be exhibited, as well as a few personal objects of the famous American artist with Slovak origins.
The exhibits stem from the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art of Medzilaborce, Slovakia, the first of this kind in the world and to this day, unique in Europe. The main initiators of the museum, founded in 1991, were John Warhol (Vice-President of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts of New York), Dr. Michal Bycko, PhD , curator of the Bucharest exhibition and Michal Cihlář. The museum performs presentation activities, scientific research and exhibitions in the field of contemporary art, the main attractions being the Andy Warhol Exhibition - including Campbell soup cans, parts of the portfolios Ladies and Gentlemen (1975), Electric Chairs (1971), Lillian Carter (1977), Kimiko (1981), as well as works acquired from private collectors; The Exhibition on the Origins of Andy Warhol; the Paul and James Warhol Exhibition.
Descendant of a poor family of Slovak immigrants from Pittsburgh Pennsylvania (parents Ondrej and Julia Warhola, born in Medzilaborce, Slovakia), Andy Warhol studies at Carnegie Mellon University from Pittsburgh, and moves afterwards to New York, where his creativity fully unfolds. Andy Warhol has imposed a revolutionary approach to all artistic genres he practiced - painting, sculpture, photography, music, film, fashion, literature. He attempted, in a way, to synchronise art with modern times, becoming the emblem of a new artistic genre – pop art. Charismatic magnet of the New York bohemian society, accepted in the fanciest high society circles, Andy Warhol has consecrated through his status of popular idol a new kind of fame and celebrity for a visual artist.
The idea of touring this exhibition to Bucharest is by courtesy of the current Slovak Ambassador to Bucharest, His Excellency Mr. Jan Gabor, who recounts: ”20 years ago, during my at the Slovak Embassy in the USA, when I visited the Andy Warhol Museum from Pittsburgh – the largest American art museum dedicated to a single artist – I told myself that it would be nice to promote the knowledge about the Slovak roots of the King of Pop Art. Ten years ago, when Slovakia became an EU member during the rotary presidency of Ireland at the EU Council, I succeeded in bringing Andy Warhol to Dublin. And these days I am very happy to have the privilege to enjoy thisexhibition, inside the cultural sanctuary of Romania – country so close to us, Slovaks.”
The exhibition is open to public viewing from 8th December 2016 to 23rd February 2017, daily between 14-18, except for Mondays, in the Rotunda of the NTB Small Hall, with access from the Carol Blvd.
Translated by Simona Nichiteanu