International Salon of Naïve Art

19 December 2017 - 19 January 2018

Intrare liberă / Free entrance

Lia Mantoc - The Flashback exhibition 21 October 2018
The Flashback exhibition is presented at the National Theatre Festival. An exceptional exhibition event within FNT will be the photo installation organized in the foyer of the Small Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest, dedicated to stage designer Lia Mantoc. "Flashback" is the title of the exhibition that the audience is invited to visit during the ten days of the Festival. The route proposed by the impressions gathered in time by the great artist on photographic paper shall reveal new valences of a tireless spirit that surprises life with an ever-fresh eye in the most unexpected hypostases. "Animated by the rampant creative ego, Lia Mantoc is a gigantic personality, an artist with a rare force, who has built a great career in a total acceptance of the condition of rebel and humble artist, as well. The universe of stage designer Lia Mantoc is full of images, of the sense the word gives to the shape, the costume, the make-up on stage. Every costume of Lia Mantoc, for example, is accompanied by the character who wore it - great actors of the Romanian theatre, by utterance, by silence. Lia Mantoc is one of the consistent, caliber names of the Romanian Theatre. And not only. Flashback is a sum of powerful and manipulative images. An invitation into an exciting universe, into a delusional carousel, in which reality and fiction have long lost their edges. Flashback is a return, a glance back, directed by artist Lia Mantoc. We see what we are allowed, we feel what inner freedom permits." Marina Constantinescu   The opening of the exhibition Flashback shall take place on Sunday, 21st October, 2018, from 5.30 p.m., in the Small Hall - foyer of the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre of Bucharest.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Cristian Badilita Exhibition – The Sign of Jonah 17 October 2018
On Wednesday, 17th October 2018, 6.00 p.m., the Media foyer of the ”I.L. Caragiale” National Theatre (Intercontinental wing) shall host the varnishing of the painting exhibition The Sign of Jonah signed by Cristian Badilita*. The event shall be prefaced by the poet Ana Blandiana. Known as a writer, essayist, poet, historian of early Christianism, translator – among others – of the New Testament, Cristian Badilita shall be present on the rails of the National Theatre in a new posture, the one of visual artist. The 40 manually manufactured paper plates which shall be exhibited, propose a troubling visual comment, in a symbolic register, of episodes and parables from the Gospel after Matthew. This is how the author himself defines this unusual endeavour: „The Sign of Jonahis a symbolic meditation on the Gospel after Matthew (the symbol being a wider term, more generous, less devotional than the icon). The symbol transcends the author, not depending strictly upon its „crafty” performances. If I were asked to draw a real fish, this would be impossible to me, because I am simply not gifted for drawing. But maybe precisely because I cannot draw a real fish, I can „imagine” a fish-symbol, a „trans-real fish”. This is the way I ask the exhibition symbols to be seen, read, perceived and interpreted. As you know, the term „symbol” originates from the Greek verb syn-ballein, „to put together”, „to reunite”. „The symbol” was a piece of ceramic broken in two on the occasion of a conclusion of a contract. Each of the „contracting parties” received a half. The two halves were „put together” at the ratification or breach of the contract. The present exhibition illustrates, also at another level, the original significance of the „symbol”. It „puts together” the image with the evangelic text, in an own version, very faithful to the Greek original. Thus, in the beginning was the reader of the Gospel. Its translator from old Greek into the Romanian of the 21st century followed, considering the most trustworthy editions. They were joined by the poet-theologist, who, this time, invents visual metaphors, not semantical-auditory ones. So much about the author and the specificity of works! They would have continued waiting, quietly, in their hiding place, if bishop Virgil Bercea had not replied, with his usual promptness, to the proposal of organising an exhibition in the memory of the seven Greek and Catholic bishops arrested seventy years ago, when modern Romania’s founding Church was made illegal by Communist non-law. The present exhibition is dedicated to the seven bishops - martyrs and, through them, to the true Church of Jesus Christ, a dignified, brave one, not subjected to the times and compromises of a century or an instant.  The National Theatre represents a third stop of this exceptional exhibition, after the Ilfoveanu Foundation of Pitesti and the Muzeikon from Alba Iulia.  The exhibition The Sign of Jonah shall be open to the audience until 18th November 2018. Entrance is free, daily from 11.00-18.00, except for Mondays.   *Cristian Badilita (b. 1968). Writer, historian of early Christianism. PhD of the Paris IV University – Sorbonne with the thesis Métamorphoses de l’Antichrist chez les Pères de l’Eglise (Solomon Reinach Award of the Hellenistic Association of France). Fellow at the Madrid Conciliar Seminary (1991-1992); Normal School of Pisa (1999-2000); Institute of Religious Sciences of Trento (2002-2005) etc. He coordinated the commented translation of the Septuagint within the framework of New Europe College (8 volumes; Polirom, 2002-2011). Courses on the Orthodox tradition at the Dan Bernardino Institute of Venice. He elaborates a commented translation of the New Testament (6 published volumes; Vremea Publishing, Bucharest). Recent publications: The Angel on the Highway (Vremea, 2016); Gospel of Luke (Vremea, 2016); The Deeds of the Apostles (Vremea, 2017); Orthodoxy versus orthodoxy (Tracus Arte, 2016); Unlearnings (Tracus Arte, 2016); The Poet and the Prosecution. Baudelaire’s Trial and the 13 Indicted Poems (Tracus Arte, 2017) etc. He exhibited „Poems for Birds and Aliens” in several museums and libraries throughout Romania, including the National Library of Romania, Bucharest; the Brukenthal Museum, Sibiu; Pogor House, Iaşi; the „Dinicu Golescu” County Library, Piteşti. Additional information on the website and the blog dedicated to fine arts works.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum 14 October 2018
The Art Conservation Support Association, in partnership with the Ion Luca CaragialeNational Theatre, has been running since September 25th, 2018 the Cultural Project Stepstowards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum. * Within the project, a series ofactivities shall be carried out for both the general public of all ages and the specialists in thepreservation of the material cultural heritage.Between October 14 and December 14, 2018, the Tapestry foyer on the 1st floor of the NTB Grand Hall shall host three thematic exhibitions dedicated to some great actors who have marked the centennial history of the National Theatre: Aristide Demetriade, Ana Luca and IonPetrescu. These exhibitions can be seen by all the audiences who come every evening to NTB shows at the Grand Hall, by the participants on Monday’s guided tours, and by the specialists interested in the history of the Romanian theatre.Paintings, sculptures, graphics, costumes will be exhibited, photographs, objects and newdocuments (manuscript posters, archive images) that are part of the National Theatre Museumcollection. Some of these exhibits have undergone careful conservation-restoration interventions: as early as 2018, the restorer expert Dr. Aurelia Pomponiu restored some of the costumes from the NTB Museum collection and through the project Steps towards the Renaissance of theRomanian Theatre Museum, the restoration of oil painting works on canvas and drawings byrestorers Ioan Darida and Dana Postolache shall continue.The first of these micro-exhibitions shall be dedicated to the great actor Aristide Demetriade(1872-1930). There will be a painting signed by Iosif Iser and a bust signed by Corneliu Medrea,representing Aristide Demetriade in the role of Hamlet - who consecrated him as one of the great actors of his generation - costumes (from the roles of Hamlet and RuyBlas), vintage photographs, pieces of furniture. On the eve of the celebration of the Centenary of the Great Union on December 1st, the albumThe National Theatre of Bucharest during wartime (1916-1918), shall be released, authorVera Molea (theatre historian at the NTB Museum), ACS Publishing House. The work is theoutcome of the sustained effort of the author through documentation in the archives and thedetailed study of the documents held by the Museum of the Ion Luca Caragiale NationalTheatre, bringing together valuable documents and information disclosed to the readers for thefirst time. As of mid-October 2018, for two months, the foyer on the floor of the Grand Hall awaits you todiscover images from the history of Romanian theatre that you have never seen before and to be part of an important past that resonates in the topicality of theatrical art with whom you are familiar. We are waiting for you to take a few steps on the corridors of cultural memory, discovering, for a start ... the hidden museum! *The project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity within the CulturalProgramme dedicated to the Romanian Centenary (1918-2018) and the First World War.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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