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Second Degree Sculpture exhibition 15 May 2018
The Exhibition Second Degree Sculpture @ the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest An Event by The Contemporaries, signed by Mircea Roman and Aurel Vlad   On Tuesday, 15th May 2018, from 6:30 p.m., the Rotunda of the Ion Luca Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest shall host the opening and launch of the catalogue to the exhibition Second Degree Sculpture, bringing into the fore two sculptors, some of the major Romanian artists, Mircea Roman and Aurel Vlad, organisers: the Contemporaries Cultural Project and NTB, co-organiser the Romanian Cultural Institute.  Open to the public for four months, at the 0 km of Bucharest, the exhibition reconciles two artistic representations of Power with a high level of expressiveness. Second Degree Sculpture is organised in the spirit of the acknowledgement of Romanian values, of personalities registering performance on the cultural field and representing Romania with excellence at the most important manifestations of international culture. In the opening, Ion Caramitru, director general of NTB, Adriana Popescu, director for communication and international relations at NTB and Maria Pașc, Contemporaries Project, shall take the floor. This exhibition event is achieved with the support of Apulum – the Porcelain Factory Alba Iulia, Dedeman, Titan Mar, the Sâmburești Domains and Aqua Carpatica. The exhibition Second Degree Sculpture shall be open to the public until 10th September 2018 and can be visited daily from 2.00 – 7.00 p.m., except for Mondays. The audience’s access to the exhibition Rotunda is made through the entrance to the NTB Small Hall, from Carol Blvd. Entrance is free. The Contemporaries Cultural Project is initiated and developed by the Făuritori Association, which aims at capitalizing contemporary Romanian culture, by favouring the creative act, approached from a unitary perspective with the creator. The project is aimed at the organisation and support of artistic and socio-cultural activities, for educating the audience’s aesthetic sensibility.   About the exhibiting artists: Mircea Roman (born 1958, Băiuț, Maramureș). In 1984, he graduated from the courses of the Ion Andreescu Fine Arts Academy of Cluj, sculpture department. Awards and distinctions: 1988 – Atelier 35 Award Bucharest; 1992 – Grand Prize of the Osaka Triennial for Sculpture; 1993/1994 - Delphine Studio scholarship, London; 2000 – decorated with the National Order Christian Service to the rank of Officer; 2008 – Gold Medal of the Visual Artists’ Union of the Republic of Moldova. He is a member of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania and since 2016 president of the sculpture branch of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania. In 2017, he received the Award of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania for Sculpture. Aurel Vlad (born 1954, Galați). In 1984, he graduated from the Nicolae Grigorescu Fine Arts Institute, sculpture department. Since 2005, he has been a PhD in Fine Arts and university professor at the National Arts University of Bucharest. Awards and distinctions: 1986 - Dimitrie Paciurea scholarship; 1990 – Award for Sculpture of the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania; 1998 – Grand Prize of the Bucharest Municipality Salon; 2000 – National Merit Order to the rank of Commander; 2002 - Ion Andreescu Award of the Romanian Academy for sculpture; 2003 – Third Prize of the International Sculpture Symposium of Fuente Palmera, Spain; 2009 – Constantin Brâncuși Grand Prize, Painting Biennial, Sculpture, Arad; 2010 - Constantin Brâncuși Grand Prize - Painting Biennial, Sculpture, Timișoara; 2011 – Excellence Diploma and Cultural Prize of the George Apostu Cultural Centre, Bacău; 2014 – Award for excellence in art, offered by the Visual Artists’ Union of Romania; 2016 - Constantin Brâncuși Prize, awarded by M.L.N.R. and the Romanian Academy. Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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