Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum

14 October 2018
Romania, 100 Years of Architectural Competitions 15 November 2018
Thursday, November 15th, 2018, from 6.00 p.m., the foyer on the floor of the Studio Hall hosts the exhibition Romania - 100 Years of Architectural Competitions, organized by the Faculty of Architecture of Spiru Haret and UAR Sector 2. Curator: PhD lecturer arch. Teodorescu Nicoleta Doina. The year 1918 meant the fulfilment of the dream, of the ideal and the hopes of many generations of Romanians who wanted, promoted and identified opportunities in the European context of the time. The century that passed, which we celebrate this year, is the century in which the generations that have lived on these lands created the spatial expression of the Romanian spirit, as we can identify it today. Among those called to materialize this spatial expression, we include architects, and the exhibition we propose is their effort to capture in their proposals and projects, their spirit and aspirations. Far from reviewing the creation of Romanian architecture over a century, which would have required a totally different approach, the exhibition Romania, 100 Years of Architectural Competitions, draws attention to the value of the Architecture Contest. Its tradition is based on the quality of the undeniable results, a tradition that is increasingly ignored, the selection of projects being often based on criteria far from the quality of the resulting constructed object. On the other hand, the Architecture Contest, open, accessible, has allowed the assertion of young gifted architects, promoters of original visions of the built space. We can mention here the two Contest teams acknowledged as such: Gabriel Cristea, Dinu Gheorghiu, Constantin Savescu and Romeo Belea and later on Thomas Toma Olteanu, Victor Ivanes, Constantin Dobre and Radu Tanasoiu, architects who asserted themselves through the Architecture Contest, gaining a large number of awards. They have proven their professional value and competence later on also as teachers, mentors of many generations of architects. The contests presented in this exhibition are selected from those published on the pages of the Architecture magazine, accompanied by comments on the topic, selection criteria and proposed solutions. When the authors were able to make material from their personal archives available, we have gladly used them. We present published projects, some completed, others ignored at a later stage (as is the case with the Bucharest 2000 Contest). Also included in the exhibition is a section devoted to the places of worship, the prophets of worship, architectural proposals after 1989, whether or not included in architectural competitions. The opening of the exhibition Romania, 100 years of Architectural Competitions shall take place on Thursday, November 15th, 2018, from 6.00 p.m., in the foyer of the NTB Studio Hall!   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Hidden Museum! - Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum (2) 09 November 2018
Between October 15th and December 14th, 2018, the "Tapestry" foyer on the first floor of the NTB Grand Hall hosts three thematic exhibitions dedicated to great actors that marked the centennial history of the National Theatre: Aristide Demetriade, Ana Luca and Ion Petrescu. Painting, sculpture, graphics, costumes, photographs, objects and documents (manuscript posters, archive images) that are part of the collection of the National Theatre Museum are exhibited. Some of these exhibits have undergone careful restoration-conservation interventions: as of 2018, expert restorer Dr. Aurelia Pomponiu masterfully restored some of the costumes from the collection of the National Theatre Museum and the project Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theater Museum shall continues the process of restoration of oil painting works on canvas and graphics by restorers Ioan Darida and Dana Postolache. After the first "micro-exhibition" of this generic cycle entitled The Hidden Museum, dedicated to the great actor Aristide Demetriade (1872-1930), from November 9th to 25th, 2018, under the title Presences Changing the Face of the Romanian Theatre, a new micro-exhibition capitalizes the personality of actress Ana Luca, a student of the famous Aristizza Romanescu. On this occasion, the recently restored painting of the famous painter, I. Teodorescu-Sion, who immortalized the actress in a beautiful portrait that is part of the recovered patrimony of the NTB Museum, shall be displayed. These exhibitions are part of the cultural project "Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum". Initiated by the Art Conservation Support Association (ACS), in partnership with "Ion Luca Caragiale" National Theatre, the project is funded by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity "and is dedicated to a series of activities aimed at both the general public of all ages and experts in the conservation of material cultural heritage.   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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