The Hidden Museum! - Steps towards the Revival of the Romanian Theatre Museum (2)

09 November 2018
Stage and Painting exhibition 06 February 2019
In the Rotunda of the NTB Small Hall of the TNB, the exhibition Stage and Painting - stage design and costume projects by baron George Löwendal. "Stage and Painting" is the title of a new exhibition dedicated to the artistic creation of baron George Löwendal, which shall open in the Rotunda Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest from 4 to 20 February 2019, with the opening on Wednesday, 6 February 2019, 18.00. Outlining an artistic destiny launched in the Year of Great Romania, 1918, this exhibition shall focus on stage designs and costumes created during 1921-1945 when George Löwendal worked in the theaters of Bucharest, Cernauti, Timisoara, Braila or Craiova. There, he achieved successful stage designs, recorded in the press of his time, by prominent personalities such as Lucia Demetrius, Petru Comarnescu, Adrian Maniu or Ionel Jianu. Along with these creations that have entered the limelights, drawings in coal, of great virtuosity, shall be displayed, representing actors from the golden generation of Romanian theatre, such as Radu Beligan, Fory Etterle, Dan Botta, Grigore Vasiliu Birlic, Dinu Ianculescu, Ion Manolescu etc . Curated by Calin Stegerean, the exhibition presents George Löwendal as a leading personality of the Romanian theatre, with an artistic vision of great originality and value, which the proof of time has constantly confirmed. The finishing event is scheduled for February 20th, 2019, with a conference organized by the renowned theatrologist George Banu, which shall take place in the Media Hall of the Bucharest National Theatre from 6.00 p.m. We invite you on Wednesday, February 20th, 2019, from 6.00 p.m. to the Media Hall of the National Theatre of Bucharest for the conference The Actor’s Albums: from Painting to Etching and Photography. Starting from the splendid actor sketches of George Löwendal, an evocation of the image album, which retraces in time the memory of the great performers and the adopted performance style. Presented by: George Banu, theatrology expert George Banu (born on June 22nd, 1943, Buzău, Romania) is a theatrology expert and Romanian university professor, who settled in Paris. Since March 2013, he has been an honorary member of the Romanian Academy.   The exhibition is organized by the Löwendal Foundation in partnership with the IL Caragiale National Theatre of Bucharest and the Manasia Domain and is part of the Romania 100: Scenography, Painting project. Costume, funded by Bucharest City Hall 1 through the Cultural Centre 1, within the Centenary for All Programme - 2017-2020.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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Romania in Watercolor 22 January 2019
The best Romanian watercolor painters, in the exhibition “Romania in Watercolor”, hosted by the National Theatre of Bucharest   On Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019, from 7.00 p.m., the National Theatre of Bucharest shall host the first national exhibition of watercolor painting of Romania. The event shall take place in the „Media Foyer” hall, in the Intercontinental Wing of the National Theatre. The exhibition shall host the works of over 70 watercolour painters, professional or amateurs, young or less young, united for the first time under the „blason” of the International Watercolor Society, whose Romanian branch organises this special event in partnership with the National Theatre of Bucharest. The project proposes an extensive and complex approach of the watercolor painting technique. The International Watercolor Society is a non-profit organization founded in the year 2012 by the Turkish artist, residing in Canada, Atanur Dogan, and since 2016, it has also been active in Romania under the designation International Watercolor Society Romania (I.W.S. Romania), chaired by architect-artist Ovidiu Iovanel. I.W.S. was founded with the aim of promoting the oldest painting technique worldwide, Watercolor. I.W.S. aims at promoting respect, peace and harmony through the use of art – the common language of the whole world. The society’s activities involve bringing together watercolor painters and art lovers, watercolor lovers. Watercolor painting has been neglected and even despised for a long time, at the expense of other techniques. Festivals and exhibitions, national or international, are effective means of promoting watercolor painting, presenting the world with exquisite works of art. These events are also becoming points of interaction between artists, collectors and art experts, from various countries. The exhibition shall last from January 22nd until February 24th, 2019. The exhibition can be visited from Monday to Sunday, in the time frame 10.00 -18.00.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Circle exhibition 10 January 2019
The Circle, the first painting exhibition of the year 2019 in the Media Foyer (Arghezi) of NTB    The duration of the exhibition The Circle by painter Norica Vesca-Popescu from the Media Foyer (Tudor Arghezi wing) is prolonged until February 11th, 2019. On the Sundays of January 27th, February 3rd and 10th, 2019, the painter Norica Vesca-Popescu invites children to the exhibition space, to the Painting Workshops: ”They shall enter the universe of characters from my stories and paintings and much more. They shall learn from me, me from them, through play, game, we shall draw, paint, narrate”.  On Tuesday, January 22nd 2019, from 5.30 p.m., the Media Foyer (wing towards Tudor Arghezi St.) shall host the official opening of the painting exhibition The Circle by Norica Veșcă-Popescu: introduced by art critic Ileana Ploscaru-Panait. Starting with January 10th, 2019, the Media Foyer (Tudor Arghezi wing) is hosting the painting exhibition of Norica Vesca - Popescu, entitled The Circle. 50 works are exhibited, configuring a graceful and sensitive universe, reminding of the fairy-tale books with good fairies and a happy ending under the sign of love. ”My inner states have always led me towards the closure of forms, towards symmetry. In creation, I have materialized my passion for the symbolic universe – the painter confesses. Life is a Circle. The embrace is a Circle. You always draw circles around the ones you love. Because hearts can be broken, the Circle has no ending. (…) It bears a profound symbolism, even in folk art. The dance, the wheat ear crowns on the heads of the girls, two young people in a forest facing each other, holding hands, have their Circle, which is a bearer of messages. In the works from my exhibition we encounter this symbol through the characters’ movements, through what they convey, through the theme. (…) We do not see it necessarily, we must search and try to preserve it, which I invite you to do by contemplating my works…”.  The exhibition, which shall be open until February 25th, 2019, can be visited daily from 11.00 – 18.00, except for Mondays. Access through Tudor Arghezi St. or via the foyer towards Intercontinental.   Norica Vesca – Popescu graduated from the Arts University of Bucharest at the painting class of professor Stefan Caltia, year 2000. Member of the Visual Artists’ Union, Bucharest branch office. Governmental study scholarships in Greece, Egypt. Participations in yearly painting salons, visual arts fairs, creative camps, further yearly group exhibitions in Romania and abroad (1994-2018). Personal exhibitions, including at: Mogosoaia Pallace, Serendipity, Marriott Hotel, the Peasant Museum, Carturesti, Victoria Gallery, H. Traian Gallery - Iasi. Painting of film costumes, sceneries of foreign movies shot in Romania ("Les Rois Maudits", "Perfume - a story of a murderer", "Modigliani", etc).   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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