Francophonie Day

20 March 2019

Intrare liberă / Free entrance

Sculpture and Drawing Exhibition by Dimitri Cusa 24 April 2019
During the Romanian-France Season 2019, the French artist of Romanian origin, Dimitri Cusa, established for more than four decades in France, returns to Romania to present to the audience in his country a representative selection of sculptures and drawings, created in his studio in Evry Ville Nouvelle near Paris. In the exhibition to be opened on April 18th, 2019 in the Rotunda of the Small Hall of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre and the varnishing which shall take place on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019, at 18.00, the Romanian audience shall be able to admire the works of the Romanian-French artist, which remain on view until June 18th, 2019. At the opening, youshall be introduced into the artistic world of Dimitri Cusa by the art critic Virgil Mocanu, who remarked the artist since his inception in Romania, prefacing the catalogue which shall be released on this occasion: "I have noticed him since his debut due to his force and originality. Then, as now, he was alienated from the revolt of the neophyte against all and without paying tribute to a successful name. (...). Cusa's sculpture translates the abstraction of ideas and concepts into the solution of a purged figurative, using the human module extracted from a reality that we too often perceive as tautological and redundant. His volition and sublimation ability shall lead him to his own character, an ideal essence at the crossroads of great tensions. (...). Therefore, the artist preferred to develop under the cultural dome that also covers the archaism of the founding civilizations from which the being crystallized ... ". The exhibition, in partnership with the "I.L. Caragiale" National Theatre, is organised within the Season France - Romania / Romania France, under the auspices of the Romanian Government and the French Embassy in Romania, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the French Institute. Access to the exhibition is made at the entrance from Carol Blvd. About Dimitri Cusa Born on 27 February 1947 in the town of M. Kogalniceanu, Dobrogea. 1963 - 1968: Studies at the Fine Arts High School in Constanta where Professor Wilhelm Demeter discovers his talent for sculpture. 1970 - 1974: Studies at the "Nicolae Grigorescu" Institute of Fine Arts in Bucharest. 1976 - 1977: Participated in numerous symposia and sculpture camps at Magura, Arcuş, Medgidia, and obtained the sculpture grant of the Fine Artists Union. First personal exhibition at the Orizont Gallery. 1978: Obtains a scholarship in France and is definitively established here. 1979: Works in the stone pit at Tavel near Avignon and creats his first sculptures in France. He participates for the first time in the "Grands et Jeunes d'aujourd'hui" Salon, Grand Palais, Paris. 1980 - 1981: Obtains the Evry Atelier and exhibits at the "Sacred Art" Salon of Corbeil and Evry. Creates a marble sculpture commissioned by Ville nouvelle d 'Evry. 1983: Participates in the exhibition "Eight Romanian Artists" at the "La Platone" Gallery in Paris. 1987 - 1992: Personal exhibitions at Salon Mac, Grand Palais, Paris and group exhibitions in Strasbourg and Paris. 1994: Group exhibition at Versailles where he receives the Sculpture Award. 1994 and 1999: Exhibition at the 20th Century International Art Fair in Gand, Belgium. 1999: Performs a monumental bronze work for the city of Constanta. 2003 - 2004: Participates in the Contemporary Art Biennial, Brie Compte Robert, the Contemporary Art Fair in Strasbourg and the Contemporary Art Fair in Istanbul with the Alkent Actuel Art Gallery, Istanbul.2006 - 2018: He regularly exhibits at the Vanmeneen Gallery in Gand, Belgium. Works in the Georges Heckly collection, Paris and in private collections in France, Belgium, the United States, Korea, Turkey and Romania.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu 
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The Anti-Communist Resistance of Nucsoara - Family Portraits 17 April 2019
The exhibition is occasioned by the commemoration of 60 years since the trials and executions of the participants in the anti-communist resistance of Nucsoara (1959). Its purpose is to present the way in which members of over 30 families involved in the anti-communist resistance during the years 1949-1958 spent their lives (including the children of the punished families): convictions, seizures of goods, deportations with house arrest, executions.   The photos and documents used originate, to a great extent, from the CNSAS archive. The author of the exhibition, Ioana Voicu-Arnautoiu added, for sketching the family portraits of Nucsoara, personal archive photos and excerpts from books and albums published since the early nineties on the anti-communist resistance group from Nutmeg, led by Thomas Arnautoiu. The opening of the exhibition is scheduled for Wednesday, April 17th, 2019, from 7.00 p.m., in the Studio Hall foyer and shall be open until May 4th, 2019.   Translated by Simona Nichiteanu   
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Gheorghe Ciobanu exhibition - 2019 10 April 2019
"The most charming naive painter" exhibitsat NTB on Easter Eve As of April 10th, 2019, in the Media Center (Intercontinental wing) of the I.L. Caragiale National Theatre, naive art lovers shall be able to reunite with one of the most acknowledged creators of the field, the famous peasant artist Gheorghe Ciobanu from Baltati village (Iasi), whose works can be found nowadays, not only in Romania, but also in collections from the USA, Canada, Austria, France, Italy, Germany. In addition to numerous paintings that delight the eye with the richness of colours and the extraordinary wealth of details, Gheorghe Ciobanu shall also exhibit this time some original "peasant icons", painted on carved wood. Easter Day on Green Grass is the title under which the exhibition is being presented on Wendsday, April 10th, 2019,from 6.00 p.m., approaching the Easter Holidays. "I wanted an Easter exhibition, the icons being compatible with the Resurrection feast, although I have painting compositions of Christian inspiration," explains the artist. (...) By focusing on detail I want to show the perfection of God's work, the beauty and poetry of His Creation. The world is beautiful as He created it. (...) We need so little to be happy! When I stand on my knees and paint, I pray to God to give me a little beauty to put in my paintings, much of which he put in his creation. And when the picture begins to bind, to appear from beneath the brush, then I feel a joy and fullness that heals all the evils and makes me happy. " A bliss that we want to sharewiththe visitors of the exhibition, who shall be open until May 3rd, 2019. The exhibition can be visited daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.   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    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 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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