Paintings made with alcohol, coffee, clay, ashes and inks, exhibited at the Cantacuzino Castle

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After it hosted paintings signed by famous names such as Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh, Henri Matisse, the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni presents an original exhibition. It’s an exhibition of paintings made with solvents, alcohol, soda, coffee, latex, bitumen, clay, ashes and inks; the works are made by the artists who won the project contest organized in this autumn. Being open since December 15, 2017, the exhibition of the unusual works can be visited until March 15, 2018.

”Ne/oW Art” is the title of the new exhibition opened on December 15, 2017 at the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni. Compared to the works exhibited in the last years, those who are presented now can be admired until the half of next March and are completely original, given that they are paintings made with solvents, alcohol, soda, coffee, latex, bitumen, clay, ashes and inks. There are 40 paintings made by the artists Mirela Iordache and Nadine Kseibi, who won the project contest organized in this autumn. Their works were selected out of more than 100 enrolled portfolios.

This September, the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni launched a project contest for the Art Gallery of the museum; artists in all the cultural areas could submit their files until October 15, 2017. Thus, the above mentioned gallery announced its first “Open call for art”, a project aiming to support and promote Romanian artists in various fields of art. Through this action, the Cantacuzino Castle wished to provide artists with the opportunity to exhibit their works in the Art Gallery, thus enjoying a wide exhibition, both in terms of the visitors and of the online community.

The works enrolled in this competition had to be paintings, photos, sculptures or multimedia installations, and the portfolio had to consist of at least 10 images of the workers and a presentation of the artist. The contest was open for all the Romanian artists activating in the art field, provided that they had to be at least 18 years old; the sent portfolios were analyzed, among others, by Kurt Neuschitzer, CEO of Zamora Estate – the owner of the Cantacuzino Castle, Margarita Mamsirova – mezzosoprano and art collector. At the end of November, following the analysis of almost 100 works enrolled in the competition, Mirela Iordache, Nadine Kseibi and the project of the Romanian Figurative Artists’ Society were nominated the winners of the project contest organized by the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle.

We mention that the Cantacuzino Castle Art Gallery was founded in 2015, its first exhibition being dedicated to the Spanish painter Salvador Dali. It was followed by graphic works of the artists Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse and by works of Romanian contemporary artists. The Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni was built between 1901 and 1911 by Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino and was opened to the public to be visited starting with 2010.