The Romanian embroidered peasant blouses will be on display at the Romanian Cultural Institute (ICR) in New York starting Friday part of an evening of events under the generic title “La Blouse Roumaine”, aimed at promoting the Romanian cultural identity in North America.
According to the ICR, the event will include collaborations with the “Dimitrie Gusti” Village Museum, the Romanian Peasant Museum Bucharest, as well as other ethnographic museums and exhibitions in Romania, via exhibitions and symposiums dedicated to the relationship between Romanian traditional folk art, vanguard trends and artistic works. The first event of the series is the opening of an exhibition of Romanian folk costumes from the personal collection of engineer Cristian Pascu, the president of “Dorul” Society (founded in 1903, under the original name of “Romanian National Club Carmen Sylva). The exhibition will be held at the art gallery ICR New York (ICRNY) and will be preceded by a colloquium. During the opening, visitors can also enjoy songs from the musical repertoire of late traditional folk singer Maria Tanase performed by outstanding composer and violinist Alexander Balanescu.
The exhibit consists of 25 Romanian folk costumes and explores through a slideshow the role played by traditional garments both in the construction of the public and private images of Romanian Queens Elisabeta and Maria and in Romanian fine arts, particularly in the interwar period – Camil Ressu, Ion Theodorescu-Sion, Francisc Sirato, Nicolae Tonitza, Dumitru Ghiata. The event also highlights the status of the folk costume as object of heritage fund, showcased today in museums, or as an inspiration source for the designs of famous fashion houses like Yves Saint Laurent. A significant visual complement to the collection, also in digital format, is the series of portraits “The Romanian Blouse” signed by French painter Henri Matisse and substantially inspired by his friendship with Romanian Theodor Pallady. The event borrows its name from one of the best known works in the series.The event is part of current trends promoting Romanian costumes, as well as the recent display of some Romanian folk costume pieces on the website of the Metropolitan Museum of New York.
La Blouse Roumaine online community, who numbers over 18,000 members, proposes ‘ia’ – Romanian traditional blouse – as Romania’s country brand and will celebrate the Universal Embroidered Blouse Day on June 24, along with the Midsummer Day.