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April 19, 2021

In September, National Art Museum to celebrate music in painting

The National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR) is inviting the public Aug. 31 – Oct 2, to visit the exhibition Artistic Interferences. Romanian music and fine arts, an event occasioned by the 20th “George Enescu” International festival and Contest. The exhibition, which will be held in the foyer and the Rotunda of the Auditorium Hall and features 47 paintings and graphic works from the MNAR collection inspired by music, thematically and compositionally, sets out to illustrate the relationship and mutual influence between music and fine arts.

On display, works by Arthur Verona (1868-1946), Theodor Pallady (1871-1956), Iosif Iser (1881-1958), Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882-1939) and Rudolf Schweitzer-Cumpana (1886-1975), along with modernists Las­car Viorel (1879-1918), Marcel Iancu (1895-1984) and  post-modernists Aurel Ciupe (1900-1988), Alexandru Ciu­curencu (1903-1977), Octavian Anghe­luta (1904-1979) and Corneliu Baba (1906-1977). The exhibition offers an opportunity to meet elements and objects specific to the world of music – still lives with musical instruments and notes, characters animating those objects to create sounds – but also the most expressive portraits of such famous musicians as George Enescu, by George Tomaziu, Yehudi Menuhin, Cik Damadian, Cella Delavrancea performing in concert, by Theodor Pallady, Mihail Jora, painted by Jean Al. Steriadi. Aside from the explicit sending to music through the characters and objects in the works on display, the exhibition incites the visitor to discover the subtle influences and interdependence between music and fine artists, so that they can perceive the “musicality” of the works shown. Specific musical notions including harmony, dissonance, sonority, chords, tempo and rhythm can be suggested by visual artists in their compositions by the refined use of the relationship between line and colour, and of the pictorial matter.

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