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May 17, 2021

600 communist period works on display in this year’s most ambitious exhibition project

Nearly 600works of art and over 300 artists are past of a comprehensive project organized by the ArtSociety Cultural Centre. The exhibition “The Artist and the Power. Hypostases of Romanian painting during 1950 – 1990” is held under the patronage of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage at the National Library of Romania, Sept 27 – Dec 2. According to a press release, «the goal of the project is to dismiss the notion that proletkult (proletarian culture) was the only form of art during the 40 years of communism in Romania. The exhibition contains many sections dedicated to both established masters including Ion Andreescu, Stefan Luchian, Camil Ressu, Nicolae Darascu, Dumitru Ghiata, as well as expressionists, cubists and oniric paintings. It also offers two special sections dedicated to post-war groups and artists who rallied against the USSR. The works come from 26 national museums, numerous private collections from Romania and France and various workshops from Bucharest and provinces. Art critic Ruxandra Garofeanu is the curator of the exhibition, along with Dan Haulic?, honorary president of the International Association of Art Critics, and painter Paul Gherasim (project consultants). The project is supported by the National Cultural Fund Administration, Mihai Eminescu Cultural Center, the Administration of Monuments and Tourism Heritage Fund, the Lowendal Foundation and the Baia Mare Artistic Center. All the works on display will be included in an art album.

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