The National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR) will be hosting thru April 28 the exhibition „Between East and West. Russian painting from the MNAR Collections Fund 16-20th century” at the Kretzulescu Halls. The exhibition is curated by Mariana Dragu, an expert at the MNAR European and Decorative Arts Section. For the first time in more than 20 years, the visiting public has the opportunity of seeing 59 Russian art works – 3 icons and 28 painting from the European and Decorative Arts Museum – significant works from the 16-20th century, which bring to public attention a lesser known yet valuable and carefully preserved and restored heritage over the past twenty years. The work selection illustrates thru a couple of representative examples the development of a painting school which started out influenced by Byzantine art and then Western art and eventually brought deep changes to the European art of the early 20th century. The icons on display, including Archangel Gavril (16th century, Novgorod School), are brilliant examples of the distinct style of Russian icon painters which evolved from a faithful reproduction of Byzantine art. Marked until the late 19th century by the influence of painters such as Theophanes the Greek or Andrei Rublev, Russian painting combines the old traditions and Western European influences, attaining some great technical refinement in the process. The 18th century Peter the Great-imposed reforms marked the beginning of modern Russia but also the decline of Byzantine style in Russian painting, whose effects translated into the setting up of the Russian easel art painting school and the first Western European art collections. The new generation of Russian painters of the 19th century brings Russian art in sync with the European artistic trends and movements. They observe and depict in the most faithfully realistic style Russia’s nature and ordinary people (Autumn on the Volga by Konstantin Ivanovici Gorbatov, Landscape with People by Ilia Efimovici Repin, Caucasian Interior by N. Sacilov), taking inspiration from literature, folk customs and traditions in an attempt to depict the specificity of the “Russian spirit” (Russian Dance by Filip Andreevici Maliavin).Visiting program: Wednesday thru Sunday, 10.00 am – 6.00 pmTicket prices: Regular – RON 4; Discount – RON 2.