A “Socialist architecture in Bucharest City” exhibition comprising blueprints of local communist landmarks will open at the PostModernism Museum of Bucharest and stay open throughout May 1, organisers report in a press statement.
The exhibition provides a comprehensive view of the subject supported by the simultaneous display of original documents, drawings, photographs and blueprints from the Horia Marcu collection, currently part of the Daniel Balint private collection.
Horia Maicu (Harry Goldstein until 1947) was the city’s chief architect in 1958-1969, having left his personal imprint on many iconic buildings of Socialist Realism in Bucharest City, all still functional buildings such as the National Theatre House, the former Scinteia House (now the Free Press House) and the Palace Hall.
For the first time ever on display will be hand-drawn blueprints, carefully detailed. Maicu’s pictures and travel notes from his working trips to Italy and France, as well as series of documentary pictures of the huge construction sites of the buildings are presented in a dynamic panorama. Rounding up the exhibition are six exceptional video interviews of 2015 with architects, now senior citizens, who were living and working in the communist Bucharest City: Romeo Balea, Alexandru Budisteanu, Mihail Caffe, Emanoil Mihailescu, Sorin Vasilescu and Vintila Savulescu, reads the statement.
The curatorial project “Socialist architecture in Bucharest City” is part of a DARE research, archiving, re-evaluation and display programme of Romania’s arts output between 1945 and 1990 carried out by the PostModernism Museum.
The museum is located in the SWAN Technology Park, Kingston Building, 15-23 Bucuresti Nord Road.