A “Contemporanii” event at TNB (National Theatre of Bucharest), in the Media Hall Foyer, “Inercontinental” wing, from April 19 to May 19, 2016
The opening of the painting exhibition “Sapte Zile la Redondo-Seven Days at Redondo”, together with launching of the catalogue having the same name, will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at 6 p.m., at the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest, inside the Media Hall Foyer – “Intercontinental” wing.
The exhibition will bring together more than 50 paintings and photographic works bearing the signature of seven Romanian painters: Florin Ciubotaru, Dorin Coltofeanu, Teodora Coltofeanu, Sorin Iosub, Elisabeth Ochsenfeld, Christian Paraschiv, Mihai Sarbulescu and the illustrator Mihail Alexandrescu. Beside them, Veronica Kirchner, the journalist who accompanied the group of artists along their residence, is signing the editorial content of the exhibition catalogue.
The exposed works and the exhibition catalogue are a glimpse of the seven artists participating to the artistic residence “Seven Days at Redondo”, an event organized in August 2015 in Redondo city, Portugal.
The “Seven Days at Redondo” exhibition is organized within the “Contemporanii” Project, together with the Romanian Cultural Institute and with the Embassy of Portugal at Bucharest, as co-organizers.
The Romanian Cultural Institute President Radu Boroianu, The Ambassador of Portugal in Bucharest João-Bernardo Weinstein, The Representative of the Camões Institute in Romania Daniel Perdigão, the Manager of the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest Ion Caramitru and the Trustee of the Exhibition Maria Pasc, will have a speech in the opening of the event.
The “Seven Days at Redondo” exhibition can be seen during April 19 to May 19, 2016, in the opening hours of the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest.
“The possibility of spending seven days in a small town which is known for its’ beauty, had the mission to harmonize different artistic personalities. The works belonging to the seven painters bear the seal of the inner light which has the power to make the colors of an exceptional reality to be visible. I know them and I can tell you that the way they are together in a high spirit action, a spirit of the superior morality and of the profound knowledge of the world, saves a forgotten ideal: kalokagathia, the union between good and beautiful. Through these seven days, through these painters and this exhibition, we can go in a different trip to Redondo”, stated the President of the Romanian Cultural Institute, Radu Boroianu.
The Ambassador of Portugal in Bucharest, João-Bernardo Weinstein, said: “When you see again places and landscapes which are so familiar to you, through the eyes of a foreign artist, it’s like you make a new discovery, it’s like you start a real and very welcome adventure. Seven Romanian painters traveled in Portugal, and now they invite us in a journey through the images they gathered, through the light and color they kept, through the spirit they managed to bring with them by memories they transposed in their paintings, which the exhibition brought together in a rich variety of styles and perspectives. I would like to underline the importance of this exhibition, offered by the dimension of the intercultural experience, by the possibility to have, undoubtedly, both an artistic and institutional dialogue and most of all a human one. Living together in a foreign country allowed the Portuguese people to know a group of Romanians, and the latter to discover Portugal and the Portuguese. Bridges were created and doors were opened”.
“Portugal, a country of brilliant poets and courageous sailors, where castles and cathedrals rose form stone, didn’t have painters to answer to the infinite range of light which the country enjoys. Therefore, come, you Romanian painters, you masters of combining color on the canvas and on the embroidered peasant blouses, come and paint the Light in which Lucian Blaga used to write his poems, absorbing, at the ocean seaside, the Atlantic breeze!” said the Representative of the Camões Institute in Romania Daniel Perdigão.
“So we say «Welcome!» to the seven Romanian artists which delight our view with their artistic production, coming after a documentary journey and a Lusitanian residence, exhibited on the panels inside the Media foyer of TNB, bearing the title of “Şapte zile la Redondo”. By their presence inside the National Theatre, these artists implicitly become Romanian culture’s ambassadors, since TNB consists in a real national cultural brand, being one of the main producers of Romanian cultural image. This privileged position is asking to be exploited, but more than this, to be honored by all the artists which enter in TNB”, the Manager of the “I. L. Caragiale” National Theatre of Bucharest Ion Caramitru stated.