By May 15, 60 galleries and cultural institutions from Romania and from abroad, 5 private collections which are first time exposed and a central exhibition consisting in 350 works celebrating the Dada Centenary, will make the visitors to question everything they know. The public is invited to discover what a Palace of Art means, a palace which was included again in the urban circuit and in Bucharest’s history, on the occasion of Art Safari 2016. Dacia-Romania Palace is the place where art happens.
Located in the Historical Center of Bucharest, at 18-20 Lipscani Street, the historical monument building named Dacia-Romania Palace hosts the above mentioned art event. After a long period of time in which it was closed to the public, the former Palace of Dacia Insurance Company, the first Romanian insurance company, reentered in the cultural circuit of the city due to the partnership between Bucharest City Hall and Bucharest Art Pavilion – Art Safari.
From the latest active galleries (Balamuc, AICC, Borderline Art Space, Pilat Gallery, Nostru Group etc.) to the already known and influential ones (Anca Poterasu Gallery, Annart Gallery, Laborna Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Yourself, Galateca, Jecza etc.), you feel like the entire elite of the artistic world is in Bucharest. There will be also present galleries which are exposed for the first time in Bucharest, coming from Timisoara, Botosani, Craiova, Iasi, Oradea, Sibiu, Miercurea-Ciuc, Bistrita, or the ones from the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. This year, Art Safari visitors will have a surprise signed by Brancusi: his ecorche.
Famous international specialists will not be missing
Central Exhibition will be dedicated to the Dada movement centenary (a movement raised from the effervescence of the Romanian art frame of the beginning of the 20th century), as well as to the influence of this movement on the international visual art. The exhibition gathers art works belonging to important private collections from Romania or hosted by museums, such as: Victor Brauner, Arthur Segal, Ion Bitzan, Tristan Tzara, Jean David, Georges Brassaï, Jules Perahim, Max Ernst, Hans Janos Mattis-Teutsch, Margareta Sterian, Ion Grigorescu and others. At Art Safari, visitors have the possibility to admire art works signed by more then 800 artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. Raya Zommer-Tal, director of Janco-Dada Museum in Ein Hod, Israel, is also present in Bucharest, being the trustee of this exhibition, together with Igor Mocanu.
The public has the possibility to enjoy lots of concerts, public readings, performances, theatre shows, artists presentations, various debates and conferences which will attract even an “interstellar dialogue” registered by Discovery Channel, between famous astronauts, including Dumitru Prunariu.
Kids will be also considered, since Art Safari will organize lots of workshops to open their cultural perspectives and to challenge their creativity.
Moreover, within Art Safari you can assist to conferences which will benefit of international specialists such as: Tom Sandqvist, Professor at University College of Arts, Crafts, and Design in Stockholm (Sweden); Estelle Pietrzyk, Head of Trustees at the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum in Strasbourg (France); Marina Vanci Perahim, Professor Emeritus at Pantheon Sorbonne (France); Michael Finkenthal, Professor at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore (USA) and Horia-Roman Patapievici (Romania).