The spring brings a new exhibition, full of colour, shape and expressiveness, at the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni. It’s the exhibition called “JazzIn the Colour” – a tribute to the famous French painter Henri Matisse, the one who painted the painting “La Blouse Roumaine”.
In the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni, a new surprise has been prepared for the people who love art and beauty. It’s the fifth major exhibition, where lithographs, animation, screenings and a fascinating collection of Romanian blouses will bring a tribute to the French artist Henri Matisse – the one who painted the painting “La Blouse Roumaine”. Specifically, more than 80 lithographs of the French painter – including the renowned series called “Jazz”, audio and video installations with the famous painting “La Blouse Roumaine” and a unique collection of Romanian blouses are included in the new exhibition “JazzIn the Colour”, which was opened on March 24, 2017. The exhibition aims to carry the visitors in the world of the artist Henri Matisse, presenting lithographs of different stages of his work. Specifically, art lovers can enjoy the famous series “Jazz”, containing 20 lithographs made by the painter between 1943 and 1947. This series originally had to be entitled “Cirque”, but the multiple elements found in these works, the memories and the feelings of the artists have contributed to rename it, earning its popularity both because of its colour and simplicity, as well as of the creation process, since Henri Matisse, although he was immobilized, created works using collages of paper. On the other hand, given that Matisse is also the author of the painting “La Blouse Roumaine”, another surprise prepared for those who will come and visit this exhibition is a collection of popular traditional costumes, including Romanian blouses older than 80 years, in addition to the audio and video installations dedicated to the famous painting. Thus, the shirt with sleeve decoration, the mode that inspired the French artist, is one of the pieces exhibited in the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle, where tourists can find the story of each Romanian blouse brought into light by the team of the project called “Romanian blouse flowers”. At the same time, Matisse’s famous leaves will turn the main hall into a colourful oasis, while the series of lithographs “Florilege des Amours”, “Derriere le Miroir” and “A la Rencontre du Matisse”, made by the artist between 1920 and 1969, will introduce the visitors of the exhibition into the last creative period of Henri Matisse. Not at last, another attractive item of the exhibition is MATISSE-THEK, a space specially arranged where there will be screened documentaries on the life and work of the French painter Henri Matisse – one of the most brilliant representatives of the art of the 20th century, as well as one of the main initiators of the modern art. The most interesting thing will definitely be the story of the painting entitled “La Blouse Roumaine” – the canvas with a red background on which a young lady with an innocent face rests, wearing a blue skirt with veils and a white blouse with popular motifs of a unique beauty. He started this work in Paris and ended in Nice, the city where he settled, after a six-month work. The fusion of the lines, the strong colours that harmonized, the oval of the face and the fluffy stitched sleeves, created a painting that will bring the amazing Romanian blouse into the world’s attention. Later, famous designers have introduced the national symbol of the Romanian women in their collections, while in 2013, an online Romanian community – entitled La Blouse Roumaine, after Matisse’s famous painting – initiated the movement by which the day of June 24, when the Sanziene are celebrated, became the Universal Day of the Romanian Blouse.
The exhibition “JazzIn the Colour” will be open until June 25, and the entry price is RON 20. Cantacusino Castle Art Gallery was founded in 2015, the first exhibition being dedicated to the Spanish painter Salvador Dali, followed by those for the artists Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall and Vincent van Gogh.