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February 5, 2023

Works of the painters fascinated by the circus world, exhibited at the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni

After in the recent months the visitors entering the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni could admire the relation between the French painter Henri Matisse and our Romanian blouse through the exhibition “JazzIn the Colour”, now the art enthusiasts are attracted by another surprise. They can see works of the painters who have been fascinated by the circus world. The exhibition will be opened until November 15, the access price being RON 20.

Starting from June 30, 2017, approx. 90 lithographs dedicated to the circus have been exhibited in the Art Gallery of the Cantacuzino Castle in Busteni. The exhibition “Cirque d’Art”, which will close at November 15, brings to the forefront the French painters Marc Chagall, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Hilaire, artists who were fascinated by the circus world and who dedicated a number of works to this form of entertainment. The gallery’s panels will also host works of the Spanish painter Pablo Picasso and of the artist Henri Matisse. In the first part of the exhibition, visitors will be able to admire the works of more than 17 artists, including Jean Cocteau, Hermann Paul, Luc-Albert Moreau and Georges Rouault. A fascinating world will also be revealed to the art enthusiasts by the collections signed by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and Camille Hilaire.

Toulouse-Lautrec was fascinated by the high-class riders reaching the supreme artistry, an attraction that has been reflected by the number of lithographs approaching this theme, by the performances of the acrobats, jongleurs and equilibrists, as well as by the dangerous flights of the trapeze artists. The art enthusiasts will be in touch with the bright world of the circus interpreters also thanks to the artist Marc Chagall, the theme of the circus inspiring a large part of his works. Another attracting item of the exhibition is given by CIRCUS-THEK, a special arranged place where documentaries about the lives and works of the painters exhibited in the art gallery will be screened. And since the organizers of these events combined art with the interactive actions at the recent exhibitions, they will repeat this experience also this time. Specifically, each weekend will bring many surprises for the visitors of the Cantacuzino Castle, from clowns, jongleurs, princesses and many other elements from the circus universe which they can discover on the museum’s domain. “Absolutely everybody went to the circus at least once. Why? Because the circus is fascinating.

There are amazing shows, colored lights, daring acrobatics, adrenaline, costumes full of charm and feelings. Logically, this world captivated some of the most famous painters, such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Marc Chagall, Camille Hilaire and Henri Matisse, who exposed their attraction for the circus by painting amazing moments from the middle of the arena” stated Kut Neuschitzer, CEO at Zamora-Estate, a company that holds the Cantacuzino Castle, according to the information on the presentation website of the castle, announcing the opening of the new exhibition.

Cantacuzino Castle Art Gallery was established in 2015, its first exhibition being dedicated to the Spanish painter Salvador Dali. Later, there have been exhibited graphic works of the artists Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Vincent van Gogh and Henri Matisse. The five exhibitions benefited from the public’s appreciation, being visited by more than 100,000 people. Cantacuzino Castle has been made in 1911, at the request of the Prince Gheorghe Grigore Cantacuzino, also named the Nabob; the monument that has become a historical building was one of the most modern buildings in Europe at the time of its inauguration. In 2010, the Castle has been opened for visiting, and since then, it became one of the most important attractions in the Prahova Valley.



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