On Wednesday, April 25, 2018, the National Museum of Art of Romania (MNAR) hosted the opening of the painting, graphics and sculpture exhibition “ART and TRADE. 150 years since the founding of the Bucharest Chamber of Commerce and Industry”.
“I believe that art, culture in general, as well as science, are essential in drawing and consolidating a national identity of authority. We have the responsibility to bring the past to the present, in order to strengthen present and guarantee a worthy, moral and prosperous future. In fact, our ancestors have constantly and strongly supported the cultural and educational actions during these 150 years of uninterrupted existence of the Bucharest Chamber. This is a reality that makes us proud and binds us at the same time” stated the President of CCIB, Univ. Prof. Eng. Sorin Dimitriu, PhD (photo C).
The exhibition gathers works of Romanian and European painting, graphics, sculpture, pre-modern artefacts and facsimiles of documents from the Archives of the Bucharest Chamber, proofs over the time of the evolution of our country’s commercial life. The works of art are made by artists such as Johann Frankenberger, Miklós Barabás, Carol Popp de Szathmari, Emil Volkers, Ioan Andreescu, Nicolae Grigorescu, Sava Hentia, Ștefan Popescu, Francisc Șirato, Camil Ressu, Jean Alexandru Steriadi, Frederic Storck, Alexandru Poitevin-Skeletti, Mircea Olarian and Iosif Rosenbluth.
“This curatorial project was a challenge for us. In a very short time, we have identified pieces that illustrate trade and industry from the beginning of the 19th century, as well as portraits of some of the merchants and traders involved in developing the chamber system of our country, with a notable contribution to the modernization of the Romanian economy” stated the General Manager of MNAR, Arch. Liviu Constantinescu.
The opening was attended by personalities of cultural, academic and economic life of Bucharest, as well as by representatives of the press. This is the second event of the series of events designed to mark the 150th celebration of uninterrupted activity of the Bucharest Chamber and the first of the four thematic exhibitions prepared by CCIB in collaboration with prestigious museums from Bucharest, part of the above mentioned anniversary program, conducted under the slogan “Dialogue. Identity. Value”.
The exhibition is hosted by MNAR at the ground floor of the European Art Gallery (49-53 Calea Victoriei) and will be open to the public from April 26 to May 27, 2018; the visiting program is: from Wednesday to Sunday, from 10.00 to 18.00, full ticket price: 10 lei.