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January 21, 2021

National Culture Day: Eminescu in Contemporary Graphic Arts – 130 Years

On the occasion of celebrating the National Culture Day and also 130 years since Mihai Eminescuțs death, the project entitled “Eminescu in artele grafice contemporane – 130 ani” (e.n. – “Eminescu in Contemporary Graphic Arts – 130 Years”) explores the role of Eminescu’s opera in the creation of the Romanian visual artists.

The exhibition presents both a selection of works of art inspired by Eminescu’s writings and a selection of editions of Eminescu’s works (some of them being rare editions) illustrated by Romanian artists.

The exhibition gathers graphic works dedicated to Eminescu’s creation, signed by the artists: Nicolae Alexi, Aurel Bulacu, Constantin Baciu, Mircia Dumitrescu, Ligia Macovei, Tiberiu Nicorescu, Ion Panaitescu, Vasile Socoliuc, Done Stan, Mihu Vulcanescu, and book graphics illustrations.

The project “Eminescu in Contemporary Graphic Arts – 130 Years” also has a component of research of the specific significance given to the national poet in different historical and political periods, in visual arts. In this respect, four documentaries will be made with literary historians and critics and arts historians and critics, available on the Modernism.ro YouTube channel.

On one hand, the project aims at exploring, through an exhibition, the ways in which Mihai Eminescu’s work is a source of inspiration for the visual artists, and on the other hand, at reflecting on the manner in which the myth of the national poet is perceived and illustrated by artistic means in different historical periods.


Eminescu between communism and democracy


1989 was Eminescu’s Year (the centenary year), as well as the year of the fall of communism in Romania. In the multitude of cultural and exhibition events organized at that time, the Romanian graphic artists brought their contribution by making a group of works dedicated to the national poet. Artists like Done Stan, Mircia Dumitrescu, Ligia Macovei, Constantin Baciu, Nicolae Alexi, Aurel Bulacu, Ion Panaitescu, Tiberiu Nicorescu or Vasile Socoliuc made engravings for Eminescu’s works. One of the journalistic activites of the year 1989 was the album edited by Petre Popescu Gogan, „Ecouri eminesciene in arta plastica” (Eminescu’s Echoes in Visual Arts” – e.n.), published by Editura Meridiane 1989, a reference paper that contains an exhaustive inventory of the works of art inspired by Eminescu’s work.

The project is part of the DARE program initiated in 2015 by PostModernism Museum: „Documenting, Archiving, Revaluing and Exhibiting the art produced in Romania in 1944-1989”. The program consists of a number of different research exhibitions, debates, conferences and publications aiming at reevaluating the communism phenomenon in social and cultural terms, on the occasion of celebrating, in 2019, 30 years since the Romanian Revolution of 1989. The innovative concept launched by DARE is the result of a historical, anthropological, artistic and sociological multidisciplinary view. The exhibition research presents documentary sources that are archive materials, memorabilia, movies, publications, audio-video interviews, in order to seriously and broadly open discussions and subjects that are still sensitive and tensed in historical terms, by using exhibition, debate and publications as means of expression.


This cultural project is supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity.

Producer: PostModernism Museum

Partner: The National Museum of Old Maps and Books


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