Romania in the spotlight2 min
Through 14th July 2019, the France-Romania Season presents an opportunity to discover Romanian culture: its visual and digital arts, its theatre, its music, its gastronomy, etc. A few examples of events to come in the spring of 2019 or unveiled in recent weeks.
Sunflower, by Ștefan Bertalan
Born in 1930 in Romania, Ștefan Bertalan is interested in the growth of plants, the evolution of which he follows through drawing, journalling and photography. He is exhibiting his photograms of this artistic transformation. Sunflower is part of the exhibition "La Brique, The Brick, Cărămida" devoted to contemporary Romanian art at the Kunsthalle in Mulhouse. Presented from 14th February to 28th April 2019, the exhibition reveals an active Romanian artistic scene, from the dawn of the 20th century to the present day. The works come from the collection of Ovidiu Șandor, a collector and patron from Timisoara, a twin town of Mulhouse.
Study for P., by Răzvan Boar
Born in 1982 in Romania, Răzvan Boar produces monumental paintings, drawings on paper, along with collages and sculptures, in which drawings turn into fantastical characters, combining sketches and acrylic paint. Study for P. is being presented in Brest, at the Gateway Center for Contemporary Art from 2nd February to 27th April 2019 as part of an exhibition dedicated to the Romanian artist, “The Paintings of Răzvan Boar”.
Artists Talk, by Gianina Cărbunariu
An ironic reflection on the artist’s investment in today’s world, Artists Talk by Gianina Cărbunariu puts big thoughts and little statements into perspective. The play is being performed at the Théâtre des Célestins in Lyon, from 5th to 7th April 2019, alongside OMG by Ioana Păun. Gianina Cărbunariu and Ioana Păun are two iconic figures of the new contemporary Romanian stage, whose dynamic, sharp writing holds up a mirror to their era.
If A Tree Were to Fall, by Adrian Ganea and Kinga Ôtvös
In If A Tree Were to Fall, two bodies interrogate their ability to articulate emotions independently. What happens when motion capture is rendered precisely in a foreign body? If the technology evolves beyond a simple tool which obeys our commands, can it give rise to new sensations? The performance is presented at the Mirage Festival, an overview of digital cultures taking place from 3rd to 7th April 2019 in Lyon, as part of the “Creative Romania” programme.
The White Team (Satan), by Ioana Nemeș
The White Team (Satan) by Ioana Nemeșis is being presented at the Museum of Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean in Marseille from April 4th to June 23rd 2019 as part of the “Persona [România]” exhibition. An exhibition that examines ideas of identity through masks, both contemporary and traditional. Eight visual artists from the new contemporary Romanian scene have been invited to enter into dialogue with the MUCEM collections, specifically items with Romanian ethnographic backgrounds, under the curatorship of Diana Marincu.
“Matisse-Pallady and The Romanian Blouse: Two Artists Under Censorship"
Long-standing friends – both of whom were trained in the workshop of Gustave Moreau – Matisse and Pallady communicated only in letters from 1940 onwards, when Pallady returned home for an exhibition in Romania and never managed to leave the country again. “A Romanian Season at the Centre Pompidou" presents works produced during this period by the two friends, as well as their letters and photographs revealing Matisse's approach. From 28th November 2018 to 20th May 2019 at Centre Pompidou.
The Philharmonic Youth Orchestra of Romania
Under the direction of Cristian Mandeal, on 30th November 2018 the Romanian Youth Orchestra played the Romanian Rhapsodia by Enesco, Manfred by Tchaikovsky, and Concerto no. 2 by Saint-Saëns, at the Paris Philharmonic with Fazil Say accompanying on piano. This event thus launched the France-Romania 2019 Season.
Concert by Marius Mihalache & Band at Ground Control
Bridging tradition and modernity, Marius Mihalache & Band's Saftita project offers a unique mix of Romanian folklore and the rhythms of the Balkans. A mix of synthesizers and traditional instruments, such as the cimbalom, which refreshes the power of the region's pop music. The concert took place in Ground Control in Paris on 12th December 2018, opening Travel in Transylvania, beyond the forests of Romania ("Voyage en Transylvanie, au-delà des forests de Romania").
The Institut français and the project
The 2019 France-Romania Season (November 2018-July 2019) is implemented by the Institut français and, in Romania, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Culture and National Identity and the Romanian Cultural Institute, with the support of the French and Romanian embassies, the Alliances Françaises and other ministries in both countries.