MARe Museum of Recent Art, Bucharest
MUZEUL DE ARTĂ RECENTĂ | Bulevardul Primăverii 15
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Diversitate Stilistică Cu Răspundere Limitată. Colecția Permanentă
09.10.2018 - 30.11.2019
Ion ȚUCULESCU Andrei CĂDERE Doru BUCUR Florin NICULIU Gheorghe BERINDEI Pavel ILIE George APOSTU Aurel COJAN Mihai HOREA Horia BERNEA Horia DAMIAN Vincențiu GRIGORESCU Ștefan BERTALAN Roman COTOȘMAN Diet SAYLER Constantin FLONDOR Paul GHERASIM Sorin DUMITRESCU Mihai SÂRBULESCU Bogdan VLĂDUȚĂ Horea PAȘTINA Christian PARASCHIV Ion DUMITRIU Florin MAXA Marin GHERASIM Ștefan SEVASTRE Alexandru CHIRA Paul NEAGU Napoleon TIRON Vasile GORDUZ Aurel VLAD Mircea ROMAN Florin MITROI Ioana BĂTRÂNU Ion GRIGORESCU Matei BEJENARU Gili MOCANU Anca MUREȘAN Victor MAN Gheorghe ILEA Vioara BARA Ecaterina VRANA Marian ZIDARU Dumitru GORZO Nicolae COMĂNESCU Florin TUDOR Suzana DAN Constantin PETRAȘCHIEVICI Ana BĂNICĂ Tara VON NEUDORF Florin CIULACHE Roman TOLICI Ștefan UNGUREANU Mircea SUCIU Vlad NANCĂ Maxim LIULCĂ Pavel BRĂILA MONOTREMU Ovidiu FENEȘ Cristina DAVID Michele BRESSAN Regele IONESCU Mircea NICOLAE Miklós ONUCSÁN Teodor GRAUR Ion BÂRLĂDEANU Ion GRIGORESCU Gheorghe ILEA Pavel ILIE Teodor GRAUR Ion NICODIM Dan PERJOVSCHI Miklós ONUCSÁN
MARe, the landmark museum of twenty-first century Romania Bucharest, October 9, 2018 – MARe/Museum of Recent Art opens its doors to the public for the first time.
MARe gathers over 120 artworks displayed across 1200 square meters, on five levels designed by Youssef Tohme Architects and Associates (YTAA). This new museum will showcase cutting-edge contemporary art, dating from 1965 up until today. MARe is the first private art museum to be opened in Romania in the past 80 years.
MARe’s permanent collection and Romania’s Great Union Centennial
The decision to launch MARe this year bears particular significance. In 2018 Romania celebrates 100 years since the unification of Transylvania, Banat, Bukovina, and Basarabia to the Romanian kingdom. With its focus on Romanian art produced from 1965 up until the present day, MARe proposes a unique vision of Romanian art from the period of the Communist dictatorship until the fall of the Communist regime in 1989. The MARe collection features over 500 artworks by more than 100 Romanian artists, and includes paintings, sculptures, installations, photography, conceptual and video art.MARe explores a vast range of contemporary Romanian art, reconsidering themes of aestheticism and dystopia, progress and regression, construction and dissolution, dissent and piety, mannerism and blasphemy, tradition and innovation.
A platform for rethinking Romanian art and history
The creation of the MARe building is rooted in the history of the Communist party. Originally designed as a private villa in 1939, the building became associated with the Communist leadership, as a residence of the fearsome Foreign Affairs minister and hardline Stalinist Ana Pauker. The area consolidated its jet-set reputation after Nicolae Ceaușescu came to power, and built his primary residence two minutes away, on the same street (it has since been converted into a museum). When YTAA were briefed to design the architecture of the MARe building, they had to make sure that the heritage of the original building (including a huge underground bunker) were acknowledged whilst also giving the site its own identity and creating a public space that would enhance its relationship with the surrounding city.The MARe building comprises five levels, spectacular terraces, and a garden. Sunlight enters the building from the roof and passes through an atrium crossing four floors to flood the ground floor with light whilst giving visitors an incredible view of the sky. The building appears to ‘float’ above its transparent, glass-only ground floor, an effect magnified by the monolith, windowless appearance of the bunker-like exterior, clad in dark brick and acting as a reminder of recent history.The interior of the museum purposefully disrupts any pre-conceptions of what visitors would usually expect from a museum. Instead of a white cube design, the building comprises a labyrinth of corridors and small rooms to encourage intimacy between the viewer and the artworks.
The transition from socialist realism to controlled stylistic diversity
With its focus on Romanian art produced from 1965 up until today, MARe gives visitors a unique perspective of the risks, achievements and compromises that Romanian artists faced during the Communist dictatorship and after the fall of the Communist regime in 1989. In 1965, during the 9th Congress of the Romanian Communist Party, the official ideology relinquished the dogma of ‘socialist realism’ with the aim of encouraging ‘stylistic diversity’ in the arts, without exceeding the limits set by the regime. From that moment on, previously neglected artists such as the self-taught painter Ion Țuculescu turned into heroes and prophets of innovation. Younger Romanian artists rapidly echoed Western art practices, from abstraction and neo-constructivism to photorealism, and from performance art to land art and installations.
Works by artists on show at MARe include: Andrei Cădere, Ion Grigorescu, Paul Neagu, Ștefan Bertalan, Roman Cotoșman, Pavel Ilie, Diet Sayler, Alexandru Chira, Horia Bernea, Florin Mitroi, Marian Zidaru, Ioana Bătrânu, Vioara Bara, Teodor Graur, Dan Perjovschi, Dumitru Gorzo, Victor Man, Ecaterina Vrana, Vlad Nancă, Gili Mocanu, Anca Mureșan, Ovidiu Feneș, Cristina David, Ion Bârlădeanu and many others.