press release

The Cotroceni National Museum organized on Thursday, September 25, 2014, the opening of the exhibition „Magnolia“, signed by the famous contemporary Romanian painter with strong connections to the German space, Ioan Iacob.

Born in Biertan (Sibiu), in 1975, at the age of 21, painter Ioan Iacob established in Düsseldorf (Germany). Between 1977-1984, he studied at the Art Academy in Düsseldorf, class of Gotthard Graubner. In 1980 he was offered a study trip to Egypt, by the Düsseldorf Art Academy and between 2005 and 2009 he studied in Israel.  Between 1986 and 2014 the artist participated in various individual and group exhibitions in Germany (Düsseldorf, Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Cologne, Berlin, Mannheim, Krefeld, Hameln, Marburg, Duisburg, Solingen, Neuss, Bochum, Darmstadt, Marburg, Oldenburg), the Netherlands (Rotterdam), Poland (Krakow), Belgium (Brussels, Liege), Israel (Ein Hod Artist's Village, Haifa, Tel Aviv), USA (California), Austria, Italy (Perugia), Spain (Riojo), Romania (Bucharest - Cărtureşti Library, Mogoşoaia, Dignitas Foundation, Sibiu - Brukenthal, Cluj - Art Museum, Constanta - Art Museum, Tulcea - Art Museum, Bistrita - Arcade Gallery 24, Timisoara - Art Museum).

Ioan Iacob’s works were also included in exhibitions organized by Kunstpalast Museum Düsseldorf, Kolumba, Köln, Würth Museum, Künzelsau, Germany, the Brancovan Palaces of Mogosoaia Museum, Bucharest, Cluj-Napoca Art Museum, Constanţa Art Museum, Timişoara Art Museum, Tulcea Art Museum. The exhibition signed by Ioan Iacob, organized by the Cotroceni National Museum includes 60 paintings, 20 of them being part of the series „Oil, water, coloured powders“, 2013-2014, mixed media on paper.

Magnolia is a new series of paintings inaugurated by master Ioan Iacob, designed specifically for the Cotroceni National Museum exhibition, even though the flowers have been part of the artist’s universe long before this event. According to art critic dr. Doina Păuleanu, „flowers have been a strong theme throughout the years and series reported by scholars and imagined by the painter in an unflinching creative effort; but only now did they become a real theme, a symbol, a title, while the painter seems to be trapped inside them, declaring them unconditional obedience“.

Along with flowers, the exhibition also reunites landscapes, portraits (including a self-portrait), compositions displaying various characters, houses, interiors, animals, still lifes. Ioan Iacob’s work is marked by a realism full of spirituality, demureness, constructive refusal to abstract, with each exhibition expressing something new, adding other meanings and forms to the initial nucleus.

According to his own confession, for Ioan Iacob, „free time equals painting. It is both a profession and a passion“.