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Art Safari Exhibition, in the Gallery of the Medieval Citadel in Târgu Mureș – News from Mures, News Targu mures

The Târgu Mureș Medieval Citadel Gallery is hosting between August 25 and December 4 the exhibition “Marcel Iancu. Reconstructing the arts Romania – Israel”, curated by Raya Zommer-Tal, director of the Janco Dada Museum, and organized by Art Safari, within the 9th edition, concluded on August 7. The project is supported by the Târgu Mureș City Hall.

Marcel Iancu was a phenomenal artist of the 20th century, who divided his artistic career into two periods – the first 46 years in Europe, followed by 43 years in Israel. The exhibition organized by Art Safari is the largest so far present on the territory of our country, where it was born, and was organized in partnership with Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel, the Embassy of Israel and the Union of Romanian Architects.

The exhibition dedicated to Marcel Iancu delighted the visitors of the 9th edition of Art Safari, being appreciated by both the national and the international public. The exhibition was made in partnership with Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel, the Embassy of Israel and the Union of Romanian Architects. After the success it had in Bucharest, the plastic art exhibition makes a tour to Târgu Mureș, to be admired by an even larger audience.

“Marcel Iancu was an artist with multiple vocations, painter, architect, graphic artist, leaving us an impressive legacy that the public initially discovered in the Old Center of Bucharest, at the Dacia-Romania Palace (Bucharest City Museum), and on August 25 and in the Târgu Mureș Medieval Citadel Gallery. It is an exhibition that aroused a lot of admiration and that you must see at Târgu Mureș”, said Ioana Ciocan, Art Safari General Manager.

“Marcel Iancu, the great nonconformist of the 20th century, along with Tristan Tzara and Ion Vinea, is one of the founders of the Dadaist movement, a universal current so widespread throughout Europe. It is a great opportunity for Târgumuresians to be able to admire the works of the great avant-garde artist here at home, because we know that over time he has exhibited in New York, Paris or Milan. I wish that Târgu Mureș becomes a city open to great culture and that we don’t miss any opportunity to honor the memory of our great artists. That’s why I’m glad for the opportunity to collaborate with Art Safari in this sense”, said Soós Zoltán, the mayor of Târgu Mureș.

Marcel Iancu – from Romania to Israel – an exceptional cultural history

Marcel Iancu (1895 Bucharest – 1984 Ein Hod, Israel) was an artist-phenomenon of the 20th century, both for Romanian and universal art. Complex personality, artist with multiple vocations, painter, architect, graphic artist and essayist, Iancu was at the center of the most important Avant-garde movement and was connected with all the great revolutionary artists of the time.

The artist was born in Bucharest, in 1895, in a family of Jewish origin and in 1914 he went to Switzerland to study. He started with mathematics, but after only one year he gave it up in favor of architecture, at the Polytechnikum Academy in Zürich.

Marcel Iancu’s creation went through several periods, depending on the influences of the avant-garde currents in which he took part. During the Zurich period and the one immediately following, he embraced the Dadaist experiment, but once it turned towards an affiliation with Surrealism, Iancu moved away from the movement and migrated to a Cubist-Constructivist plastic language.

In 1941, with the anti-Semitic law in Romania, Marcel Iancu moved with his family to Israel, where he continued his artistic career, with the same success. Iancu became one of Israel’s most important artists, with 30 personal exhibitions in Tel Aviv, Haifa, New York, Paris, Zurich, Basel, Milan. To honor him and continue the artistic legacy of great importance for the history of the arts, the Janco-Dada Museum was inaugurated at Ein Hod in Israel in 1983, a year before his death.

During his time in Bucharest, Marcel Iancu explored his architectural talent, and in the 1930s he designed numerous modernist buildings, shocking for the Bucharest landscape of the time. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s revolution and the functionalist tendencies that were asserting themselves, constructions such as Vila Fuchs (Fuchs Villa) or Casa Juster (Juster House) appeared.

Marcel Iancu was the one who brought the spirit of modern architecture to Romania (the main modernist architect of Bucharest). Between 1922 and 1938 he designed more than 40 buildings in Bucharest, mostly houses for one family.

“I feel honored to have the opportunity to exhibit, for the second time in Romania and the first time in Târgu Mureș, the works of Marcel Iancu from both periods: the one spent in his native country and the one in Israel, the collection of the Janco Dada Museum. I am confident that this traveling exhibition in Târgu Mureș will be a unique experience both for me and for the residents of the city”, said curator Raya Zommer-Tal, director of the Janco Dada Museum.

Exhibition visit schedule and access

The exhibition “Marcel Iancu. Reconstructing the arts of Romania – Israel”, curated by Raya Zommer-Tal, will be available from August 25 to December 4, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12:00 and 20:00 at the Medieval Citadel Gallery in Târgu Mureș. Access is free.

About Art Safari Bucharest

Art Safari, a cultural project funded by the Ministry of Culture and supported by Lidl, GLO and Deutsche Bank, specializes in the creation of exhibition pavilions. The annual organizer of the Bucharest Art Pavilion – the largest conglomerate of art exhibitions in Romania – now in its 10th edition, carries out, in partnership with Romanian art museums and private collectors, extensive retrospective exhibitions that aim to recover values of heritage. With a strong educational side, its mission is to bring art closer to the public and educate new generations by organizing art workshops for children, guided tours and contemporary art exhibitions in unconventional spaces, such as Henri Coandă Airport or the Bucharest metro . Art Safari is held under the patronage of the Bucharest City Hall and UNESCO Romania and is made in partnership with the Bucharest City Museum, the Romanian Cultural Institute and the National Art Museum of Romania. The official Art Safari partner is BCR. In the 9 editions so far, it has registered almost 300,000 visitors. More details can be found on the artsafari.ro web page.


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