The exhibition dedicated to the phenomenal artist of the 20th century, Marcel Iancu, from Art Safari begins its itinerary through the country and can be visited in the heart of Transylvania starting on August 25. 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 Târgu Mureș City Hall.
The exhibition “Marcel Iancu. Reconstructing the arts of Romania – Israel” will be able to be visited between August 25 and December 4, from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12:00 and 20:00 at the Medieval Citadel Gallery in Târgu Mureș. Access is free.
Premiere in Târgu Mureș, national premiere
The continuation of this exhibition made in the national premiere by Art Safari in Târgu Mureș represents a first for our country and opens the way to new such partnerships that allow the creation of traveling exhibitions. 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 public
“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 itinerant 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.
Târgu Mureș is a city in continuous development, with Szecesszió (Hungarian Secession) architecture. Cultural, musical or social events turn it into a point of interest for European culture. An intercultural city of reference, Târgu Mureș is recognized for its impressive cultural tourist attractions, such as the Palace of Culture, an emblematic building for the Szecesszió style, and the Medieval Citadel.
“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 has aroused a lot of admiration and that you must see at Târgu Mureș”, said Ioana Ciocan, General Manager of Art Safari.
Soós Zoltán, the mayor of the municipality of Târgu Mureș, expressed his gratitude for the opportunity offered to the community of Târgu Mureș to host the exhibition.
“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 regard”, Soós Zoltán said.
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.