The National Museum of Art of Romania

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Muzeul Național de Artă al României, găzduit în clădirea fostului Palat Regal, adăpostește cea mai bogată colecție de artă românească (medievală și modernă), artă europeană, artă decorativă și artă orientală din țară. MNAR administrează, de asemenea, Muzeul Colecțiilor de Artă, Muzeul K.H. Zambaccian și Muzeul Theodor Pallady.

Alongside our permanet galleries, we welcome you to a select number of temporary exhibitions, in partnership with prestigious museums or cultural institutions.

Curators: Monica Enache, Maria Muscalu Albani

National Gallery (groundfloor)
2 November 2018 – 10 March 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

Curator: Carmen Brad
Kretzulescu Rooms
29 November 2018 – 31 March 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

Curator: Monica Enache

Romanian Modern Art Gallery, Graphic Art Rooms
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Tickets: 15 lei
Free: Every first Wednesday of the month

Curator: Cosmin Ungureanu
National Gallery (groundfloor)
14 December 2018 – 31 March 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

An exhibition supported by the Ministry of Culture and National Identity on the occasion of the Great Union Centennial.

The Rotonda Hall, Știrbei Vodă Street entrance
15 December 2018 to 28 April 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Free entrance

The Art Collection Museum, K.H. Zambaccian Museum and Theodor Pallady Museum are hosted by historical buildings and present many interesting art collections featuring the spirit of the old Bucharest. 

Inaugurated in 1978 as a Department of the National Museum of Art of Romania, the Art Collections Museum showcases artistic interests that prevailed in Romanian society from the early 20th century onward. Over 30 collections on permanent display incorporate a variety of art pieces and collectibles, ranging from Romanian and European fine and decorative arts to Oriental art. Donated over nearly a century by both collectors and artists, they bear witness to their owners’ taste and economic power, their leaning toward famous names or contemporary art, as well as to the artists’ particular interests, surroundings, and daily studio practice. Works by well-known Romanian painters such as Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ioan Andreescu, Nicolae Tonitza, Gheorghe Petraşcu, Theodor Pallady, Lucian Grigorescu, Iosif Iser, Camil Ressu, Francisc Şirato, Alexandru Ciucurencu, Dimitrie Ghiaţă are exhibited alongside European and Japanese prints and drawings, French furniture, Oriental carpets, and folk icons from Transylvania. This unique museum is hosted by the former Romanit palace. The building, an example of modern Bucharest architecture, was recently restored and refurbished. Wherever possible, displays suggest the original layout and atmosphere of individual collections.

Art collector and critic Krikor H. Zambaccian (1889-1962) put together one of the richest and most valuable private collections in Romania. In the 1940s Zambaccian had the house purpose built so as to enable him to display the paintings, sculptures, prints and drawings and furniture he had acquired over more than half a century. Both the collection and the house were donated by him to the Romanian State in 1947.
In celebration of his deed, Zambaccian was made a member of the Romanian Academy.
The collector’s portfolio of Romanian artists offers a brief but dense overview of modern Romanian art, covering representative paintings by founding figures like Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ioan Andreescu, classical modernists like Ștefan Luchian, Nicolae Tonitza, Theodor Pallady and Gheorghe Petrașcu, and post-war figurative painters like Corneliu Baba, Alexandru Phoebus and Horia Damian. Sculptures by Brâncuși, Milița Petrașcu, Oscar Han and Cornel Medrea reflect Zambaccian’s preference for a more traditional vein of modernism. To create a context for Romanian art and enhance his prestige, Zambaccian also acquired works by Cézanne, Picasso, Matisse, Bonnard, Utrillo, and Marquet, which lend his collection a profile unmatched in Romania.  

The museum brings centre stage a core selection of paintings by Theodor Pallady. Together with over 800 prints and drawings from the artist’s Parisian years, these are part of the Serafina and Gheorghe Răut collection, donated to the Romanian state at the end of the 1960s. The collection also comprises French, Dutch, English and Spanish paintings, European furniture and sculpture and a host of various objets d’art which speak eloquently about the manner in which Romanian inter-war intellectuals tried to emulate general trends.

 

Patrimoniul de arte grafice al muzeului cuprinde desene, pasteluri, acuarele și gravuri realizate de artiști români renumiți din secolul al XIX-lea și din perioada interbelică, dar și de artiști francezi precum Delacroix, Bourdelle, Matisse, la care se adaugă colecțiile de gravură franceză, italiană, olandeză și flamandă, sectorul de caricatură și machete de afiș și fondul de schițe și proiecte de arhitectură. Cabinetul organizează periodic expoziții temporare în sălile dedicate artelor grafice din cadrul Galeriei de Artă Românească Modernă și Galeriei de Artă Europeană.

The Throne Hall, the Royal Dining Room, and the Voievods’ Stairs testify to the palace’s royal past. 

The museum's permanent galleries include the National Gallery (Romanian medieval and modern art) and the European Art Gallery, hosted in the palace's side wings. 

The Gallery hosts Romania’s premier collection of European art. In time, the Picture Gallery of King Carol I was complemented with works from various the Ioan and Dr. Nicolae Kalinderu, Toma Stelian, Anastasie Simu, and Al. Saint-Georges collections alongside paintings from the Bucharest Municipal Picture Gallery. After 1950 the collection continued to grow through donations and acquisitions.

Over 900 icons, mural paintings, embroideries, manuscripts, silverware, woodcarvings, many of them unique, amply survey Romanian art from the 14th – to the early 19th century. Items on display showcase developments in Moldavia, Wallachia and Transylvania, reflecting the intricate manner in which a traditional Byzantine layer blended in Oriental as well as Western influences to generate original local art forms.

 

The Romanian Modern Art Gallery tells the story of Romanian art from the mid-nineteenth to the late twentieth century. Representative works by Theodor Aman, Nicolae Grigorescu, Ioan Andreescu, Theodor Pallady among others, illustrate connections with contemporary French painting while those of M.H. Maxy, Marcel Ianco, Victor Brauner trace the contribution of Romanian art to the European avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. Early sculptures by Brancusi reveal the master’s will to break away from academic tradition and find a way of his own.