The National Museum of Art of Romania

An Inhabited Dream / Un rêve habité

An Inhabited Dream /Un rêve habité is a graphic art exhibition which focuses on architecture and the statements this makes, whether it is viewed from a political, economic or ecologic perspective. Regardless of what city may be involved, architecture is closely connected to its reconstruction.

Open 29 September 2017 to 28 January 2018
National Museum of Art of Romania, Kretzulescu Hall
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 to 19.00 (until 30 September) / 10.00 - 18.00 (October to January)

An Inhabited Dream /Un rêve habité is a graphic art exhibition which focuses on architecture and the statements this makes, whether it is viewed from a political, economic or ecologic perspective. Regardless of what city may be involved, architecture is closely connected to their reconstruction.

The exhibition comprises various types of prints by seven French-speaking Belgian artists – Pol Bury, François Schuiten, Luc Schuiten, Luc Van Malderen, Anne Dyckmans, Thierry Lenoir, Thierry Wesel. To them architecture is a means to bring order and harmony into a chaotic urban environment; theirs is a fairly strange visual journey inspired by the manner in which architecture facilitates both ‘construction’ and ‘deconstruction’.

Pol Bury juggles with architectural images by now well-known symbols typical of big metropolises, such as the Statue of Liberty or the Eiffel Tower; Luc Van Malderen’s balanced serigraphs play with the proportions of famous New-York buildings while speaking of order and stability.  The changes underwent by a street tell a compelling story which humorously blends in past, present and future in Luc Schuiten’s series “Une rue de 1850 à 2150 / A Street from 1850 until 2150”, each of the seven prints synthetically addressing a 50-year period. A counterpoint to this series is the dark but utterly expressive social vision which meets onlookers in Thierry Lenoir’s prints.

An Inhabited Dream / Un rêve habité echoes various trends from cartoon to the visual critique of an advertising industry in which iconic New-York buildings are an often overrated motif; such trends marked the collective memory of several generations of artists. Visitors are taken through a visual journey and made to ponder once again over the ‘sprawling city’, a recurrent theme in modern and contemporary Belgian culture.

Parteners: Delegation of the Wallonia-Brussels Federation in Bucharest, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière.

Curators:
Dominique Durinckx, Keeper of Collections, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière;
Catherine De Braekeleer, Director, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière;
Véronique Blondel, Conservator, Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image imprimée in La Louvière.

Open: 29 September 2017 to 31 January 2018
National Museum of Art of Romania, Kretzulescu Halls
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 11.00 to 19.00 (until 30 September) / 10.00 - 18.00 (October to January)
Ticket: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month