The National Museum of Art of Romania

Cobra et Cie.

European Art Gallery (First Floor, temporary exhibition rooms)
28 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
Curators: Catherine De Braekeleer, Director of the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée in La Louvière; Gwendoline Moran Debraine, Florence Huynen
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Tickets: 15 lei
Free: Every first Wednesday of the month

Based on various printing techniques, the Cobra et Cie. exhibition features works by Belgian visual artists who shaped the vision of the avant-garde group CoBrA.

The rather short-lived group (1948-1951) was set up by five artists from Copenhagen, Brussels, and Amsterdam (hence the acronym), who soon managed to rally around similar-minded artists. Eager to challenge prevailing visual idioms and their limits as well as cultural and geographical boundaries, the ideas and the vision of the group survived, its influence reaching far into contemporary art.

Born much as a reaction against the grim experiences of World War II, works by individual artists such as Pierre Alechinsky, Karel Appel, Constant and Corneille nourish on child-like spontaneity and vivid colours remindful of an in-born, original artistic and communication drive; other works, made by pairs of artists such as Karel Appel & Christian Dotremont, Pierre Alechinsky & Carl-Henning Pedersen or Joseph Noiret & Serge Vandercam convey symbolic messages through word-paintings in which writing doubles up as a strong visual element.

Co-organisers: The National Museum of Art of Romania, the General Delegation Wallonie-Bruxelles, and the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée, La Louvière, from whose extensive collection the selection is drawn.
Curators: Catherine De Braekeleer, Director of the Centre de la Gravure et de l’Image Imprimée in La Louvière; Gwendoline Moran Debraine, Florence Huynen

European Art Gallery (First Floor, temporary exhibition rooms)
28 September 2018 – 27 January 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 – 18.00
Tickets: 15 lei
Free: Every first Wednesday of the month