The National Museum of Art of Romania

Wildflowers of Romania – A Botanical History

Curator: Irina Neacșu
Art history: Christiana Diaconu

Kretzulescu Hall
12 April - 5 May 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

The exhibition brings together paintings from the collection of the National Museum of Art of Romania, watercolours from the museum of the D. Brandza Botanical Garden in Bucharest along some of the prints published as part of the Transylvania Florilegium. It suggests a possible dialogue between two complementary approaches - the artistic and the scientific. Famous Romanian modern painters such as Grigorescu, Andreescu, Luchian, Pallady, Tonitza often use flowers as a pretext to explore particular areas of interest such as atmosphere vibration, colour contrasts, etc, whereas botanical artists specifically focus on flowers and their accurate rendition. Each and every detail is important and scientifically correct yet such description is by no means void of the poetry and grace of the individual flowers.

The thick colour paste in paintings by Luchian or Țuculescu is complemented by the more or less transparent watercolours in Angiolina Santocono’s 1960 plates featuring various elements from the Romanian flora and by the fresh, soft colouring of the lithographs published in The Transylvania Florilegium, a 2018-2019 two-volume art book made at the initiative of HRH The Prince of Wales.

Transylvania Florilegium is itself an exemplary artwork attempting to shed light on Transylvania’s wildflowers through the collaboration of botanical artists, botanists and art historians whose effort was doubled by that of many devoted craftsmen and women. The selected watercolours are the work of 35 botanical artists from around the world. Made into lithographs and printed on first-quality archival paper, they were hand-bound in two volumes of which only 150 individually numbered copies are made available to those interested. The goatskin and marbled paper binding is printed in gold leaf. The introduction to each set is hand-signed by his HRH the Prince of Wales, the genuine promoter of all things Transylvanian.

Curators: irina Neacșu
Art history: Christiana Diaconu
Kretzulescu Hall
12 April - 5 May 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month