The National Museum of Art of Romania

The Alexandru Phoebus Collection: The Unseen Side

Curator: Liliana Chiriac
Organisers: Liliana Chiriac, Patricia Bădulescu, Marina Iliescu
6 November 2019 – 25 March 2020
The Art Collections Museum, 111, Calea Victoriei
Visiting hours: Saturday – Wednesday, 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Last admission: 17.00 hrs.
Tickets: 10 lei (concessions apply)
Free admission: first Wednesday of the month

The exhibition brings to light 130 works on paper by painter and graphic artist Alexandru Phoebus (1899 – 1954), known for his contribution to Romanian Modernism. Most of the works have only rarely been presented to the public given the highly sensitive nature of both material (paper) and medium (pencil, China ink, watercolour, gouache, pastel). They are representative for Phoebus’s entire creative career, from the 1920s to his final years. 

Works cover a range of subjects which attracted the artist’s attention –urban and rural landscapes, the human face, genre scenes. Compositions reveal a variety of approaches, from Post-Impressionism to the Avant-garde, including Experimentalism (the so-called ‘esthétique noir ‘, specific of inter-war photography and cinema, whereby monochrome tones were adapted to graphic art).

The exhibition also marks the publication of the collection’s repertoire by Liliana Chiriac and Ruxandra Dreptu. The volume is the first of a series of similar catalogues to be published by the Art Collections Museum and can be purchased from the museum’s bookshop.

Curator: Liliana Chiriac
Organisers: Liliana Chiriac, Patricia Bădulescu, Marina Iliescu
6 November 2019 – 25 March 2020
The Art Collections Museum, 111, Calea Victoriei
Visiting hours: Saturday – Wednesday, 10.00 – 18.00 hrs.
Last admission: 17.00 hrs.
Tickets: 10 lei (concessions apply)
Free admission: first Wednesday of the month

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