This year’s edition of Art Safari will feature exhibitions featuring the work of Theodor Aman, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Reuven Rubin, Irina Dragomir and Barbara Klemm.
The event, which will run from May 12 to August 7, will be held at the Dacia-Romania Palace in Bucharest.
The exhibition dedicated to Theodor Aman, curated by Elena Olariu, aims to highlight the personality of the artist who contributed decisively to the modernization of Romanian art. Theodor Aman, the founder of the local school of fine arts, reflected in detail on the way of life of Romania’s social and cultural elite through genre scenes presenting snapshots of its contemporary world.
The work of two of the most important Spanish artists of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dalí, will be featured in an exhibition dedicated to Manuel de Falla’s ballet The Tricorn. Picasso was commissioned to create the sets and costumes for the ballet Le Tricorne. For the premiere in London in 1919, he also designed the make-up for the dancers. The Parisian premiere took place in 1920, and in 1921 the ballet received its Madrid premiere at the Teatro Real. Thirty years later, the success of the ballet is repeated in the United States with a scenography by Dalí. The exhibition is curated by Óscar Carrascosa.
Art Safari’s contemporary pavilion will present the exhibition Irina Dragomir. Red, yellow and blue. Considered a rising star of contemporary Romanian art, she made a name for herself with figurative pop works.
The guest pavilion will feature Who was Reuven Rubin? exhibition curated by David Rubin. One of Israel’s best-known modernist artists Reuven Rubin (1893-1974) was born in Romania, in Galaţi, and left the country in 1922. He returned as Israel’s first ambassador to Romania, post as he occupied between 1948 and 1950. His work is present in the collections of the largest museums in the world: MoMA (New York), Museum of Modern Art (Paris), Jewish Museum (New York) or the Tel Aviv Art Museum .
The anniversary pavilion will present the photography exhibition Barbara Klem. light and dark. Curated by Matthias Flügge, the exhibition features photographs by one of Germany’s most distinguished photographers. Many of his images have become “icons of contemporary history”, shaping the cultural memory of several generations. Klemm joined the daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in 1959, working in the photo lab and producing photographic plates, before becoming a photographer on the editorial board for art, culture and politics in 1970. His commissioned work for the newspaper brought her to many of the most important events and places in the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Democratic Republic and many other countries. Photos of East and West Germany before and after unification are the focus of this exhibition.
During the eight editions it organized from 2014, Art Safari welcomed more than 231,000 visitors.
The event is designed as an annual and temporary museum hosting a variety of exhibitions covering both heritage and modern and contemporary art. It also offers an educational program with art workshops for children and guided and private tours for the general public.