The National Museum of Art of Romania
The Hidden History of a Symbolic Portrait: Tristan Tzara

The Hidden History of a Symbolic Portrait: Tristan Tzara

From 14 August 2019 10:00 until 30 September 2019 18:00
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Wherever disappeared, for over 50 years, the portrait of the avant-garde poet Tristan Tzara painted by M.H. Maxy in 1924?
During all this time, the portrait has been hidden under our very eyes, in the collections of The National Museum of Art of Romania, under another portrait of the same poet, painted by the same Maxy after almost 40 years.

An excellent X-ray analysis of the painting, made by the National Institute for Research and Development in Opto-electronics – „INOE 2000” allowed the confirmation of the hypothesis of curator Monica Enache: the two artworks are one and the same.

We thus propose an investigation – exhibition of evidence – exhibits documenting the whole process of the discovery of a famous painting. Visitors will be able to study both the portrait of Tristan Tzara and the images of the painting made in raking and fluorescent light, as well as X-rays. Alongside still images, footage of M.H.Maxy’s1965 retrospective exhibition held at the Dalles Hall in Bucharest is also presented. This gives visitors the opportunity to better understand the context in which the portrait was shown to the wider public for the first time after its overpainting by the artist.

The exhibition is accompanied by the first issue of the museum’s new bilingual publication series, Notebooks of the Gallery of Romanian Modern Art, dedicated to Maxy’s Portrait of Tristan Tzara.

Curator: Monica Enache
Romanian Modern Art Gallery – Prints and drawings Room
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Last admission: 17.00
Free entrance with National Gallery ticket.

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