The National Museum of Art of Romania

Corneliu Baba – Confessions.1944 – 1965

Curators: Monica Enache, Maria Muscalu Albani

National Gallery (groundfloor)
2 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month

More than seventy paintings, drawings, preparatory sketches from the museum’s collection and from that of the artist retrace his journey from a child with a leaning towards visual expression to an accomplished artist. In doing so the selection mirrors many of the artist’s confessions as recorded in the volume of confessions written from 1944 until 1969. This striking parallel is all the more interesting as confessions cover primarily the very first decades of the communist regime in Romania. Baba’s realism, inspired by Velázquez and Rembrandt, becomes an advantage well put to use at a time when “socialist realism” prevailed, as did the many ideological pressures. The artist prudently jots down those things that which reflect his interest in the plastic idiom, such as light and lighting, the balance of volumes, the use of colours.

The dust on workers faces is perceived as a powerful expressive element as are the dress and cloak worn by actress Lucia Sturdza Bulandra and novelist Mihail Sadoveanu, whose gestures and sitting pose contribute greatly to the overall quality and depth of the portrait.

Next to paintings and drawings from the artist’s mature years the exhibition includes for the first time works from his school years as well as photographs from the family archive.

The volume Confesiuni și jurnale: 1944-1965  [Confessions and diaries: 1944 – 1965, available exclusively in Romanian] which accompanies the exhibition was published care of Ms. Maria Muscalu Albani, Corneliu Baba’s dedicated legatee.

Curators: Monica Enache, Maria Muscalu Albani

National Gallery (groundfloor)
2 November 2018 – 28 April 2019
Visiting hours: Wednesday to Sunday, 10.00 -18.00
Tickets: 10 lei
Free: every first Wednesday of the month