Art Safari Bucharest 2020 opens on 11th of September

Mihai-Alexandru Cristea 03/09/2020 | 19:57

The largest event dedicated to art in Romania, organized under the patronage of Bucharest City Hall and UNESCO Romania and realized in partnership with the Museum of Bucharest, will display 11,000 square meters of Romanian heritage and contemporary art, as well as international art. This year, the pop-up museum will be opened in Victoria Tower, a 21st century building, designed to reflect the technological advance, in accord with today’s architecture, located on Calea Victoriei, no. 15.


Art Safari will host here an exhibition dedicated to Sabin Bălașa, a famous contemporary painter. Each canvas of Sabin Bălașa seems to be a window, an open porthole to the universe, a cosmos populated by feminine and masculine beings caught in their path of initiation, always accompanied by animals with a protective role. Along with numerous museums and collectors, the Romanian Chamber of Deputies will borrow from its own patrimony, for the first time in the country, 8 works of art signed by Sabin Bălașa for the Art Safari 2020 exhibition, works that the public will have the chance to admire for the first time in an exhibition.

The Museum Pavilion is dedicated to Gheorghe Petrașcu, whose art has prevailed since its beginnings on the simes of the most relevant Romanian artistic manifestations and has remained appreciated to this day as one of the most important masters of early twentieth century art. “With a serious outfit that seduces the retina of the sensitive and knowledgeable viewer from the first moment, this painting asks you to decipher it slowly, meditatively.” (Corneliu Baba)

This year, Israel is the guest country and will be represented by a large textile installation, signed by Gilli Avissar, located in the Art Safari atrium. “His versatile technique, a game between creation and show, gives Gili Avissar the ability to customize the spaces in which he exhibits. That’s why we know that the worlds he will create for this edition will transport the public to new dimensions. We invite you to discover them at Art Safari” (ES David Saranga, Israeli Ambassador to Romania)

The AFI Cotroceni Art Safari Satellite will also host 1,000 square meters of art, offering four distinct experiences: sculpture, textile arts, mobile installation signed by Obie Platon, one of the best rated young Romanian artists (painter and graffiti artist) and an artistic large installation, designed for all ages. Access to the AFI – ART Pavilion will be free, between September 11-20, 2020.


Increased safety measures at Art Safari 2020 Visitors’ access to the temporary Art Safari museum will be controlled and the visit route will be a one-way circuit, by establishing visit flows in different exhibition areas. Organizers will check the temperature of each visitor at the entrance to the exhibition space, this being a mandatory condition of access. Also, public access will be allowed only if the mask is worn properly throughout the visit. Visitors will be asked to disinfect their hands with alcohol-based disinfectant, provided at the entrance to Art Safari and at multiple other points, at each exhibition level. Tickets with a 30% discount (40 lei for a one-day ticket and 80 lei for a season ticket) can be purchased on

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