For the first time in the history of Art Safari Bucharest, the exhibition extends its visiting program from Tuesday, September 22, to Sunday, September 27. This decision was taken for the first time following the recommendation of the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu. At the same time, the main purpose of the extension is to allow the thousands of art lovers who bought tickets online last week to visit the Art Safari Pavilion, where access was slowed down by the flow control, due to the conditions of health & safety measures). The temporary museum covers an area of 11,000 square meters in the heart of the Capital, in the Victoria Tower building (15 Calea Victoriei), and displays 800 works of art valued at over 12 million Euros.
“This year, art has found unexpected ways to offer enjoyment and the number of those who wanted to visit the Art Safari temporary museum amazed us and exceeded our expectations as also noted by the Minister of Culture, Mr. Bogdan Gheorghiu, when he visited the Pavilion, and publicly stated on social media. We took this historic decision to offer the chance to all those who purchased tickets to visit the Pavilion and enjoy art safely, given that the flow of indoor visitors is controlled”, said Ioana Ciocan, Director of Art Safari Bucharest.
“I was delighted to be able to visit this edition of the largest art exhibition, which has already become a tradition in our country, together with my son. In fact, Art Safari is one of the symbolic events for Romania, with over 163,000 visitors throughout the 7 editions. Unfortunately, we can only visit Art Safari until Sunday, September 20. I saw how long the queue on Calea Victoriei was and I am convinced that many of us want the event to be extended.
I want, more than ever, to congratulate the organizers for the courage to go further, taking into account all the protection measures imposed by the pandemic, and that they continued to promote Romanian contemporary art and urban culture in Bucharest. But the museums also played an important role, as well as the institutions that participated with important artworks in the retrospectives of Gheorghe Petrașcu, Sabin Bălașa, but also in the declarative exhibition of the School from Bucharest.
However, for all this to take place, it was necessary for everyone involved to work efficiently. The National Commission of Museums and Collections, within the Ministry of Culture, offered support and a short time for approving the exhibition files.
In the future, I would like to see more courage and proactivity from the museums that have shown reluctance to participate in the great retrospective of Gheorghe Petrașcu, in this pandemic context. We need as many such exhibitions as possible, to bring the national artists back to the public’s attention”, wrote the Minister of Culture, Bogdan Gheorghiu, on his Facebook page.
Tickets, visiting hours and security measures
The event is under the patronage of Bucharest City Hall and UNESCO Romania and is realized in partnership with the Romanian Cultural Institute and the Museum of Bucharest.
Tickets, subscriptions and night tours can be purchased on https://tickets.artsafari.ro, but also at the entrance to the Victoria Tower Pavilion (15 Calea Victoriei).
Art Safari can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, between 12:00 and 21:00 (last entry 20:30, exit 21:30). Night Tours will be held from Wednesday to Sunday, starting at 22:00. Visitors attending the Night Tours will enjoy guided tours, art performances and live music. The PlaCello ensemble, composed of some of the most valuable current cellists in Romania – Răzvan Suma, Ștefan Cazacu, Ella Bokor and Mircea Marian – will offer unique cello recitals during the Night Tours. And the artists Costin Ioniță and Ana Bănică will perform in live art shows.
The access of each visitor to the temporary museum is controlled and the visiting route is unidirectional, circuit type, being established visiting flows in different exhibition areas. All the visitors have their temperature checked at the entrance, this being a mandatory condition for access. Public access is allowed only under the conditions of proper mask wearing during the whole visit.
The main exhibitions hosted by Art Safari
„Sabin Bălașa. Blue” Pavilion, curated by Ioana Spiridon, brings to public’s attention the work of one of the most famous contemporary Romanian artists, as contested as it is loved. Sabin Bălașa was an artist with an extremely dense work, with an original coloristic and a representative of “cosmic romanticism”. The exhibition also includes a series of monumental works of large dimensions, belonging to museums and public institutions, including the Chamber of Deputies, valued at about 100,000 Euros each.
„Gheorghe Petrașcu Museum Pavilion. About the charm of reality”, coordinated by art historian Ruxandra Dumitru and the director of the“ Curtea Domnească ”National Museum Complex in Târgoviște, Dr. Ovidiu Cîrstina, hosts the largest exhibition in the last 50 years dedicated to the master, with works valued at about 8 million Euros in total.
The Central Pavilion „The School from Bucharest. Tradition, love, betrayal”, curated by Silvia Rogozea, programs director at the National Museum of Contemporary Art, makes a radiography of free art, created by artists from various generations, post-1990. Among the famous artists present in the exhibition are Corneliu Baba, Horia Bernea, Geta Brătescu, Daniel Knorr, Alexandru Rădvan, Dumitru Gorzo and Saddo. Visitors can also admire works created especially for this exhibition, including two large drawings made by Ana Bănică at the scene.
The exhibition “The Art of Behaving Badly”, signed by Guerrilla Girls, brings for the first time in Romania the rebellious art of the anonymous feminist group that has gone viral worldwide. In their four-decade career and exhibitions at MoMA, Tate Modern, Center Pompidou, Venice Biennale, Van Gogh Museum, Art Basel, artists have made numerous interventions and calls through their art – posters, billboards, stickers, flashmob- advocating for racial and gender equality. One of their epic works, “Do Women Have to Be Naked to Get into the Met. Museum?”, is exhibited for the first time in Bucharest, at Art Safari.
Israel – guest country. This year Israel is represented by a large textile installation signed by Gilli Avissar, located in the atrium.
The Children Pavilion “Art is Your Superpower” exhibits works created by children during their isolation time. Also, the little artists have their own educational program within Art Safari Kids – art workshops (watercolor illustration, wire sculpture workshops, glass painting, clay modeling, self-portrait workshops, ceramic painting, comics) and guided tours on a route redesigned for them, in conditions of safety and physical distance.