At a loose end? BR brings you the best of Bucharest’s cultural highlights for the weekend ahead.
The Night of the Galleries
The White Night of the Galleries offers a new route map within the framework of the nightly contemporary art events in Bucharest. 26 galleries and 28 alternative spaces mark a varied program in which the public is invited to attend exhibitions of artists presented in premiere, o special production presented at NAG location, art demonstrations, performances, audio – video installations, new locations openings and projects launchings, that will hopefully become landmarks in the promotion of Romanian contemporary art. The detailed program and galleries map will be made available in all participating locations; they can also be downloaded from the event website www.noapteagaleriilor.ro.
Bucharest Wheels Arena 2013
Romexpo will host an event for the most talented rally pilots, enduro bikers, and karting drivers, riders and skaters, but also for the strongest persons from Romania. The event will host the Body Power Strongest Man and feminine arm wrestling competitions. Bucharest citizens will have the opportunity to take part in auto demonstrations, racing, drifting, exhibitions and several driving tests on two or four wheels. Moreover, the Bucharest Wheels Arena is presenting more than 1000 cars and motorcycles, as well as an impressive collection of tuned autos. More details about the event, here.
Rock in Progress with Ovidiu Lipan Tandarica and Raul Kusak
May 24, from 21.30
Hard Rock Cafe
Tickets cost RON 40 or RON 70.
May 25, from 20.00
Tickets cost RON 150 and RON 1,400.
Q.E.D. by Mircea Cantor (in picture)
The National Museum of Contemporary Art
Until April 2014
More than 1,200 people have attended the opening of the first local solo exhibition of one of the most important young artists to emerge on the international scene over the last decade: Mircea Cantor, winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp Award 2011. The QED exhibition, the largest survey of the artist’s works to date, comprises 30 pieces. More details here.
The Human Body
Until June 30
One of the most realistic exhibitions in the world, The Human Body, will stop for the first time in Bucharest, at Antipa Museum, from March 22 to June 30. The exhibition includes more than 200 pieces – human bodies which through dissection of organs and tissue offer a three dimensional perspective of the miracle of the human body. More about this exhibition, here.
“Live tropical butterflies”
Until July 31
Starting on May 1, the Antipa Museum will host the “Live tropical butterflies”, a temporary exhibition organized in collaboration with the “House of Butterflies” and the Vulticulus Geography Society. Visitors will have the possibility of seeing over 30 species of exotic butterflies flying freely in the special greenhouse set up within the “Antipa” Museum’s garden, but they can also witness the “birth” of butterflies. The exhibition can be visited from May 1 to July 31. Tickets cost RON 10 per child/student and RON 12 per adult/pensioner.
Treasures of China
The National Museum of History
Until July 30
Local culture enthusiasts are now able to enjoy a traveling exhibition of China’s Terracotta Warriors: thousands of life-size terracotta figures from an army prepared for battle. Found by coincidence in 1974, they are now considered one of the greatest archeological discoveries of modern times. The exhibition features 101 rare objects – including the Terracotta Warriors – from one of the largest burial sites ever built, the Terracotta Army of the first Emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. Four is the maximum number of these figures permitted outside China in a single exhibition. More details about the exhibition, here.
Mogosoaia Classical Fest
May 25-26, 17.00
For five years now, culture fans have been making an annual pilgrimage to one of the most beautiful landmarks around Bucharest, MogosoaiaPalace, for a top-quality classical music festival that attracts artists from all over the world. This year’s event runs from April 20 to May 26.
May 25 – Ludwig van Beethoven and Paul Constantinescu, featuring pianist Horia Mihail.
May 26 – Quartet Recital ArtMusik, violinist I Marius Biclea, violinist II Emil Stegar, viola Florin Matei and cellist Dan Joitoiu.