Art in Moldavia – Expression in Diversity

A group exhibition of paintings, graphics, ceramics by ten Moldavian artists can be seen in Vigadó Gallery and the display was opened by Monica Babuc, cultural minister of the Moldavian Republic on 20 May.
The cultural cooperation between MMA and the Moldavian Republic began in 2015 and in last April there was a successful exhibition of three members of MMA, Marcell Jankovics, István Orosz and Líviusz Gyulai in Chișinău, the capital of Moldavia.
The exhibition at Vigadó Gallery is a milestone in the cultural relationship between the two countries. This group exhibition can be best regarded as ten solo exhibitions. The displayed ceramics, paintings and graphics largely rely on the traditions of their respective schools - the schools of Kiev, Chișinău and Saint Petersburg - where two cultures meet, the East and the West.
The displaying ten artists are the following: Valeria Barbas, Victoria Cozmolici, Dobrovolschi Oleg, Líviu Hâncu, Valeriu Jabinschi, Irina Kara, Mihai Mungiu, Natalia Podlesnaia, Maria Serbinov, Valeriu Vânagă.
The exhibition was also supported by MMA.
On 19 May Monica Babuc had discussions with György Fekete, the President of MMA and they agreed on continuation of cultural cooperation. In addition Monica Babuc signed a cultural agreement with the Ministry of Human Recoures of Hungary.
Ten painters from the Republic of Moldova: all at one exhibition. Still, there is no joint and well-definable artistic conception behind this exhibition.

This group exhibition is best interpreted as ten solo exhibitions, all expressing their artists' opinions seen from their own perspectives.
The presented ceramics, paintings and graphics heavily rely on the traditions of their respective schools – the schools of Kiev, Chisinau and Saint Petersburg –, where two cultures meet: the east and the west.
On the one hand, the eastern tradition with its preference to content and realist reflections; and on the other hand, the western tradition with its tendency towards decorative stylisation incorporating elements of fauve painting, coupled with cubism and abstractionism. At first sight, these seemingly different artistic images form one common aesthetic plain, which might best be called contemporary artistic tradition. This tradition manifests in continuity but it also carries diverse characteristic features incorporating symbolic elements, yielding a form of expression different from rationalism, conceptualism or structuralism. All in all, the artworks by these Moldavian artists reflect some certain common consciousness, which is essentially based on sentimental and lyrical thoughts.
June 2, 2016