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The Art Safari 2022 pavilion presents the exhibition of the 20th century artist-phenomenon Marcel Iancu

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Along with the pavilion dedicated to Marcel Iancu, Art Safari will also exhibit the heritage art of master Theodor Aman, works by Picasso and Dali in an exhibition accompanied by music, photographs by the most distinguished German photographer – Barbara Klemm, as well as contemporary art signed by Irina Dragomir, the superstar of contemporary art.

Marcel Iancu (1895 Bucharest – 1984 Ein Hod, Israel) was an artist-phenomenon of the twentieth century, both for Romanian and universal art. A complex personality, artist with multiple vocations, painter, architect, graphic artist and essayist, Iancu was at the center of the most important avant-garde movement and was associated with all the great revolutionary artists of the time.

The artist was born in Bucharest, in 1895, in a family of Jewish origin and in 1914 he went to Switzerland to study. He started with mathematics but, after only a year, gave up architecture at the Polytechnikum Academy in Zurich.

Marcel Iancu, the author of the poster for the first exhibition of the Dadaists

In 1917 he participated in the first exhibition of Dadaists at the Dada Gallery in Zurich, together with Hans Arp, Giorgio de Chirico, Paul Klee and Tzara. Moving away from Tristan Tzara, but staying close to Hans Arp, Marcel Iancu continued his journey through Europe after completing his studies and was a top representative of the Vanguard. In 1919, together with Hans Arp, Alberto Giacometti and Emmy Hennings, he founded the group Radical Artists.

Marcel Iancu’s creation went through several periods, depending on the influences of the avant-garde currents in which he took part. During the Zurich period and the following one, he embraced the Dadaist experiment, but once it became an affiliation with Surrealism, Iancu moved away from the movement and migrated to a Cubist-Constructivist plastic language. “Cathédrale” is a work from 1933 that shows how Marcel Iancu migrated artistically to a moderate Modernist, with expressionist accents, exploring something more from a chromatic point of view. The work was sold at auction for 80,000 euros in 2019.

Return to Romania, a period of exploring the talent of the architect

In 1922, the artist returned to Romania, where he became one of the most important promoters of avant-garde art, during which time he continued to exhibit at European art exhibitions, held in Zurich, Paris, Berlin and Warsaw. The year 1925 will be a new year of travel through Europe and the one in which he would meet Pablo Picasso and Constantin Brâncuşi.

During his time in Bucharest, Marcel Iancu explored his talent as an architect, and in the 1930s he designed numerous modernist buildings, shocking for the Bucharest landscape of the time. Inspired by Le Corbusier’s revolution and emerging functionalist tendencies, constructions such as the Fuchs Villa or the Juster House emerged.

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Marcel Iancu was the one who brought the spirit of modern architecture to Romania (the main modernist architect of Bucharest). Between 1922 and 1938 he designed over 40 buildings in Bucharest, mostly houses for a family.

Return to Israel, continuation of artistic career

In 1941, with the anti-Semitic law in Romania, Marcel Iancu moved with his family to Israel, where he continued his artistic career with the same success. Iancu has become one of Israel’s most important artists, with 30 solo exhibitions in Tel Aviv, Haifa, New York, Paris, Zurich, Basel, Milan.

After emigrating, the artist did not design private homes at all, an artistic side that he left a legacy only to Bucharest. Marcel Iancu was a true avant-garde spirit, an artist equally important for international art, as well as for Romanian art, and a bridge between the great and effervescent West and Romania. In 1953 he consecrated the Ein Hod Artists Village and created the Department of Art Teachers at Oranim College.

“After years of successful joint efforts and close friendships, I can say without hesitation that any new edition of Art Safari means for our Embassy a huge new potential for collaboration. The proof is in the wonderful projects we shared: whether we created art with Hanoch Piven, whether we celebrated the Dada Centenary with amazing works, or when we took selfies with the centerpiece exhibited by Gili Avissar. This year we decided to be even more ambitious and invite you to explore Marcel Iancu’s universe. Not only did he define the avant-garde art of Romania and Israel, but he elevated it to an international level of notoriety and appreciation. In order to find our way through Iancu’s complex artistic world, we have the honor of having Raya Zommer-Tal as our guide. Director of the Janco-Dada Museum in Ein Hod, Israel, she returns to Romania and Art Safari as curator of the Pavilion “Marcel Iancu. Reconstructing the arts, Romania-Israel ”. I invite you all to forget about the routine and step into the multifaceted artistic universe of Marcel Iancu “, says HE David Saranga, Israel’s ambassador to Romania.

“The life of the multidisciplinary artist Marcel Iancu can be divided into two chapters: the first 46 years in Europe, followed by 43 years in Israel. The Art Safari exhibition includes works from both periods, it is the first comprehensive exhibition of the seventy years of artistic activity, staged in the country where he was born. A comparison of the works in the two chapters of his life shows that, although the images may have evolved, the landscapes may have been different, and the coloring may have changed, the hand holding the brush and the drawn line retaining the artist’s unique signature, remaining unchanged. throughout his life, ”says curator Raya Zommer-Tal.

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“In the desire to promote excellence in Romanian architecture, the Union of Romanian Architects has been involved for over 30 years in discovering and promoting the personality of Marcel Iancu. The exhibition “Bucharest, 1920-1940: between the avant-garde and modernism” – TNB 1993 (curators Alexandru Beldiman, Magda Cârneci and Mihai Oroveanu) was the one that highlighted the role and importance of the Romanian avant-garde in national culture. This was followed by the “Centennial Exhibition Marcel Iancu 1895-1995”, hosted by MNAR in 1996 (curators Anca Bocăneţ and Dana Herbay), the film “Construct” made in 1995 by Sorin Ilieşiu and Mariana Celac, and the work “Marcel Iancu, Biroul of Modern Studies ”together with“ Marcel Iancu Urban Route ”(leaflet), published by Simetria Publishing House, in 2008.

“We want the exhibition organized at the current edition of Art Safari to convey, along with established information, but also less known about the architect Janco, the author’s innovative, constructive and constructivist spirit, his ability to juggle crafts and arts, with revolutionary concepts and perennial values, with explosive changes of scale from the design of the object and the finesse of the detail, to the great interventions on the urban scale ”, declares Ileana Tureanu, President of the Union of Architects in Romania.

“The most valuable work of this edition of Art Safari is signed by the artist Marcel Iancu, from the collection of the National Museum of Art of Romania, worth over 300,000 euros. We thank the director Călin Stegerean and the entire staff of MNAR professionals for the trust given to Art Safari, but also to the partners who make this exhibition possible in Romania. Also, thanks to the Union of Architects of Romania, the public will be able to see the impressive experiment that Iancu is doing in architecture and will discover its influence on Bucharest “, says Ioana Ciocan, general manager of Art Safari.

Art Safari 2022 program and tickets

Art Safari can be visited between May 12 and August 7, 2022, from Monday to Thursday, in the Dacia-Romania Palace, in the Old Center of Bucharest (18-20 Lipscani Street). In the fall, Art Safari will return with its 10th edition, with a new 3-month exhibition season. It is for the first time in the history of the event when the same space is used for two years in a row, based on a partnership signed between Art Safari and the Museum of Bucharest. Tickets and season tickets can be purchased at https://tickets.artsafari.ro/e.

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