Our exhibition of children’s drawings was created thanks to the contribution of artist and teacher Katalin A. Gally, who has donated to the Quadro Archive seventy-three drawings done by children in the 1960s, 1980s and 1990s. These works are a testimony to state education in the visual arts, in conformity with the curriculum of that period, and consist of a selection from material accumulated in the course of an art teaching career spanning over thirty years.
The great majority of the drawings are interpretations of (compulsory) themes and subjects set by the teacher – only a few can be regarded as having freely chosen subjects – and provide an honest picture of everyday life in those times, of the child’s world, and of school, while at the same time giving an authentic impression of the ideology of the political system. Alongside activities related to school and to the Pioneer movement, everyday life (play, shopping), work, seasons, farming, sport, space exploration and the imagined future all play an essential role. In addition to their merits as art, these drawings also have a unique documentary value, since some of them were made in 1990, immediately after the fall of the Ceaușescu regime, and capture not only the communist period but also the Revolution of December 1989.
Through this donation, the Quadro Archive, which has set itself the task of saving and processing documents related to the visual culture of Romania in the 20th century, has been enriched with new and valuable material. Through the honest and timeless language of these children’s drawings, we wish to mark the 30th anniversary of the Revolution by evoking the eternal world of the child.
- Ágota Portik Blénessy
The #27 Quadro Christmas Auction brings to the attention of the art-loving audience a valuable art selection from Romania, featuring over 170 lots, 120 artists, with starting prices between 50 and 25,000 EUR.
The auction will take place exclusively online on the gallery's website from 6th - 8th of December 2019. The works can be viewed from November 25th to December 20th at the Gallery headquarters Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 until 18:00. On the auction's last day, December 8th, the exhibition will be open. The auction will take place on December 6th - 8th, online on the gallery's website, and the art collectors will be able to follow the auction of their favorite works in real time. Please refer to the Auction Rules on the gallery's website at www.galeriaquadro.ro.
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In the series of charcoal and pastel drawings executed by Béla Gy. Szabó in the years 1931-1935, the peripheral districts of Cluj, with their inhabitants and their daily routines, spring to life. These early works of the artist’s, all but a few of which have until now remained unknown to the public, bring before us with unexpected honesty a problem that plagued Cluj in former days: that of unemployment and poverty exacerbated by a severe economic crisis.
The title we have given our exhibition references Béla Gy. Szabó’s Liber miserorum [The Book of the Poor], published by the Minerva Press in 1935, which can be considered as a kind of synthesis of this series with its social theme. He arranged the book in six chapters, thus giving his woodcuts a narrative thread. Between the introductory and closing chapters we find sections entitled Gaudium [Joy], Labor [Work], Quies [Rest] and Tristitia [Sadness]. In these woodcuts the scenes showing social themes that we know from the artist’s large drawings are simplified down to a few lines. While in some of his pastel and charcoal drawings he creates an unsettlingly murky atmosphere by using charcoal hatching, in his woodcuts this tension is achieved by fine line drawing, with the effect of the lines being outweighed by the dark background of the sparsely incised woodblock.
The works showing life on the outskirts of Cluj have been grouped together in the exhibition halls corresponding to the six chapters of Liber miserorum. They give us an opportunity to become acquainted with the daily life of the poor and to observe their happiness, their struggle to survive, their welcome rest and their hopeless sadness.
The individual graphic works and woodcuts consistently produced by the artist between 1931 and 1935 constitute one of the most extensive series in Transylvania and indeed in Romania devoted to social subjects.
The #26 QuadroAuction brings in front of the art-loving audience a valuable art selection from Romaniawith, containing 131 lots, that belong to 100 artists. The starting prices range between 50 and 18,000 EUR. The works can be viewed from from March 26 until April 7 at the Gallery headquarters from Monday to Sunday, from 10:00 to 18:00. The auction will take place on April 5 - 7, online on the gallery's website, and the art collectors will be able to follow the auction of their favorite works in real time.
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The Spirits of a century exhibition reunites over 100 artworks from The Ádám Kovács collection, Budapest, the works being displayed in two separate venues: at the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum and at Quadro Gallery.
A feature of this collection is that in addition to not restricting itself to presenting “national schools”, it also has a way of blending modern with contemporary pieces. Besides refusing to conform to any list of artists who must be included, Kovács also moves freely from one genre or style to another by juxtaposing on his walls works that initially appeared to have nothing in common with each other. This fresh and unprejudiced approach enables him to notice affinities between works, and their being shown in this way increases their impact and enriches our reading of them.
The collection is expanding on a number of fronts: radical personalities in the art world, dramatic artists, Surrealists, the neo-avant-garde, contemporary art. More recently, these exhibits have been joined in the collection by major works by German, French and Romanian artists to provide a wider regional and European perspective.
The decision to stage the exhibition in two venues has made it possible for us to show a major part of the collection, but in accordance with two different conceptions.
The aim of the Cluj Napoca Art Museum exhibition is to give a chronological presentation, facilitating a linear reading, from the works of the Belle Époque, serene and full of the joys of life, to the meticulously executed and yet ironical mosaic by the Spaniard Enric Fort Ballester and the Romanian Șerban Savu, which dates from 2017, in the era of late capitalism.
The material exhibited in the Quadro Gallery presents the collection from a thematic viewpoint and seeks to establish affinities between works from the inter-war period and up to the present day.
These works capture the dramatic quality of the twentieth century. While there are few stylistic similarities between them, they are linked by the way they relate to major world events and by their sensitive awareness of the vulnerability of the individual.
The exhibition is organised in partnership between the Cluj-Napoca Art Museum and Quadro Gallery.