11th Edition

(February 10th – May 14th 2023)


International Pavilion

Spanish Painting of the 19th Century - Great Masters


The exhibition focuses on the career of the great Spanish painter Joaquin Sorolla y Bastida (1863 - 1923), who excelled in the painting of portraits and monumental works of social and historical themes. His most typical works are characterized by a dexterous representation of the people and landscape under the sunlight of his native land. Using heavily impastoed pigments, he combined an Impressionist manner with narrative and anecdotal themes.
His work will be exhibited alongside:
Mariano Fortuny, Raimundo de Madrazo, Ignacio Zuloaga, Francisco Miralles, Ramón Martí Alsina, Agrasot, Romà Ribera, Federico de Madrazo, Isidre Nonell, Francisco Masriera, León Garrido, Joaquín Agrasot, Luis Masriera, Salvador Sánchez Barbudo, Manuel Ramírez Ibáñez, José Navarro Llorens, José Benlliure, Antonio María Fabrés y Costa, Antonio Reyna Manescau, Martín Rico y Ortega.

Curator: Óscar Carrascosa


Romanian Pavilion

Ion Theodorescu-Sion (1882-1939)


The artist studied in Paris to complete his training as a painter. From a very young age, he began to experiment with very different styles of painting, proving his ability to assimilate and adapt.
Ion Theodorescu-Sion traveled a lot in Europe and constantly sought to elevate his plastic language. He was inspired by Ressu, Cezanne, Derain and even assimilated a Cubist influence from Georges Braque. However, one of the most important influences felt in Sion's creation was the Symbolist one, which will intertwine with all his artistic periods.
Thematically, the painter turned his attention to Romanian village life and to the traditional motives. The series of paintings with Romanian subjects reveal Sion's painting, both thematically and stylistically.
The large compositions, with pyramid-shaped characters, have a scenic air, with an idyllic nuance. The reality is captured in a snapshot but rendered on canvas with Cubist stylistic attitudes, an aspect that makes the paintings look even more interesting.

Dr. Elena Olariu, curatorul expoziției
Expoziție realizată în parteneriat cu Muzeul Municipiului București