Mircea Deac would have called the exhibition of the artists from Cluj “Freedom and Diversity”, generously hosted by Senso Gallery.
The very large number of the visitors and the 42 artists who were kind enough to delight our eyes and soul with their works are sufficient grounds to say that this exhibition was a success.
Fildas Art Foundation, the permanent sponsor of the exhibitions hosted by Senso Gallery, has played the role of patron, as the special guest, the renowned art critic Virgil Mocanu, prefers to say.
The event started with a few words addressed by Mrs. Anca Vlad, President of the Fildas Art Foundation, who wanted to say that Senso Gallery will continue to support Romanian artists. This initiative was welcomed by the artists present at the exhibition, because, thus, they have the opportunity to become known in Bucharest. Virgil Mocanu especially noted this, as well as the close proximity of the two buildings which house Senso Gallery and Senso TV. Visual arts naturally overlap, both television and painting are the forms of communication of the artistic phenomenon, whatever forms they may take.
Referring strictly to graphics, the distinguished art critic mentioned that “tonight’s event is an exhibition with some great graphics. Graphics has been a strong point in Cluj, where he practiced the performance of thinking, the need to say something else every time, with those measured steps, typical for Transylvania.
Regarding the tendency people have to distinguish between the capital and smaller cities in terms of appetite for art, Virgil Mocanu wanted to specify that ” we mean by small cities a strictly regional or administrative matter, not a spiritual one, because most of the important things, since the 80s, began to happen in small cities, because they were more free from the restrictions of our immediate and destructive self-censorship. Cluj has always remarked itself through the consistency of the artistic thought, where people make solid art that goes on permanent values involving drawing, composition, spatial thinking, shape, color. Another phenomenon that should not be forgotten is the multiculturalism of this open space with opening towards the western space.”
Within the limits of the same desire to make known and accessible the work of the artists from Cluj, the historian Mircea Deac tried to convince the audience of the appropriateness which would have had the naming of the exhibition “Freedom and Diversity”. Two notions perfectly aligned with creative freedom and escape from conformism manifested in full, especially after 1989, in each of the artists present at the exhibition.
The great artist, Teodor Botis gave the final speech. He wanted to make known the very delicate situation of the Artists Gallery from Cluj, which has recently been closed. With the delicacy that characterizes him, he turned the subject of discussion to what makes him a great pleasure to speak of: Transylvanian art reflected in works of great value, where Blaga’s space of alternation is rendered, which involves our suffering for 1000 years, which is manifested through the desire to move forward in life through what is beautiful. As Dostoevsky said: “Beauty will save the world”. I hope that in this so confused world, when politics consumes other peoples time instead of giving it to us, to find solutions so that from this fight to come to “The wise guys fight with the world”, so to a constructive fight that should cultivate the beauty of human existence, giving you the feeling that we, the artists and you altogether, as the poet said “we will be able to create wings for flying through life.”